Little-known fact about me: I have a two-year-old daughter. Widely known fact about two-year-olds: They aren't the best at dining out. They don't like to sit still for long periods of time. They don't like talking with inside voices. And mine, in particular, doesn't like to venture outside of her comfort zone when it comes to eating.
On the other hand, I adore eating out and keep trying new places in the vain attempt that I'll find a restaurant she enjoys visiting.
Happily, I've found a good contender. I wrote about Chef-O-Nette in Upper Arlington this week for the Dispatch, and paid a couple visits there with my daughter in tow. This straight-from-the-'50s diner (yes, it's actually been around since the '50s) is ideal for family dining.
There's lots of classic diner-y stuff to look at, like curvy counters and swivel stools and neat vintage signs. There's plenty of booth seating (perfect for blocking wiggly kids in at the table). They have chicken tenders and applesauce on the kids menu, which are two of her all-time favorites.
And, the best part is, this place is filled with other parents out on kid-dates. Which means nobody even raised an eyebrow when my kid lost her cool and just HAD to let out a little scream. Oh, and the cash register sits on top of a glass case filled with candy. You should see all the kids' eyes light up when they catch a glimpse of it.
It's pretty awesome.