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Monday, August 15, 2016

20 More Affordable Kids Meal Options Throughout CNY

Let's face it, we all know fast food restaurants offer some cheap meal deals but they aren't the only ones with affordable options for the family. I recently found a few more free deals for the kids but I also wanted to share with you some cheap menu options at various local places as well. I know sometimes feeding the family can be expensive so I am trying my best to provide a resource to help those trying to make it a bit easier.

I have done a couple others similar to this in the past featuring mostly free meals on specific days and people seem to like it so I thought I would expand on that a bit more here. You can find the links to those lists here and here.

Below is a list of 20 places I found that I think are worth sharing. Some are free...some are cheap...some are just really good values for the money. All of these deals are listed on their websites or social media so you may want to ask your server or call ahead to be sure they still apply. I will include a brief description of each deal and the link to their website or social media page will be in the title of the restaurant corresponding with the numbers associated with it. Each place offers different options associated with their meal so plan carefully if they want a side or drink.

20. Lock 24 Restaurant

This is likely one of the most expensive option on the list however with everything included with the meal, this was worth sharing. They have 4 items on their kids menu for children 10 & under valued at $6.95 each BUT included with that price is the item, potato, a beverage and an ice cream sundae.

Lock 24 Restaurant is at 33 Water Street in Baldwinsville and you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

19. Dinosaur BBQ

This legendary Syracuse BBQ spot makes the list not just because people truly enjoy it but they also have some good options for the kids. Dinosaur's menu offers 6 plates for $6.50 each for children 12 & under. With those plates, the child also will get the option for two sides as well.

For those unfamiliar with the Syracuse location, it is located at 246 W. Willow Street and you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

18. Ale 'N' Angus Pub

Whenever they do a list of best burgers in town, this place is always high on the list. But what you may not realize is it also offers a few kids deals as well in case they want something else. They have three items: pasta for $5, grilled cheese for $5 and a Jr. Chicken Finger Platter for $6.50

Located next the Oncenter War Memorial at 238 Harrison Street, you can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

17. Coppertop Tavern

With locations in Cicero/North Syracuse, Camillus and Vestal, much like their counterpart Tully's, they offer a place for adults or families. If you are looking to take your children 10 and under here for a meal, they offer 10 items with costs ranging from $4.29- $6.29 (drink not included). Be sure to check their website for more details as some things may vary by location and their website breaks it down by location to help you out as well.

16. Dominick's Restaurant

Located at 1370 Burnett Avenue, the restaurant that you probably see driving along 690, offers up various Italian options. Their Bambino options for those children 12 & under cover 6 different options (7 if you count hamburger & cheeseburger as separate options) all for $5.50 each. All items come with a side of french fries and some include applesauce as well.

You can also like their Facebook page here.

15. & 14. Trappers Pizza Pub & Stingers Pizza Pub

Since these are basically part of the same family of pubs, I am just going to post the information together. Trappers is located at 5950 Butternut Drive in East Syracuse and you can find Stingers at 4500 Pewter Lane Building 3 in Manlius.

Their meals are for those 10 & under and all meals are $5 plus tax. With those meals, you also get a side and a beverage.

For more information, you can find Trappers on Twitter and Facebook and Stingers also on Twitter and Facebook.

13. Stella's Diner

Located at 110 Wolf Street (corner of Wolf and Lodi Street), Stella's is open 7 days a week and even an option for those with the Off-Campus Meal Plan.

As for kids 12 & under, they offer breakfast options for $4.29 and lunch/dinner options for $5.59. Their Kid's Choice Menu does also include a small drink.

12. Rico's Ristorante

Looking for Italian-American Cuisine in East Syracuse? You can find Rico's just off 690 at the Bridge Street exit near the Wal Mart at 320 East First Street.

Rico's Children's Menu includes 4 options for $4.95 and 2 for $5.95. Everything except the pasta with meatballs comes with french fries as well. Plan accordingly because Rico's is closed on Mondays.

11. Mac's Local Yolk

I don't like to play favorites with these but this is one on my favorite local spots. Located at the old IHOP at 4603 W. Genesee Street, often times using local products.

