8 Affordable Friendly Family Restaurants in Nashville

Nashville is full of restaurants that cater to musicians, college kids, and young professionals. How about restaurants that cater to families? There are few and far between but the ones that are family friendly are worth while. Here are 8 affordable family friendly restaurants in Nashville.

Pancake Pantry
Although the line to get in this pancake palace can tend to be around the block it is surely worth the wait. Pancake Pantry has been around since 1961 and is well known for its delightful and varietal pancakes which include Caribbean and sweet potato. If you’re not a pancake lover there are many other delicious menu options to choose from such as club sandwiches, omelets, and soups. The overall atmosphere is family style, cozy and reminds me of a quaint diner. The service is not the greatest but the food is delicious and satisfying. The prices are reasonable.

Athen’s
This cozy family owned restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This Greek American inspired establishment has been featured on the Food Networks “Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives.” The best part about this dining experience is the friendly atmosphere the service and overall food quality. From salads sandwiches, to burgers you will enjoy this tasty delight. The portions are large and beyond satisfying while the prices are affordable for all.

I Dream of Weenie
This “restaurant” was voted best hot dog by the Nashville Scene and I couldn’t agree more. This is a fun way to share some quality time with the family. Did I mention that you should bring a blanket? I Dream of Weenie is actually a food cart that resides on a huge lawn that is perfect for picnicking and enjoying an outdoors day with your loved ones. This is extremely affordable and has variety options for meat and veggie lovers.

McDougal’s
This casual kid friendly environment has great outdoor patio seating. If you are not the outdoorsy type then the indoor atmosphere is fun and eclectic with pictures of celebs and décor that looks like a college dorm exploded. A fun food menu is available for the whole family. Chicken in a basket fried, grilled, or buffalo style are just a few friendly options. Prices are affordable and they even offer free ice cream.

12 South Taproom & Grill
This artsy environment is a daytime family friendly spot. The menu offers everything from tacos to pizza to satisfying sandwiches. The food is fresh and fabulous. The atmosphere is bright and happy. Although they are open in the evening there is more of a grown up hipster atmosphere when the sun goes down.

Baja Fresh
This Mexican Grill has been around since 1990. This restaurant is casual and cozy which is perfect for a fun family excursion. Just like the name says everything is made fresh. What better way to dine out with your family then to eat healthy and feel healthy? You can sink your teeth into a taco, burrito, soup or salad for an affordable price.

Pizza Perfect
This is one of the best pizza joints in Nashville. The atmosphere is very reminiscent of a New York style pizzeria. Pack in a booth with the whole family and it will make you feel like you are in the Big Apple. Not only is there pizza to die for but they also offer other delicious options such as subs and spaghetti. Bon appétit.

Family Wash
You may deterred by the fact that this establishment is also a bar but I promise you it is extremely kid friendly. Its eclectic atmosphere is adorable and comfy. The “Shepherds Pie” and “Chicken Pot Pie” are a family favorite but if you are a vegetarian do not fear they also make a delicious veggie pie as well. The menu is reasonably priced and pretty basic.