Parenting

Five Great New Kid-Friendly Spots for the Weekend

So many options to sin at Stacked.
So many options to sin at Stacked. Photo by Sherika Flores
The weekend is here and there are tons of new restaurants to try. Coolest thing about all these latest openings? Families don't have to be put out. Here are five new spots that are extremely kid-friendly and brand-new to Houston. Check them out this weekend.

click to enlarge Tacos abound at Fuzzy's in River Oaks. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FUZZY'S
Tacos abound at Fuzzy's in River Oaks.
Photo courtesy of Fuzzy's
5. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 2015 West Gray

Opening in River Oaks on Saturday, July 29, the 3,800-square-foot location will be the area's third Fuzzy's (there's one in Meyer Park and one in Missouri City) and one of 100 nationwide. There's a "custom-made, flaming hammerhead shark mounted on the wall," according to a press release, and if that's not enough to get the family out of the house, perhaps the garden patio will be — there's also a dog-friendly bar. Expect freebies, including shirts, mugs and koozies on Saturday and a menu that rocks an all-day breakfast and loads Baja-style tacos, soft or hard shell, with numerous fillings, from brisket to tempura shrimp, burrito bowls, salads and more traditional Mexican fare of the customizable nature as well.

A kid’s menu includes tacos, nachos, a cheeseburger quesadilla and chicken sticks, with carrots and ranch dressing offered as a side. But make no mistake, there are definitely margs for the parents.


Opening Saturday, June 29. Weekend Hours: Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Chicken strips for the adventurous youths. - PHOTO BY GWENDOLYN KNAPP
Chicken strips for the adventurous youths.
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp
4. Tarka Indian Kitchen, 721 West 19th

There comes a time in every child's life when they must venture away from the usual black chicken tenders. Enter Tarka India Kitchen with its masala spiced, chickpea breaded chicken pakoras, essentially just really great chicken strips accompanied by a minty tamarind dipping sauce.  Likely your kids will cringe at first, but this appetizer, along with many of the milder curries, and the kebabs — you know, meat on a stick — are sure to please the family.  Plus, everything on the menu here is under $10 and there is ample parking and easy access to Fat Cat Creamery (or Hugs and Donuts) for dessert. Make sure to order the garlic naan.

Weekend Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.