No frozen chicken fingers. Just five restaurants that satisfy young palates and keep the grown-ups happy
Reasons to love Ceili Cottage: its drippingly juicy pork bangers in caramelized onion gravy with creamy mash; an eye-closingly cheddary mac-and-cheese; and its decadent sticky toffee pudding. 1301 Queen St. E., 416-406-1301.
Le Sélect Bistro’s haute kids’ menu includes a tender, five-ounce flap steak with caramelized shallots and light, thin frites, and a creamy risotto with chicken, asparagus, fennel and pine nuts. Parents swoon over the under-$50 wine list. 432 Wellington St. W., 416-596-6405.
There’s plenty of Borscht Belt shtick from the waiters at Caplansky’s deli. Then there’s the all-day breakfast, which includes a kids’ menu of downsized, $4 items, like an egg with beef bacon, a latke, apple sauce and toast. 356 College St., 416-500-3852.
Leslieville’s family contingent makes for a loud crowd at Lil’ Baci, which offers an unfussy selection of Roman-style pizzas and a handful of pastas, including the pure-and-simple pepper-and-pecorino spaghetti cacio e pepe. 892 Queen St. E., 416-465-4888.
Little India’s Lahore Tikka House has plenty of amusing distractions—diners spilling out the door, twinkly Christmas lights—plus first-rate chicken tikka, lamb kebabs, biryani and child-shushing kulfi pop-sicles. 1365 Gerrard St. E., 416-406-1668.
(Image: The mac-and-cheese at Ceili Cottage, by John Cullen)