Best Places to Eat Outside with Kids in Baton Rouge

My boys and friends having a blast at Istrouma Brewery

Despite the brief dip back into Third Winter here in Louisiana, Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes those brief, shining moments where you can eat outside and not melt into a puddle or become a mosquito buffet.

But, as most parents are well aware, not all outdoor dining experiences are created equal… especially when you have small children. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of a few of our favorite places to eat around Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. When you only get so many days a year of perfect weather, it’s nice to take the guesswork out of the equation. The following spots are sure to please the whole family (and entertain the kids so the grownups can actually enjoy their meal!)

Velvet Cactus

I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I ate inside at the Velvet Cactus on the corner of Jefferson and Old Hammond Hwy. The courtyard patio is spacious and funky, filled with strands of lights, a water feature, and enough fans to make it bearable, even in the heat. My kids love all of the stuff there is to look at and the fact that there are a few games scattered about. The fact that it’s contained also makes it great for exploring when the kids’ menu has been all colored and little bodies get a bit antsy while waiting on food.
My husband and I love the different tacos and my kids are obsessed with their queso.

Curbside Burgers

Juicy burgers, house-cut fries, and decadent milkshakes…need I say more? Not really, but this Government Street hotspot also boasts a fabulous outdoor area for your family to enjoy your meal and plenty of space for the kids to burn off a tiny bit of that milkshake energy. My husband and boys keep it classic with a traditional cheeseburger, but I’m a Shroomin’ + Jammin’ fanatic.

Superior Grill-Highland Road

There are several Superior Grills around Baton Rouge, but if you’re looking for outdoor seating, the Highland Road location is the best! It boasts not one, but two outdoor seating areas—the more traditional covered patio area on the side and a fenced-in open-air area at the front next to the entrance, which is, again, great for the littles with the wiggles (but make sure to call ahead for the front patio, it fills up fast.)

If you’re looking for traditional Tex Mex, Superior Grill can’t be beaten (The Steak Superior Nachos are *chef’s kiss*) and their margaritas are a local icon. Their kids’ menu is standard fare, but well done and most things come with rice and beans. Plus, my seven-year-old claims their Key Lime pie is one of the best things he’s ever eaten. Don’t mind me, I’m just dreaming about their strawberry margarita.

The Smiling Dog

Sometimes the weather is so nice, you want to get the whole family out and about. Enter The Smiling Dog on Sherwood Forest Boulevard!
Formerly known as The Londoner, this British Pub-style restaurant has a dog-friendly patio (complete with a Pupper menu) and a large selection of delicious pub food and beers for the grown-ups. The patio is covered, spacious, and is equipped with TVs, plenty of ceiling fans, and a fireplace. My kids got the biggest kick out of getting to bring our dog to the restaurant, and while there isn’t space for them to run around, the patio is spread out enough that moving around and petting our dog wasn’t something that would disturb anyone else.

Istrouma Brewery at Sugar Farms

This place is an absolute GEM and well worth the drive to St. Gabriel.
Situated at the end of a winding drive and surrounded by pasture and cattle, Istrouma Brewery is one of our absolute favorite places to bring the kids. The menu is small but has something to please everyone, including picky eaters and the house-brewed beers are delicious and rotate regularly. But, I’ll be honest, we don’t go for the food or the beer.
What makes Istrouma Brewery fantastic is its graveled courtyard sprinkled with seating and shaded tables, its giant chess and checkers board, bocce ball area, and numerous other outdoor features to keep little ones contained and entertained while the grownups relax and enjoy dinner. Did I mention the cows? And the goats…can’t forget the goats.
I recommend making an afternoon of it when the weather is fine. You won’t regret it

Any place I missed? Where’s your favorite place to eat around the Red Stick when the weather is nice?

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