Raising children is expensive. But taking them out to eat doesn’t have to be. Just pick a New England restaurant where kids eat free. Many restaurants across New England, from upscale establishments to fast food favorites, offer kids-eat-free deals. Most of them cap the deals at age 12, but you’ll want to call ahead to make sure. Happy (frugal) dining!
For Early Birds
If your family likes to eat on the early side, take them to Abby Park where kids eat free Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from mini cheeseburgers, pizza, mac and cheese, chicken fingers, or grilled cheese. And if you take the fam on Wednesday night, the grown-ups can feast on $1 oysters at the bar beginning at 5 p.m.
Abby Park, 550 Adams St., Milton. www.abbypark.com.
For Funny-Sounding Food:
Order a side of fun with your free meal by eating at Moe’s Southwest Grill on Tuesday nights, where you can get a “Moo Moo Mr. Cow” (a kid-sized burrito) or a Power Wagon (a kid-sized hard or soft taco). Every kids’ meal includes a cookie, kid-sized drink, and chips and salsa.
Moe’s Southwest Grill, Waltham, Natick, Chelmsford, Bellingham, Hanover, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Nashua, NH. www.moes.com.
For Science on the Side:
Kids will delight in fiery onion volcanoes when chefs at Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse cook up their free hibachi meal on Sunday nights. Order the chicken, steak, or shrimp off the kid’s menu, served with soup and rice.
Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, 777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. www.bisutekicambridge.com.
For Entertainment (and Sweets!):
Samba Steak and Sushi House serves up a magic show (and cotton candy!) with its free kids’ meals between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday nights. A house magician entertains kids every weekend as they eat. There is also a gluten-free menu.
Samba Steak and Sushi House, 1138 Worcester R., Framingham. www.sambaframingham.com.
For Pizza Lovers:
Ravi’s Pasta & Pizzeria offers free pizza (as well as toasted ravioli, chicken fingers and fries, and ravioli and meatballs) to kids on Tuesday nights.
Ravi’s Pasta & Pizzeria, 156 Highland Ave., Malden. www.ravismalden.com.
For a Meal that Costs Pennies (or Nickels or Dimes):
This one isn’t a freebie, but it’s close enough. Kids pay what they weigh Sundays until 9 p.m. at The Charlie Horse. That’s right, those hot dogs, hamburgers, fish and chips, and chicken fingers are only a penny a pound on Family Day.
The Charlie Horse, 674 Old West Center St., West Bridgewater; 99 Main St., Kingston.www.charliehorse.com.