On the way home from Oklahoma City, driving down 1-40, we saw the giant cowboy and decided to stop and eat. The Big Texan is such an icon - and for good reason. There is so much to look at, explore, and enjoy. The food isn't too bad either!
Walking around Downtown Disney, Nana made a b-line for Rain Forest Cafe as soon as she spotted it. We were seated immediately on the patio on the second floor. Waited on by a former pre-k teacher, who was wonderful to us kids - and that was awesome after hours in a car. She brought us some really cool frozen drinks - they boys got blue ones. The food was amazing too!
The best part was all of the super great stuff to look at all over the restaurant. The kids menu had a scavenger hunt so that you could make sure that you didn't miss seeing any of the animals - like gorillas and giant butterflies!
The boys went and got a burger from the new burger place over by Texas Tech one night after Cub Scout Camp and they brought some home to share with us - that was pretty nice and the food was really good too! So tonight was decided to go get some burgers and eat inside the restaurant. I'm gonna tell you all about it...
It looked pretty cool inside, sort of old timey. They have some tall chairs too, but we didn't sit there. There were some pictures of the first Burger House from back in 1951 in the Dallas area. That place has been around a long time. The guy in charge of the Burger House told us that he is from around Dallas and grew up loving those burgers. My brothers love burgers too!
There were a few TV's up with sports and news kind of stuff for my dad to watch. No coloring sheets or anything, but that was ok - it didn't take long to get our food.
There were like 6 choices for kids - grilled cheese to chicken breast. Corn dogs weren't on the menu, but the guy said that we could have one if my brother would like that better. That was pretty nice. There were so many choices that we all got something different.
Nana got a chicken salad and couldn't finish it all - there was a bunch of salad. She added some onion rings to the salad and liked that a bunch.
My dad was crazy and asked fora hamburger hot dog mixed together. It was so big! With all the chili and cheese it was pretty messy too. He really liked it with hot peppers. Those are too hot for me for sure!
I don't really know much about this, but the kids menu said most things were $3.99 and that seems ok to me. But the guy in charge talked to my mom and dad and brought us a strawberry shake... we didn't even have to share! Everyone got their own.
The people there were so nice and helpful. One guy even helped us put tables together for our family - that was very nice. They helped bring the food to the table and talked to us.
It's a new place and I think that kids will like this - especially the super yummy shakes. The guy in charge said that they were going to have a party to get people to come to the store after the students come back to Tech. That's a pretty good idea. People like to come to parties and will really like the food there.
Out running errands, our Mom said that would could run by Sonic for a Happy Hour treat. We all started talking about all of the different drinks that we liked -all of them sounded so good. That made it hard to choose just one.
Everyone should got to Sonic, it makes you happy for more than an hour!
Plagued by that ago old question, Where to Go Eat after Church?, we landed on Lujans. Located at 101st and Slide Road, Lujan's serves a "Texican" Feast and will soon be open on Mondays too! On Modays they will be serving free margaritas all day long our waiter told us.
Even though they were busy and there were other people waiting, because there are so many of us, we got to go sit at the big round table right when we walked inside.
It's a fun, friendly place. It looked awesome. I really liked the statues and vases on the divider. The vase looked like a crocodile bit it or something - really cool.
We like the music too. Our baby brother kept dancing to it.
They ran out of colorsheet/kids menus, but they gave us some crayons and white paper so that we could draw our own pictures, but as soon as the chips and salsa arrived, we were sort of done coloring. Then we got some queso too - yummy!
After we ordered our food, it didn't take long at all for our food to come out. There wasn't a lot of time to wait.
There were so many choices on the kids menu, everything from chicken bits to tamales to choose from. It was great to choose from so many different things. We ordered an enchilada, a tamale, burrito and Addison just had rice and beans because that's her favorite.
The chips were warm and wonderful. We really liked the salsa, but the queso was our definite favorite. We always like the cheese sauce.
Preston loves tamales. "They were so yummy," he said. Our baby brother ate all of his beans and then all of our moms too! He really liked those beans.
The best part about the food was what came last - fried icream with carmel and chocolate. It came with 4 forks and we kept pasing it in a circle until it was all gone. We all said how much we loved tht ice cream. It was a big treat and really exciting to get to have it.
We saw the Kids Eat Free sign on the way in the door and it sort of made our parents want to come back for dinner too.
Prices range from about $3 for kids meals to about $15 for a steak meal.
Lujan's has been in Lubbock for 20 years and our waiter, Noel, has been at Lujans for 14 of those. He knows the menu by heart - that was cool when he told us eveything on the kids menu. He kept moving so fast and helping a lot of other people too. Other people helped us too by bring more chips, extra napkins, and that kind of thing.
Clayton loved the fried ice cream so much he said, "This place gets an A+ from me for sure! wow" and the other kids agreed too!
- Clayton (8), Preston (6), Addison (5) and Trenton (2)
After a great day with baseball awards, a few errands, birthday parties, a golf tournament, swimming at a friends house... the whole family went out to eat for dinner. We were looking for something fresh and low-key, since we looked like we'd had a full day playing - if you know what I mean. We agreed on McAlisters deli on 19th Street. - Mom
McAlisters looks really good. Their pictures and stuff were all over the walls, pictures of people and teams and food. Those were cool. I really like the ones of the famous singer.
