Kid Friendly Restaurant Reviews





Wow! all I can say is “Meatapalooza!” Bring your appetite for this yearling Brazilian restaurant popular on the Philly foodie scene. The way Chima works, you pay one flat fee for your meal. You can choose from Rodizio (where servers offer continuous choices of different types of beef, including different cuts of steak, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, sausage and fish) and salad bar or the salad bar only.

Upon arrival at our table, we were greeted with a variety of appetizers, such as beef croquettes, cheddar muffins, turkey pate, friend polenta and plantains. We then moved onto the salad bar, which had many items such as several salads, smoked salmon, soups, fresh mozzarella, fresh vegetables  and many sauces. Everything was very fresh and good, especially the grilled fish.

Then came the meat! The way this works is at your table you are given two cards, one is black for “no” and one orange for “yes”. You put out the card of your choice to indicate to your server whether or not you would like meat. The choices are many,      and they were all very good! All of the meat arrives on skewers. My personal favorite was the filet wrapped in bacon. We finally put out our black card when we just could not eat any more.

Chima is a great “date-night” place as well as  good choice for groups. They have a phenomenal wine list and their mixed drinks are good as well. The price for the Rodizio and salad bar is $49.50 per person; excluding drinks and desert. The salad bar only is $29.50. They are open for dinner only. Hours are the following:

Monday-Thursday: 5:30-9:00

Friday:   5:30-10:00

Saturday: 4:30-10:00

Sunday: 4:00-9:00

blazer pub








440 ROUTE 22, PURDYS, NY    914-277-4424

Let me start by saying, if you want a good burger, this is the place to go! My family and I decided to stop here for lunch on a weekend before Christmas shopping. The Blazer Pub is the quintessential roadside stop that everyone loves. It attracts all types, stockbrokers, bikers, families with small children. They were all there during our visit.

The restaurant was decorated nicely in festive red and Christmas lights when we arrived, so my daughter was excited to see that. The pub is clearly divided into two sections, the bar and dining area, but if you are sitting in the dining area you can still see the tvs in the bar area if you want to catch a game. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. There is also a jukebox and a bowing game that my daughter had a great time playing. I think I drove my husband crazy with all my Springsteen choices from the jukebox, but I love The Boss!

The food choices are simple, but delicious. I had a cheeseburger with grilled onions and it was awesome. My husband and daughter had chili hot dogs and french fries, which were also outstanding. They also have a large selection of beer on tap and in bottles. Just remember that they do not take credit cards; cash only!

Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant. It is worth the road trip if you plan on being in the general area!


51 BANK STREET; NEW MILFORD, CT   860-355-5100

Lucia 2

Let me begin with this statement: Ristorante Lucia is an italian restaurant that brings a desperately needed sense of style and sophistication to New Milford, without the pretentiousness that usually accompanies fine dining.
Over Thanksgiving, my Mother, daughter and I were out holiday shopping and were looking for someplace to eat. My daughter is a picky eater and I wanted to take my mom someplace where she could sit down and relax, so we decided on Ristorante Lucia.

The restaurant is intimate; about 15-20  tables close together with a small bar area.  It is a good choice for a “date nite”. It is also ok off hours with children as they do have pizza on the menu. My daughter only likes plain pizza and they agreed to make it for her, so they can accommodate if you have picky ones!

We had lunch, my daughter had the pizza, which was quite large and could feed at least two hungry kids. My mother and I both had paninis. I had the Caprese and my mom had the di parma. Both came with mixed greens and french fries. The lunch menu has salads and pasta entrees if you are looking for something more filling for lunch as well. The people at the table next to us were having the pene a la gigi which looked delicious.

The dinner menu is much more extensive, offering choices of pasta, chicken, meat and seafood which all sound good. I plan on returning with my hubby on a future “date night” to try the offerings! The wine list is somewhat extensive; offering several choices by the glass as well by the bottle. Bottle prices run from $34-$165.

Overall, if you are in the area, or like to try new places and are looking to take a road trip, Ristorante Lucia is worth the trip!


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