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2016 Family Favorites – Food & Drink

Whether you need takeout pronto or a night away from your kitchen, we’ve got you covered with one-of-a-kind grub dished up in some seriously kid-friendly establishments.

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Birthday Cake

Top Five

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Cake Crumbs

Cakes by Karen

Costco

King Soopers

Nothing Bundt Cakes

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The Winner

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Five metro locations

nothingbundtcakes.com

Fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese — when it’s time to celebrate a special birthday, you’re ready to pull out all of the stops. With more than 25 birthday designs, sizes from 10-inch bundt to bundtini and 10 flavors to choose from, it’s no wonder our readers rely on this cute cake shop to deliver the perfect cake for their parties.

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Breakfast or Brunch

Top Five

The Egg and I

Four Friends Kitchen

International House of Pancakes

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Snooze an AM Eatery

Village Inn

The Winner

Snooze an AM Eatery

Five metro locations

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It’s no wonder families line up outside the doors of Snooze for Sunday brunch. Founded in Colorado, this morning mainstay features an expansive menu filled with omelets, breakfast tacos and burritos, six benedicts and some of the finest pancakes in the region. The syrups are legendary, and between the pancake of the day, sweet potato pancakes, pineapple upside down pancakes and classic flavors like blueberry and chocolate chip, it’s worth considering a pancake flight — or two.

Frozen Yogurt

Top Five

Froyo Zone

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Smart Cow Yogurt Bar

TCBY

Yogurtland

The Winner

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Six metro locations

menchies.com

Anyone can hawk frozen yogurt, but Menchie’s yogurt shops make the consumer experience personal by giving off a neighborhood vibe that draws in repeat guests. Everyone who walks through the doors gets a greeting, a guide, a gift, a genuine connection and a goodbye; visitors also get great tasting frozen yogurt accompanied by fresh fruit and toppings galore.

Grilled Cheese

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Top Five

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe

The Melt

Modern Market

Panera Bread

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Sonic Drive-In

The Winner

The Melt

Three metro locations

themelt.com

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This all-natural eatery was founded with the simple goal of making better food for kids, and there’s no denying that wholesome ingredients everyone can pronounce contribute to a better tasting product. The Melt’s four varieties of grilled cheese pair perfectly with naked or sweet potato fries, soft served desserts and soft drinks free from high-fructose corn syrup.

Healthy Family Restaurant

Top Five

Garbanzo Fresh Mediterranean

MAD Greens

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Modern Market

Native Foods Cafe

True Food Kitchen

The Winner

Modern Market

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Twelve metro locations

modmarket.com

Who says health food has to be boring? At Modern Market simple, all-natural ingredients are packed into wholesome sandwiches, salads, soups and pizzas. Most offerings – including the salad dressings and pizza dough – are made from scratch, and the expansive menu accommodates just about every dietary requirement, from vegan or vegetarian to celiac, Paleo and raw. Seasonal items draw families back to this Colorado-born eatery year-round.

Kid’s Meal Menu

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Chick-fil-A

Chili’s

International House of Pancakes

Noodles & Company

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews

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The Winners*

Chick-fil-A

Thirty metro locations

1-866-CFA-2040 | chick-fil-a.com

Convenience and health coincide at this popular chain. Whether it’s an on-the-go or sit-down meal, our readers keep returning for nutritious food their kids are always eager to scarf down. Try grilled chicken nuggets paired with Buddy

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Fruits pure blended applesauce and Honest Kids apple juice; other crowd-pleasing sides include fresh fruit cups and waffle fries.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews

Thirteen metro locations | redrobin.com

From grilled cheese bites and mac and cheese to cod crunchers, chicken strips and meatball lollipops, Red Robin does kid food right, with variety, high quality ingredients and an ongoing corporate focus on sustainable farming and animal welfare. Add a healthy bottomless side to your kid’s meal – steamed broccoli, mandarin oranges or carrots with ranch, for example, and try a specialty kid’s beverage, too.

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Local Burger Joint

Top Five

Big Daddy’s in Brighton

Crave Real Burgers

Larkburger

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Park Burger

Smashburger

The Winner

Smashburger

Twenty metro locations

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303-633-1500 | smashburger.com

Since opening in 2007, the folks at this fast casual burger chain have delivered one of the best made-to-order burgers in town, using 100 percent Certified Angus Beef. The menu has healthier options — sub sweet potato fries for regular, or add a fresh salad to your order – and vegetarian-friendly, too. It caters to kids, with tyke-sized burgers on egg buns, gilled cheese, chicken strips and dogs.

Local Family-Friendly Restaurant

Top Five*

Beau Jo’s Colorado Style Pizza

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Four Friends Kitchen

Georgia Boys BBQ Company

Merle’s Restaurant

Mici Handcrafted Italian

White Fence Farm

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The Winner

White Fence Farm

6263 W. Jewel Ave., Lakewood

303-935-5945 | whitefencefarm-co.com

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The family-style corn fritters, pickled beets, creamy slaw, chicken and fried fish at this beloved dinner spot are darn good — and, the food’s only the beginning. White Fence Farm is always crowded, but you won’t be bored waiting for your table, with playgrounds, arcades, live music and a petting zoo, among other farm amenities. Don’t forget to grab a pie at Granny’s on your way out!

Local Ice Cream Shop

Top Five

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

Liks Ice Cream

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Little Man Ice Cream

Magill’s World of Ice Cream

Sweet Cow Ice Cream

The Winner

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

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799 S. University Blvd., Denver

303-777-0808 | bonniebraeicecream.com

Since 1986, this adorable neighborhood spot – you”ll know it by the red-and-white awning and retro red vinyl chairs – has been serving up dozens of varieties of creamy, homemade ice cream in cones, shakes, sundaes and banana splits. Cakes and pies are also on the rotating and imaginative hand-written menu.

Local Pizza

Top Five

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Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta

Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage

Beau Jo’s Colorado Style Pizza

Fat Sully’s New York Pizza

The Garlic Knot

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The Winner

The Garlic Knot

Twelve metro locations

garlicknotpizza.com

When our readers are craving Big Apple pies, they head to The Garlic Knot for fresh, hand-stretched dough slathered with old world sauces and loaded with cheesy goodness. Pastas and made-to-order subs are also available, but it’s the restaurant’s namesake garlic knots – don’t ask, just order! – that have earned this spot its cult-like following. After dinner, send kiddos through the BYO ice cream bar.

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Online Grocery or Meal Delivery Service

Top Five

Door to Door Organics

HelloFresh

Jet.com

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King Soopers

Walmart

The Winner

Walmart

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Few frustrations in life rival weeknight grocery shopping with hungry kids in tow. Our savviest readers stock their virtual carts at Walmart’s online grocery store before heading to a brick-and-mortar for free same-day pick-up, where the folks at Walmart will even load up your car for you.

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