When you come in, you order at the counter and then go sit down, hang your order number on the stand on the table. Then the guys bring the food out to you.
Seperating the tables are some curtains that my baby brother started playing peek-a-boo with the people on the otherside. That was a little embarrasing, but the other people were like college kids and they were laughing with him.
We just talked to each other and watch the baby tease the college kids. There wasn't much else to do while we waited on the food come come.
The kids menu has a bunch of choices, like sandwhiches, mac and cheese, and even nachos, but the menu was hanging from the celing behind the counter and it was kind of hard to see because we're pretty short. The tables had paper menus on them all, but we didn't see those until we ordered and went to sit down.
The kids items all came with a small package of Teddy Grahams and the mac and cheese come with a side item too. "The pita pizza was really good with lots of cheese and sauce," Preston said. Even though it was different from the pizza I'm used to, it was awesome. "The cheese sauce on the nachos were hot and cheesy, said Clayton. It even had some good tomatoes in it. Addison and Trenton ordered Mac and Cheese and cleaned their plates.
The sweet tea was voted the best part by all of us... it was so good!
Mom and Dad said the price was right. It only costs .99 for a kids meal when you dine-in. Our whole family ate for about $20.
When we got to the resturant around 7pm, there weren't many people there, but after they brought our food it started to get busy. The waiter forgot to bring my brother a fork and we had to go take out cups and ask for refills. The waiter did come back over and appolgize for forgetting the fork, which was cool.
We actually forgot to order food for my little brother and when the waiter brought the food to the table, we asked him if he could help us. It was awesome because he said sure, took our money at the table, and brought the food right back. Our baby brother was happy about that. So were we!
We would really like to go back. Great sweet tea and a helpful waiter, plus awesome food... it's a keeper!
- reviewed and posted by Addison (5), Preston (6), and Clayton (8)
typed by Mom
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We went to CiCi's last weekend after a log day of baseball games and their pizza hit the spot, lot of food choices and a game room too!
Mid way into the kids first full week off school for the summer, we met at Beef O'Brady's after work. While we were there, we decided that this would be the start of our adventure sharing. So we talked about what we saw and how we felt about it. We made a plan for what we would say and how we would say it, thinking about what you might like to know about the places we visit around Lubbock.
Since there are 6 of us, we thought we'd look at 6 different aspects of restaurants and experiences in and around Lubbock. Here it goes:
Located on the north side of Lubbock in a strip mall off of 4th and Loop 289, Preston says, "it's hooked up with a lot of other stores so that we can get a bunch of stuff done or stop to eat when we are running errands."
On the inside it's sports themed and according to Clayton, "the posters on the wall are cool, especially the ones of local kids and teams." With about 5 TV's any where you look, it's a pretty cool place to go. We arrived at about 5:30pm and there was only one other table occupied, but by the time we left there were quite a few tables full of families.
"You can tell that they like kids here," noticed Addison, "because they have color sheets and crayons. The color sheets were full of activities like a word search, a word scramble and counting games. The pictures and stuff were about school being out, which was neat because we are out of school now.
In addtion to the multiple TV's mounted from the celing, there is also a small game room with a racing game, a shooting game and two prize games for entertainment. There
were plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied until the meal arrived.
The menu choices are varied from fish and chips to salads, burgers and wraps. The guys shared an appetizer combo and an order of chicken wings. My mother and I both chose to try a salad, a southwestern and a shrimp salad.
The kids menu is on the back of the main menu as pictured below, with more choices than most family oriented resturants. Addison choose to have the macaroni and cheese and each kids meal comes with a side dish choice and a cookie. Choices of sides are anything from a fruit cup or broccoli to cole slaw or curly fries.
The food arrived shortly and was seasoned and flavorful. The salads were fresh and the pieces of vegetables and chicken were bite sized, which was nice, those salads at some other places with huge awkward pieces are just, well - awkward. There were 3 dressing choices with my salad and 2 skewers full of shrimp with my mothers.
Addison ate every bite of her kids meal. The boys even tried the broccoli, the side choice with the chicken wings, with some Ranch dressing. "I really didn't want to try it," said Clayton, "but once I did it wasn't that bad." All of the food - even the broccoli - was quite tasty.
The price for the meals are quite reasonable for the amount and quality of food, about $5-10 per meal.
We chose to eat at Beef O'Bradys tonight because we purchased a Groupon for 50% off our ticket. When you cash in Groupon deals it feels like you are really saving some big money, even though you've already paid a portion of the bill. When the tab comes and you only owe $10 or so, it's a great feeling! And my kitchen is still clean too -
They have a punch card for lunch - buy 6, get the 7th free.
The wait staff was friendly, but not overly attentive. The food did not arrive all at once to the table. After asking for some appetizer plates, I had to get up and go ask again. They were helpful is splitting checks and helping with using the Groupon.
We appreciate when restaurant managers come by to check on the tables, to make sure that everything is going well. Even more than that, we appreciate when managers and owners are active in giving back to the community. Beef O'Bradys is pleased to partner with organizations around the South Plains by providing cards that when presented while paying out offers 10% of the check back to the organization.
Overall the kids give Beef O'Bradys an A for the Tv's and games, plus the good, fun food for kids
After watching the first episode of Nickelodean iCarly, where the main character decides to do a web show, my kids decided that they would like to do a "show". Choosing to share our experiences with others, sounded like a really fun idea.