5 Great Restaurants for a Kid’s Birthday Party

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When you have a child in the home who’s having a birthday and you want to eat out, there are so many great restaurant chains to choose from that it’s difficult to decide. Most of our restaurant choices have their own kids’ menu with kid-friendly portion sizes and a good number of options for picky eaters.

Here are the five greatest restaurants for a kid’s birthday party.

1.      Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Café is a chain that has an active rainforest theme throughout, from the lush green background to the kid’s menu. Started in the Mall of America in Minnesota, it has since expanded globally. The kid’s menu comes with a choice of entrées like the Rainforest Rascals (mini burger sliders), Python pasta or mac & cheese. Each kid can also pick a side dish, a drink, and later a dessert.

2.      Pizza Hut

It’s hard to find a kid that doesn’t love pizza. And even if you don’t, these days Pizza Hut also has other dishes for pasta lovers and vegetarians to keep everyone happy. Whether they’ll like Italian style with a thin crust or enjoy a thicker stuffed crust, you’re bound to see many happy faces enjoying their slice or two. To make dining out more enjoyable, this Pizza Hut coupon code 5 off will save you some money.

3.      T.G.I. Friday

The classic T.G.I. Fridays is a play of the “Thank Goodness, It’s Friday” saying that many polite people used to utter. These days, the venerable chain continues to offer American goodness on a plate. From big ribs to bourbon barrel salmon and sizzling chicken and shrimp, the menu can get a little exotic. But there’re also plenty of burgers, fries, and sandwiches in every combination too. The soft drinks menu is considerable. Lastly, the desserts are worth a visit alone with Oreo Madness and Brownie Obsession getting the taste buds going just thinking about them.

4.      Dave & Buster’s

The Dave & Buster’s experience is all about having fun. They have their restaurant and also a games area too. The kids’ menu offers surf and turf, chicken tenders known as Goldfingers, Macaroni & Cheese, or a Parmesan Caesar salad for those trying to watch their weight.

For drinks, there are ice floats like the colorful Grape Candy Chill, fruit drinks, sodas, and their classic milkshakes. In case the kids are still hungry, there are several desserts to choose from too.

5.      Chuck E. Cheese’s

The Chuck E. Cheese dining experience is based around American favorites. For the kids, there is the Mac-Cheesy pizza or one with Cheetos, which is not something you see every day! A variety of pizzas are there to share, the best chicken wings, healthy club wraps, and the tater bites are popular with the kids too. There’re also plenty of drinks options suitable for the younger visitors too.

Any of these restaurants is going to create a fun time for a gaggle of kids. It’s probably best to match the eating habits of the kids coming to the party with the menus from the various restaurant chains, to see which will be the best fit.


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LongHorn Steakhouse Celebrates America’s First Responders

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First responders risk their lives each day to protect us in our most vulnerable of times, and LongHorn Steakhouse is saying “thank you” this fall.

  • Free Appetizer – On Monday, Oct. 6, all firefighters, police officers and EMS workers will enjoy a complimentary appetizer from LongHorn’s Bold Bites menu.
  • eGift Card Donation – Through Oct. 6, LongHorn will donate 10 percent of eGift Card sales to the American Red Cross to further its mission of providing emergency assistance, disaster relief and preparedness education across the United States. To purchase a LongHorn eGift Card, please visit www.LongHornSteakhouse.com or www.facebook.com/longhornsteakhouse.

To learn more about LongHorn Steakhouse, visit www.LongHornSteakhouse.comwww.Facebook.com/LongHornSteakhouseand www.Twitter.com/LongHornSteaks. For more information on the Red Cross and to learn how to get involved in your local community, visit www.Redcross.org.

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Red Lobster Seafood Dinner For Two- Only $25