You will also find the Little Mac's Menu for kids up to the age of 10. There are 7 breakfast options and 5 lunch option are $4.99 & lunch comes with your choice of fries, apple sauce, or yogurt and a drink.

10. Euclid Restaurant

Located in Clay at 4285 Route 31 out near Great Northern Mall, Euclid is a family restaurant that is closed on Sundays during the summer season.

Their children's menu starts with a hot dog and fries for $3.95 and also offers 8 other options for only $4.95 (6 of the 8 also offer two sides as part of the meal). You must dine in and children must be under the age of 10 as well.

Wanting to follow them on social media? You can find them on Twitter and Facebook if you're interested.

9. The Big Cheese 

Planning to visit Oneida anytime soon or leave nearby? You can find The Big Cheese at 118 Phelps Street and they are open 7 days a week.

What you will also find is two options for the kids. The Big Cheese advertises a spaghetti w/ meatballs plate or spaghetti with butter and garlic for $3.50 or a chicken tenders and fries for $5.25. Of course since it is called The Big Cheese, you can also do a pizza and wings combination for the family starting with a 12" inch pizza and 10 wings for $16.50 up to the sheet pizza, 30 wings and a 2 liter for $45.

The Big Cheese also has a Facebook page which you can find here.

8. Limp Lizard

With three locations in Syracuse, Liverpool and North Syracuse, Limp Lizard is a fun option for some barbecue and maybe a cold draft beer,

They also have a Lil Lizard's menu with 8 options including a BBQ slider or 3 bone ribs and comes with fries as well for only $3.99 each.

You can probably find the individual locations on social media as well but here is the link for the main Facebook and Twitter page.

7. Kim's Cicero Diner

Open 7 days a week (most days only until 1 or 2 PM), including a Friday Night Fish Fry and open menu from 6 AM-8 PM, they are located at 8319 Brewerton Road in Cicero.

They also offer a great variety on their children's menus. There are 7 breakfast anytime options that ranges in price from $2.95 - $3.25. There are also 5 lunch options ranging from $2.60 - $3.99 with option to include either fries or applesauce.

You can also find them on Facebook here.

6. The Waterfront Tavern

You can enjoy dockside dining on Oneida Lake here which is advertised to be in Brewerton but if you are using your GPS, be sure to use the following address 6 US Route 11 in Central Square.

While offering weekly food and bar specials, they also offer 4 Just For Kid options that include kid size spaghetti plate, chicken finger with fries, grilled cheese with applesauce, or haddock bites and fries for $5.99 each.

They also have a Facebook page that you can like and follow along by clicking here.

5. Ole Ole Fresh Mexican Food

If you want some fresh Mexican food in the Mattydale area, swing by the Mattydale Shopping Plaza (where K-Mart, Zebbs, and Woody's Jerkwater Pub & Grub are located) at 2803 Brewerton Road and give this place a try.

Among their menu items are three options for the kids. For only $5, they can get a choice of beef or chicken burrito, or a beef or chicken taco or a cheese quesadilla along with chips and a fountain drink.

Like them on Facebook while you are at it as well by clicking here.

4. BlueWater Grill

If you can spell Skaneateles correctly (despite spell check telling you it's not a word), you may already know about this place at 11 W. Genesee Street.

What you may not know is their "For The Kids" options on their menu. These include a Hofmann frank (my favorite hot dog ever) with a side for $4.50, a flatbread cheese pizza for $4.95, chicken tenders with a side for $5.95 and a BBQ pork sandwich with a side for $5.95 as well.

For more information, go to their website or check out their Facebook page here.

3. Moe's

2. Dickey's Barbecue Pit

If you are in the Cortland area, swing by 160 Clinton Avenue and check out the home of the Big Yellow Cup. Their kids meals come with a side and a drink and if you visit on Sunday, KIDS EAT FREE!!

1. Twin Trees Pizza

Twin Trees is well known for their quality pizza but did you know they also offer a variety of meals for the kids? All kids meals are for 10 and younger and come with a kids drink cup they can take home. There are five items on their menu that varies from chicken fritters with fries and a dipping sauce for $4.99 to a two topping mini pizza and salad bar for $7.99 (also options for alfredo pasta, fish and chips with fries and cole slaw and pasta with meatballs or sausage).

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