Even though the weather hasn't quite sent me into hibernation mode, my ambition in the kitchen has waned. After a full day's work and homework and soccer practice and lunch-box packing and laundry and tantrum deescalation routines, the last thing I want to do is cook some evenings. Last week I dipped heavily into entertainment funds on several meals I didn't have the heart to prepare. Indian, pub fare, and Chinese used to be reasonable before our offspring started actually eating dinner. I remember when a samosa and a spoon full of our rice would suffice them, but now, we're rolling with four entrees and dinner out hurts.
There are a few local places in town that still offer the old "Kids Eat Free" incentive. While there are countless chains that do the same, the local restaurants that offer free kids meals are the ones that should have our business; quite frankly, I'm sure they offer this because they understand what our nights are like. And we can eat there without the pre-fab crud fueled indigestion.
Cumberland Brews on Bardstown Rd. offers a free kids menu every night and features chicken tenders, grilled cheese, burgers, or friend bologna. For adults, they have excellent pub fare and even some very decent vegetarian options (not to mention a great pint of beer). Mama is destined to leave happy.
Smoketown USA located in Smoke town at 1153 Logan St. offers some of the best BBQ I've had in Louisville. Kids meals are free with the purchase of an adult meal and the quirkiness makes for some great ambiance. Try the ribs, they're something to, well, go to Smoketown for.
Mark's Feed Store also offers free BBQ for the kiddos on Tuesdays and offers a free dessert on Mondays. Pretty sure everyone has tasted the Louisville, fatty goodness that Mark's Feed Store offers...enough said.
Go ahead, leave the dishes in the sink and go out. If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. If anyone could enlighten me on some more local restaurants that offer free kids' meals, please share the wealth.