Where to Eat in Downtown Houston, with Kids: MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods

Address: 1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010

This is the place we like to go when we’re at downtown at Discovery Green… MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods. But I have to say, it’s a little unusual.

On the ground floor of the One Park Place high rise, right across from Discovery Green, is Phoenicia. Half of it is a fancy grocery store and half of it is a restaurant called MKT BAR (or Market Bar). Both are casual and family friendly (even with the “BAR” in the name).

On weekdays, MKT BAR does not open until 2:00pm… so what you do (and a whole lot of people do each day) is go to the grocery section and pick up something from the deli. There are hot and cold options and they are all really good.  (The falafel sandwich is my favorite!)  You can pay for it and then take the food to the tables in the restaurant.

After 2:00pm and on weekends, you go to the restaurant, order from the menu and tip your waitress or waiter.  The good thing about going to the restaurant is that there is a kids menu… and it’s a good one.  Just check out the kids chicken below… it’s not your dinosaur shaped nuggets!

The restaurant also has high chairs and coloring sheets.  (I do like to go early because MKT BAR becomes a little louder and more bar-like as the night goes on.)

MKT BAR has a lot of fun weekly events, like Steak Night, and seasonal events like heart shaped pizza.

Free Phoenicia parking is available in the Park Place parking garage or you can pay for metered street parking.


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Plan your no mess, fun for mom & kids, YUMMY! Mother’s Day Weekend at MKT BAR+ $100 Giftcard Giveaway for Houston Moms!

MKT BAR Yum for Mum Pizza with gold potatoes, roasted garlic, brie, bacon and fresh parsley 6
For Mother’s Day, I want something that is leaves absolutely no mess for me to clean up.

I love to share my special day with the little people that made me a mom, but the very best gift would be no dirty dishes, no sticky art supplies and no need to tiptoe across family room full of toys and treasure.

So for this year, I’m making the plans for a great day with my favorite (and often messy) people.  And if you follow BigKidSmallCity, you know that one of my favorite ways to spend a day is in Downtown Houston.

Play at Discovery Green, watch the trains, look for art… and for a special Mother’s Day… Brunch or dinner at one of our favorite Houston restaurants!

MKT BAR, inside the cool Phoenicia Specialty Foods, is on our Top 10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants list.  It’s hip but casual, has a kids menu… and even offers kid’s cooking classes… so you know they like families!  It’s a place that mom and kids can both enjoy.

What I like even better is that on May 8, 9 and 10, moms are being celebrated.  You can bring the kids, not worry about the “dirty looks” at some “fancy” restaurants, enjoy brunch, dinner and even live music on Sunday!

Parking in Downtown can be tough… but it’s free and easy when you eat at MKT Bar.  Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage. Garage entrance is located on McKinney St. between Austin and La Branch.

AND, MKT Bar is giving a BigKidSmallCity family a $100 MKT BAR gift card!  Look below to register for the giveaway!

Make your plans for your no mess, fun for mom and fun for kids, Mother’s Day in Downtown Houston:

Friday, May 8 – Dinner 2:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, May 9 – Brunch 10:00am-3:00pm, Dinner 2:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday, May 10 – Brunch 10:00am-3:00pm, Dinner 2:00pm-8:00pm, Live Music by Idol Gossip jazz band 12:00pm-3:00pm

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Elizabeth G!  She is the winner of the $100 gift card!!

Giveaway closes on May 8, 2015 at 6:00pm.
Gift card has no expiration date.
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Phoenicia and their wonderful casual restaurant: MKT BAR – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants for Kids!

Update: See the latest post HERE!

Phoenicia MKT Bar Pizza
Location: 1001 Austin St. 77010
Age Appropriate: All ages!
Price: $-$$

Update: See the latest post HERE!

Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 6-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you.

Saturday morning, we headed downtown to Discovery Green for their FUNomenal Family Festival where our favorite blogger had a booth! We played, strolled through the park and even greeted the BKSC fans and then we got hungry! So we crossed the street from the park and headed to the Phoenicia and their wonderful casual restaurant: MKT Bar.

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