Delicious: Parent-friendly

The coop burger comes with lettuce, tomato, an over-easy egg, grilled bacon and brie. Photo by Mark Davis

There’s a certain stigma attached to dining out with small children. Servers are generally not enthusiastic about cleaning up the mess. Goodfriend passes no such judgment. “We don’t hate your kids,” says owner Matt Tobin. “We opened this restaurant for the neighborhood. We are catering to the element that is here, and it’s young families.” Goodfriend serves up “farmhouse burgers” made with grass-fed beef and has quite a selection of craft beers. The menu lists suggestions for pairings. The Loretta beef burger with onion-bacon jam and blue cheese goes well with the Left Hand Milk Stout. Not a meat-eater? There are options for veggie and turkey burgers, too. The most inventive item on the menu, Tobin says, is the Latin Lover, a chorizo burger with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and manchego. Goodfriend doesn’t have a kids’ menu, and it doesn’t need one. The “cuddly pigs” (pigs-in-a-blanket) and sweet waffle fries keep the little ones happy.

Goodfriend carries 16 beers on draft. Photo by Mark Davis

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House
1154 Peavy

Ambiance: Laid-back
Price range: $7-$10
Tip: The bar is fully stocked with high chairs.


| more dining spots |

1 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
This locally owned franchise features inexpensive dishes and fast, friendly service, plus is stocked with highchairs and booster seats.
4740 W. Mockingbird
2 Penne Pomodoro
The kids’ menu includes pasta, pizza and gelato sundaes.
1924 Abrams Parkway
3 B.B. Bop Rice Bowls
The healthful build-your-own rice bowls satisfy the pickiest of eaters.
5323 Greenville

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  • Nope, the Advocate did not miss this news. We reported it several days ago: In this particular section “Delicious” we write about restaurants that are already open in the neighborhood. Thanks for the info though! 

  • Anonymous

    The biggest Lakewood/Family Friendly dining story of the summer has been missed by Advocate Magazine: The Mecca, a long-standing, homecooking presence at Harry Hines and Lombardy, is moving to the space formerly occupied by Molly Maguire’s and Tipperary Inn (originally the Colbert-Volk clothing store) at Skillman and Live Oak.

    In a laidback diner atmosphere (think super friendly waitresses with lots of memorabilia on the walls), my kids relish the indescribably delicious (and humongous) house-made cinnamon rolls, and the migas, chicken fried steaks, and fresh vegetables, are among the best in town. It’s casual and fun for the entire family, sans alcohol — my grandparents started taking me and my sister to The Mecca more than four decades ago, during the period that were going to the long-since-gone Golden Eagle in Richardson for dinner.

    In any event, the new location of The Mecca will be open for dinner (but still serving breakfast all day), whereas the current location is only open through lunch. The current location closes after lunch on Sunday, August 12, reopening in the new Lakewood location at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, August 17.