Eat and Play at Swanny’s Grill!

Address: 6224 Theall Road, Houston, 77066

People have been telling me about Swanny’s Grill for years… and I should have listened to them sooner!

Swanny’s Grill has a heated patio, playground, cornhole, volleyball and soccer fields. And table tennis and pool and sports on TV. And live music (on weekends), darts, shuffleboard and fishing!

Swanny’s is at the Swanson Golf School and here you can come to eat and play… or you can sign up for one of the many sports leagues.

They serve hamburgers, salads, wraps, tacos and more. Plus there is a kids menu with $5 kids meals.

My pictures really do not do it justice. It was a little dark, a little busy and we were just having too much fun for better pictures!

The restaurant is not fancy, but the kids have a lot of places to play in the lit up and fenced in yard.

I hear that parking can be tight when sports games are going on… but when we visited, we had plenty of parking and were able to play on all the fields.

The kids ran from playground to volleyball to cornhole to frisbee to… This was a great dinner out and all of us (adults and kids) gave it high scores!




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Look at the brand new play area at Buffalo Grille!

Address: 4080 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

Look what’s new at Buffalo Grille!

On the patio, kids can run their own restaurant.  There is a new counter in the play area, with a cash register, play food, chalk board and small picnic benches.  And I hear that a kids kitchen is coming soon.

Buffalo Grille on Bissonnet has always been one of our favorite places. It’s casual, breakfast is served all day and the tea is highly caffeinated.

We have always liked the patio but now it’s great for kids.  There are tables, umbrellas for shade and the fun new play area.

At Buffalo Grille, you order at the counter, fill your drink and take a seat.  Once the food is ready, you go grab it… or the staff will bring it to you if your arms are full.  We usually sit on the fenced in patio, eat our food and then head to the park.

This location is very close to Judson Park… so stop by and climb the giant boulder slide when you are done with your meal!




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Eat at Auntie Chang’s Dumplings House

Address: 2621 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, Texas 77098

Right above our favorite bubble tea house is Auntie Chang’s Dumpling House.

We grab tea frequently, but recently we were looking for more than fried squid balls for dinner.  (Really, that is a thing at the Tea House.)

We’ve always seen Auntie Chang’s from the street, but this time we went up.

At an early dinner time, we were the first ones there.  (By the time we left, the tables were full.)

The staff was not shocked by all the kids I had with me and quickly brought over a high chair and menus.

We ordered dumplings and a meal special (with soup and wantons and sweet and sour chicken).

The food came quickly and we very good.  Still, our favorite part was the little water fountain at the front that my toddler thought was amazing (and everyone else liked that she thought it was so amazing).

The restaurant was a little humid/damp when we visited… but it was on a very humid/damp day in Houston, so I’m not holding it against them.

And the next time we want dinner, but not squid balls, we’ll be back!



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House of Bowls in Chinatown

Address: 6650 Corporate Dr, Houston, TX 77036

I always want to eat in Chinatown… but I am always overwhelmed by all the options.  If you walk just one block and you will pass 10 restaurants.

Lucky for us, friends have recommended House of Bowls so this is where we went back.

The restaurant has always been busy but on a Sunday afternoon, it was packed. We were seated quickly but the waitress did let us know that it would take at least 30 minutes to get the food.

I appreciated the information and we put our order in quickly. Fried rice, beef and noodles and rice cakes.

The waitress was nice enough to tell my daughter that the rice cakes were an acquired taste… just to be sure we really wanted them. Apparently we really did and we sent the order in.

The food came and the entrees were huge. They all could have been shared two or three ways.

In the past we had always gone with a huge group and I had never realized how far the food went… but the orders are really big, making the price pretty reasonable!

The restaurant is nice but not especially fancy. Parking is free in the lot (but it can get full!).

Find more to do in Chinatown, HERE!

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Can’t Get Enough Bubble Tea… at Gong Cha!

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste C-318, Houston, TX 77036

We were in search of a new crazy ice cream shop in Chinatown… but we arrived too early for our churro waffle ice cream. So instead, we went to our go-to bubble tea stop, Gong Cha.

I’ve long loved bubble tea… but this past summer was the summer of the bubble tea. We drank a whole lot of them, from all over Houston.

At bubble tea shops, you pick a tea or coffee, add sugar/milk/cream if you want, and add in tapioca or another sinker. Gong Cha is the same… but with a lot of options on types of teas and a sleek cafe with some board games.

