By Steph Rodriguez

Sacramento is the Farm-to-Fork Capital and that means area restaurants serve the very best dishes made from the freshest ingredients possible. But, oftentimes, when parents browse the kids’ menu in search of a healthy and delicious option for their beloved little ones, menus stop at burgers, chicken fingers, and hotdogs. Skip the menus that lack creativity and instead consider visiting one of these eateries that serve steamed vegetables, rotisserie chicken plates, mac ‘n’ cheese, and even wood-fired pizzas with fresh veggies and other toppings that will leave even the most pickiest of eaters satisfied.

Oak Haus
3413 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 376-7694
www.oakhaussac.com

Even the little snacks at Oak Haus are quality food with its mini corn dogs with choice of honey or ground mustards for dipping, and the house made pretzel is soft and a tasty appetizer to hold the whole family over until dinner is served. Oak Haus is one of the best locations for a quality, nutritious, and most importantly, delicious kids’ meal that will impress even the most picky eaters. Choose between the chicken, peas, and noodles in gravy for $7; the spaetzle (Bavarian mac ‘n’ cheese) for $6.50; the kids corn dogs with yellow mustard and ketchup for $4.95; or a grilled cheese sandwich for $5.25. But the best item on Oak Haus’ menu for kids has to be the rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes and roasted carrots plate at $9. This is sure to be a regular stop for dinner during the busy work week with none of the guilt, but with all of the satisfied bellies.

Jack’s Urban Eats
1230 20th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 444-0307
www.jacksurbaneats.com

Chargrilled tri-tip, oven roasted turkey, or chargrilled chicken breast and choice of one side is just one example of the quality of food choices that parents can feel good about feeding their kids at Jack’s Urban Eats. There’s also chicken strips and fries, mac ‘n’ cheese à la carte, and a delicious grilled cheese sandwich served with a side of Fuji apples or choice of French fries. At Jack’s parents can also grab their loved ones a side of steamed veggies that change with the seasons such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and carrots, or fresh corn. The kids’ menu is a nutritious steal at $6.50 a plate.

Skipolini’s Pizza
191 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 355-1050
www.skipolinispizza.com

This Italian restaurant located in Folsom is the perfect destination for families seeking delicious food for their children that is more than just burgers, chicken fingers, or hot dogs and French fries. Instead, Skipolini’s offers meatball sliders with marinara, basil and buffalo mozzarella cheese, gourmet pizzas with a variety of healthy toppings like mushrooms, zucchinis, artichoke hearts, chicken, and fresh spinach. What’s more, there is an actual children’s play area so parents can sit back, relax, eat a bite here and there while the kids run out all that extra energy.

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Paesanos
1806 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-8646
www.paesanos.biz

When a restaurant pays attention to the details, parents very much appreciate it. Take Paesanos for example. This Midtown restaurant knows that the wait in between courses can be the time when a child becomes fussy or bored and sometimes this can cause a meltdown even before the main entrees arrive. But, not at Paesanos where the friendly waiting staff will seat a family and immediately give their little ones a fresh ball of pizza dough to mash, stretch and roll into their own master creations to keep everyone happy. The baked bocce balls are delicious starters for the entire family dusted in parmesan cheese and parsley and served with marinara sauce. There are also small and large pizzas with a variety of toppings like prosciutto, salami and mozzarella topped with basil, oregano and parmesan cheese to be shared table side.

Chando’s Tacos
5665 Power Inn Road, Suite 104
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 387-8226
www.chandostacos.com

With five locations Chando’s Tacos is a great place to take the whole family out for delicious tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, agua frescas, and more any day of the week. For kids, this taco hut offers the Chandito’s menu where little ones can choose from a quesadilla with just plain cheese or stuffed with seasoned chicken or steak, a small drink, and for a little sweet treat to end the meal this deal also includes a crispy churro rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Churros can also be cream-filled upon request. Another choice for kids on the Chandito’s menu is a torta, a sandwich with meat and cheese served in between two soft buns.

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