My mom is here visiting for the week, and we’re having a great time chillin’ in Cville. We went to the gym in the morning – I hit up small group with Erin and mom spent some time on the elliptical and treadmill. Meanwhile, Mazen and his BFF Sylvia reunited in the kids zone!
I took mom to the locker room for showers. She originally wasn’t going to shower there, but I convinced her we’d enjoy lunch a lot more if we were fresh and clean. Turns out she LOVED the locker room experience : ) She thought the showers had great water pressure and the hair dryer was better than hers.
We walked downtown to have lunch afterwards and went to one of our favorite spots: Eppie’s.
I just love the vegetarian plate there! You can choose from a handful of sides including perfectly baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, black beans and cornbread (my usual staples as pictured below!) plus mac and cheese, collard greens, rice, side salads, and the most delicious pimento cheese grits!
People often email me asking for kid friendly places to dine in Cville. Eppie’s top my list for a number of reasons! Here’s my list of things to look for when dining out with kids.
1. Outdoor dining. Toddler yells? No problem. Crumbs on the ground? The rain will rinse it away. Parking for stroller? Plenty!! People, bug and bird-watching galore.
2. A kids menu with options other than grilled cheese – OR a great adult menu. Eppie’s wins for the latter. The veg plate is great because Mazen likes almost everything I order and the food is prepared simply without too much mixing. While I’d love for him to eat the black beans, he sticks to the broccoli, sweet potato, mac and cornbread. A balanced enough lunch for me!
3. Cups with lids and straws. So helpful when grabby hands want to hold their own cup. AND for enticing the toddler to get back in the stroller.
4. Creative entertainment for kiddos such as crayons that don’t roll, wipable books, little cars or people and simple games.
5. Big bathrooms with room for a stroller, a changing table and running water and soap (believe me, I’ve been in some without!)
6. Lightweight, easy to carry highchairs. Y’all know I love Whole Foods, but their high chairs are so tricky to move! The tops come off and so you have to hold them carefully. Whole Foods does win for one big thing though: a sink outside the bathroom so you can wash your hands before sitting down in the dining area. Love that!
Bonus points if you have a wine + beer list for the parents at dinnertime!
Any great tips you have to share? Please do!