We soaked up the air conditioning and the bubble tea and called our summer complete.

If you also search for bubble tea all over Houston, tell us your favorite spots. And if you are in Chinatown, HERE are more things to do with kids!


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Maceo Spice & Import Company in Galveston

Address: 2706 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550

Where should we eat in Galveston? The locals told me Maceo Spice & Import!

Not far from popular museums and shops, but away from the tourist, is this old family owned grocery store with the famous muffalatas.

We spent the day at the small Galveston shops and went to Maceos on the way home. They were hosting an event outside but we went inside to buy spices and a sandwich.

We ordered at the counter and sat at one of the small tables. The warm muffalata came out quickly and it did not disappoint!

Check out the pictures and find much more to do in Galveston, with kids, HERE!

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Eat at the Fresh Café at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Address: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

Here’s the truth… we haven’t spent much time at the Fresh Café at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  We are at the museum all the time, but despite the cafe’s name, I did not realize you could get anything fresh or healthy.

The Children’s Museum of Houston invited us out to prove us wrong… and they did.

Located right in the main hallway, the cafe is open almost all day.  You order at the counter, take your seat and the food comes to you.

There are hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken tenders and fries… but there are also items like salads, sandwiches and wraps.

I had the red quinoa spinach salad and the kids had a little of everything… including some ice cream.

The food was all very good, the service was fast and the restaurant was clean.  The restaurant was very busy but service was quick and the guests all seemed happy.  And, this was probably the easiest museum district lunch we’ve had.

It turns out that the Fresh Café does have fresh and healthy (and vegetarian and kid friendly and…) options!



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Recommended by the locals and away from the tourists… Mosquito Cafe Galveston

Address: 628 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550

Recommended by the locals and away from the tourists is Mosquito Cafe in Galveston!

The restaurant is in the East End of the Historical District in a resorted 1870 building.

At Mosquito Cafe, they have fresh, homemade food and a lot of gluten free options.  You order at the counter, select a table and the food comes to you.

We went on a Friday evening and the restaurant was full.  There was a quick moving line to the cashier, a friendly woman taking our order and when our group was too big for the small tables of 4, the staff gave us the reserved table in the corner.  (Apparently it was just waiting for our big group to come through!)

Our chicken sandwich, veggie burger and kids meals came pretty quickly and was very good.  My kids even commented on how fresh the vegetables were.

The restaurant was way too crowded for too many pictures…  just know that the food was very good and the restaurant was casual, clean and inviting!

The only thing to know is that it gets crowded and for big families, you might want to call to reserve a table at peak times.

And while you are in Galveston, find lots of things to do with kids, HERE!



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Downtown Bar and Grill… Right by the Texas City Museum and the Texas City Dike!

Address: 7855, 513 6th St N, Texas City, TX 77590
Hours: Monday-Saturday 09:00am-02:00pm

If you are going to Texas City, you should probably stop for lunch at the Downtown Bar and Grill.

It serves American and Mediterranean food and is right next to the Texas City Museum… and just blocks from the Texas City Dike.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch… and is sleek, cool and clean. You order at the counter and the food comes to you.

The menu has a whole lot of options… from giant hamburgers and baked potatoes to kabobs and gyros.  Kids meals are not listed, but the staff approached us and told us we could order smaller plates with chicken strips or hamburgers.  We ordered them, but I wouldn’t say they were small.  Check out the kids hamburger below:

I had the kabob and the kids had the hamburger and chicken.  The food was great!

The staff was very friendly and as I told my toddler that I would grab her a clean plate, one magically appeared because the waitress had read my mind.

Take a look at the picture and stop by when you are in Texas City!



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Check out the dreamy Aqua S Ice Cream!

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036

This is how you do ice cream!

Sea Salt and Matcha ice cream, wrapped in cotton candy and topped with Poprocks… at Aqua S Ice Cream!

Aqua S is a is a beautiful little shop in Chinatown… and sea salt ice cream is the thing to try. The other flavors change regularly… but you can always get them in a cup or cone and add on creative toppings like toasted marshmallow, popcorn, cotton candy (fairy floss) and Poprocks.

There are regular sized tables… but a whole punch of short tables with stools. Also the walls have lots of good spots for pictures, like angel wings, neon lights and more!

Ice cream is not cheap… and ours was nearly $7… but we shared it 3 ways and called it a good treat!  The sea salt ice cream is really very good (coming from someone who likes things super sweet)!

Check out the pictures!



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