Fireside Pies -- This is no '50s pizza parlor. In a funky, energetic atmosphere, parents and kids can enjoy pecan wood-fired pies made from a creative list of fixin's and cheeses.

Highland Park Pharmacy -- This old-time soda fountain and lunch counter serves the food a kid and nostalgic parent should love: grilled-cheese sandwiches and chicken salad, followed by a milkshake or root beer float.

La Calle Doce -- This cheery, brightly painted Mexican home is sure to delight the kids. The parents can sample affordable but well-prepared seafood dishes, while the kids pig out on enchiladas and other familiar Tex-Mex.

La Duni Latin Cafe -- Latin American tortas and more are offered at this eclectic spot. Save room for dessert -- their sweets are excellent.

Matt's Rancho Martinez -- Tex-Mex the way it was meant to be -- simple and relaxed. The kids can start with the chips and salsa while Mom and Dad sip a margarita on the patio.

Peggy Sue BBQ -- An inexpensive, down-home, 1950s-style barbecue joint in a stylish neighborhood, Park Cities (near SMU). It has a more varied menu than most barbecue places, with a terrific salad bar and veggies.

Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse -- Kids may wonder if they're really on vacation when they sit down to eat at a one-armed school desk at this atmospheric little shack, but the beef sandwich with barbecue sauce, a heckuva sloppy Joe, should keep them from squirming.

Taco Diner -- Though it's a hipster location for good, authentic Mexico City tacos, this is also a clean, family-friendly place to dabble in Mex rather than Tex-Mex, and the service is almost as fast as fast food.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.