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20 Best Traverse City Restaurants for Kids! Try These Dessert Spots & Family Restaurants on Your Next TC Getaway

Traverse City Restaurants for Families

Best Traverse City Restaurants for Kids and Families

Looking for a spot in Traverse City to chow down with the kids beyond the usual fast-food chains? You’re in for a treat!


Sugar 2 Salt in Traverse City

Whether your little one is all about their fries or can’t resist a sweet treat, this guide to the best kid-friendly restaurants has got your back.

We’re pretty sure you’ll find something to satisfy even the pickiest toddler, and the grown-ups will leave happy too.

Jacob's Farm Pizza - Peach - VanderWeide

Jacob’s Farm

Good food and drinks, live music, doughnuts and cider, a kids playground, corn maze, apple picking and more make this outdoor venue a family magnet.

423 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684

The Flying Noodle

Who doesn’t love noodles, especially fresh made? The great thing about this place is that the adults can get a meal fit for a foodie and picky toddlers will also be satisfied.

136 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Fresh Coast Market Traverse City

Fresh Coast Market

Reasons to stop here? Kid meals can be ordered ahead and include mac & cheese, grilled cheese, pb & j, and ham & cheese sandwiches. Plus, they make a Cinnamon Roll Pizza! And while this deli isn’t a traditional restaurant, they do have a nice indoor seating area, serving up the delicious smoothies, sandwiches, salads & pizzas. Another Bonus: Moomers is just across the across the street.

7270 North Long Lake Rd., Traverse City, MI

Blue Tractor Traverse City

Blue Tractor

With menu items like kids-little squealers and Whole Hog Quesadillas, its no wonder why the Blue Tractor is a family favorite BBQ spot.

423 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Sleder's Family Tavern Traverse City

Sleder’s Family Tavern

717 Randolph St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Try the Slabtown burger, a heap of shrimp, or Randolph’s twist on the tater, moose chips, served plain, with cheese or with chili and cheese. They will make you want to smooch the moose – (AKA Randolph)

The Little Fleet Traverse City

The Little Fleet

The kids will love choosing their own food truck experience. From parmesan fries and burgers to awesome Happy’s tacos. Pizza, hot dogs, sushi and edamame round out this kid-friendly fare.

448 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686

Red Mesa Traverse City

Red Mesa Grill

Bring on the chips and salsa! Kids will love the colorful décor and flavorful Latin American cuisine. Fan favorites include quesadillas and fried ice cream.

1544 U.S. 31 North, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Mama Lu's Traverse City

Mama Lu’s – A Modern Day Taco Shop

A modern taqueria with tacos, side dishes and churros as well as a menu designed for their small diners.

149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684


Flap Jack Shack

In addition to pancakes, littles can order up a crustless grilled cheese, kids confetti cakes, waffle, or cinnamon toast crunch sticks. This might be one of the best kids menu in town!

3980 US-31, Traverse City, MI 49684

Cherry Republic Traverse City

Cherry Public House

Nothing this unique happens overnight, Life, Liberty, Beaches & Pie. It’s our mantra. While you sample the wine, the kids can sample some of our seven cherry soda pops with handfuls of chocolate everything.

6026-B, 5109, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Roman Wheel Pizza Traverse City

Roman Wheel Pizza

Located in the heart of Suttons Bay, the Roman Wheel is nostalgia, deliciousness, and perfection, all in one. Best pizza in existence for just $4.95 a slice or find lunch time happiness with one of their 10 delicious submarine sandwiches for $9.95.

116 N St Joseph St, Suttons Bay, MI 49682

A&W Traverse City

A & W in Frankfort

Introduce your family to A&W Root beer and make frosty mug memories.

Their signature root beer float is still made fresh. Kids Meals come with choice of fries or applesauce, a kid’s size drink and a very special prize from our good friend, Rooty!

21 Lake St, Frankfort, MI 49635

The Cherry Hut Traverse City

Cherry Hut in Beulah

A Northern Michigan tradition since 1922. The smiling face of Cherry Jerry was cut into the crust of their pies and to this day it is the distinguishing sign of the Cherry Hut and its products.

211 N Michigan Ave, Beulah, MI 49617

Sweets & Treats

Moomers Traverse City

Moomer’s Homemade Ice Cream

Things that a make a kid say MOO. This ice cream parlor close to Traverse City is the perfect stop for a northern Michigan sweet treat. Step out on the beautiful terrace and have an amazing view of the neighborhood farms and the cows.

7263 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

Grand Traverse Pie Company Traverse City

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Calling all sweet tooths! Pies, cookies, muffins, brownies, turnovers, sweetbreads and cakes all round out your Traverse City experience. Simple and Yummy they are baked fresh every day.

525 West Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Camp Critter Traverse City Restaurant

Camp Critter

Are you hungry as a wolf? Camp Critter has pizzas & pastas the whole pack can share. For dessert, enjoy a souvenir bucket layered with soft serve ice cream, brownies, cookies, candy pieces, topped with chocolate sauce & whipped cream.

Inside Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
3575 US-31, Traverse City, MI 49684

Bardon's Wonder Freeze Traverse City

Bardon’s Wonder Freeze

This ice cream cone place is an institution, a fixture, and it should be in the National Register of Historic Places in Traverse City!

1100 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686

Milk & Honey Traverse City

Milk & Honey

240 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Vegan options, check. A quick bite, check. Milk & Honey Café and Ice Creamery is a family ice cream shop and espresso bar serving products made with high-quality ingredients from local sources. It’s naturally yummy!

Peace Love & Little Donuts

You can’t go wrong with little donuts! Flavors vary, but there’s always a small treat for the whole family.

441 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686

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BONUS: Score Free Pie!

Check off activities on the Northern Michigan Scavenger Hunt while you explore Traverse City, and earn yourself some delicious pie along the way!

Hit the trails for biking, hiking, skiing, or dune climbing. Cruise downtown if shopping’s on your list—it’s packed with toy stores and cool boutiques. Remember, checking in as you explore brings you closer to winning prizes, including pie!

Traverse City is for Foodies, Big and Small

No matter how old you are, Traverse City’s got a spot that’ll tickle your taste buds.

Drop a comment and let us know which foodie joint rocks your world!

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Melody VanderWeide

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