Not knowing whether there’ll be something on the menu for everyone can leave parents returning to safe favourites time and again. Branch out and try these Sunderland restaurants, which have enough kids options on the menu to keep even the fussiest of eaters happy.
On top of an extensive kids menu featuring small portions of adult dishes and build-your-own pizzas and burgers, Liberty Brown also runs an occasional kids club with appearances from Disney character favourites.
Another child-friendly steakhouse, Miller & Carter has a dedicated kids menu which offers smaller steaks for little ones to tuck into alongside burgers and sweet treats.
San Marino is perfect for young pizza fans. The Italian restaurant offers small portions of their classic pizzas and pastas alongside another option of breaded chicken fillets and chips.
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The Mad Hatter doubles up as an unfussy restaurant and tearoom, and has a good set of options for kids including a small roast dinner and ham, egg and chips.
This restaurant chain serves up classic pub food and has a kids menu that's both tasty and healthy - with at least one of their five a day in every main meal. The Sunderland branch also features a soft play area.
This ambient restaurant serves a mixture of French, English and Italian cuisine, with plenty of options for kids. Their children's menu includes fish and chips, bubble and squeak and Yorkshire puds alongside other dishes.
Italian Kitchen has a great value kids menu featuring lots of favourites like chicken nuggets, spaghetti bolognese and sausage, mash and gravy. The menu also comes with colouring and a word search to keep little ones busy.
This "jolly decent eatery" has a good selection on their kids menu, including homemade fish and chips, a mini cheese burger with chips and spaghetti bolognese.
Mamma Italia is another Italian restaurant with a kids menu, offering portions of their usual pizza and pasta at half the size for smaller appetites.
Wearside Farm is a cosy pub and restaurant with enough options to keep your little ones satisfied. Their children's menu includes a "mini" carvery for smaller stomachs.