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Dinner for two doesn’t have to break the bank even when it includes delicious seafood.  From now until May 26th Red Lobster has a special Seafood Dinner for Two menu that includes 2 dinners for only $25.  Last night my hubby and I went to Red Lobster to check it out.  We had hoped to make it a (rare) romantic, child-free meal but with no available sitter, we took our girls and we all had a great time.  On a side note~ The waitress must have thought I was a food nut or some kind of crazy for taking pictures of everything.  Oh the things I do for you, my readers! 😉menu for 2 menuOur meal began with unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits……YUM!  Hubby and I were then given a choice of a garden or Caesar side salad.  I splurged on a Caesar salad and hubby had the garden salad.  Both salads were fresh, crisp, and delicious.  We also chose to add a bowl of Lobster Bisque to our share for an additional fee.  It was so creamy and delicious that my daughter ended up having most of it!
We then had the choice of one of 4 appetizers to share or one of 3 desserts to finish our meal.  It was hard to choose between Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Golden Onion Rings, Spicy Buffalo Chicken Bites, and Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms but we chose the mushrooms.  They were covered in golden, bubbly cheese and were the perfect starter for us.  If you like desserts you can choose between Chocolate Wave Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, or Key Lime Pie.  Or for only $4.99 extra, get both an appetizer and a dessert to share.red lobster professional
For our main course we each had the choice of  Honey-Garlic Crispy Shrimp, Seafood Lover’s Linguini, Wood-Grilled Chicken with Portobello Wine Sauce, Wood-Grilled Pork Chop, Teriyaki Glazed Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, or Bar Harbor Salad with Chicken or Shrimp.  I chose the Honey-Garlic Crispy Shrimp (Hand-battered shrimp fried to a golden brown, drizzled with a honey-garlic glaze and topped with green onions. Served over cilantro rice tossed with broccoli) and my hubby chose the Seafood Lover’s Linguini (Tender shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, roasted tomatoes and green onions in a white wine and lemon-garlic sauce over linguini).  Hubby’s only recommendation is that he would have preferred a cream sauce with his linguini.  I absolutely LOVED my Honey-Garlic Crispy Shrimp.  The shrimp were golden and crispy with a wonderful honey-garlic sauce that I could have drank, it was so delish!   It was served with perfectly seasoned cilantro rice, red peppers, and broccoli.  It is the type of meal that I will be craving again in the future so I am sure we’ll be making another trip to Red Lobster soon.  We opted not to get dessert because it was getting late for our girls on a school night.  Next time I’m sure we’ll try one of the desserts on the Dinner for 2 or one of their other yummy offerings.  The Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie is on my radar for sure!
As I mentioned, we brought our girls with us.  They loved the Cheddar Bay Biscuits.  There are plenty of choices for children on the children’s menu but my girls like to be different.
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My older daughter choose the chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks appetizer for her dinner and my younger daughter chose the half portion of broiled salmon from the adult menu.  She LOVES salmon so she was happy that it was on the menu.  Her dinner came with a salad so she shared a Caesar salad with her sister.  My girls love croutons so they were in heaven.  When the salmon came out I was a little nervous that my daughter wouldn’t like it because it had seasoning on it but after one bite my fears were alleviated.  She gave her salmon an immediate thumbs up and proceeded to finish it all!
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Of course a trip to Red Lobster isn’t complete until my girls check out the lobster tank!lobster pic
Make sure to check out Red Lobster’s lunch specials for only $7.99 as well as their other specials.
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Make sure to visit your local Red Lobster by May 26th to take advantage of this great dinner for two!
Visit RedLobster.com for more information and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure- I received a gift card to purchase our meals to facilitate my review but I received no other compensation and all opinions are 100% my own.







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Yummy New Items at Dunkin’ Donuts #DDCoolSpotDaniaBch

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dunkin drinks Have you been to Dunkin’ Donuts lately?  They have lots of new choices on their menu for both foods and beverages.  My favorites by are the two new iced coffee flavors inspired by their sister brand, Baskin-Robbins ice cream.  They offer Mint Chocolate Chip Iced Coffee and Old Fashioned Butter Pecan Iced Coffee.  Both taste just like iced cream.  I really can’t say which is my favorite because they are both delicious!  Of course you can still get hot and iced coffee in their other flavors such as French Vanilla and Hazelnut.  And if you are a coffee purist, Dunkin’ Donuts also offers their Dunkin’ Dark Roast coffee in iced coffee and if you prefer hot coffee the Dunkin’ Dark Roast can be purchased by the pound.  If you are not a coffee fan they also have iced tea and iced sweet tea to quench your thirst.
If you are looking for a cool treat as temperatures heat up, Dunkin’ Donuts has you covered.  They have introduced 3 new Coolatta Frozen Beverage flavors to their Coolatta line-up- Berry Blast, Raspberry Lime, and Minute Maid Orange.  The Dunkin’ Donuts Coolatta flavor list also includes Strawberry, Strawberry Lemonade, Blue Raspberry, Frozen Lemonade, Vanilla Bean and for the coffee lovers, Frozen Coffee, Frozen Mocha Coffee, and Frozen Caramel Coffee.  I’ve always been a Coolatta fan but even I didn’t know that you can get them with flavor shots.  You can add any flavor on the flavor menu to any Coolatta.  And if that isn’t fun enough, you can also combine Coolatta flavors and become your own mixologist.  Why not try Vanilla Bean with Strawberry?  Or for a fun, tie-dye look mix Raspberry Lime, Strawberry, and Blue Raspberry.  I know my girls are going to love mixing flavors for their own signature Coolatta blend.  Dunkin’ Donuts has a cool offer for you- For the month of May you can get any small Coolatta for just $1.99 nationwide.
dunkin food Of course Dunkin’ Donuts also has great food items on their menu.  They recently added a turkey sausage sandwich to their permanent menu.  Did you know that you can get any sandwich on any type of bread?  That includes croissants, biscuits, tortilla wraps, Texas Toast, English Muffins, flat bread, and French rolls.  They also have Southern Style Biscuits with either sausage or chicken on them.  YUMMY!  Their biscuits are made with a new flakier recipes and are brushed with butter flavored spread after baking.  May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day so why not try one!   Don’t forget to ask for a little honey for your biscuit!
If you are looking for a yummy lunch, Dunkin’ Donuts has both tuna salad and chicken salad wraps that you can also get on any other type of bread.  They both come with bacon and white cheddar cheese.   If you are looking for a light meal or snack our favorite item on the menu in my family is the Wake-Up Wrap Sandwich.  I like mine with just egg and cheese while one of my daughters likes it with bacon, egg, and cheese and my other daughter prefers hers with ham, egg, and cheese.  They make a great after school snack.
ddsmart menuIf you are looking for healthier options make sure to check out Dunkin’ Donut’s DDSmart Menu of items that are 400  calories or less.  These include Egg White Flatbread Sandwiches, Egg & Cheese on an English Muffin, Wake-up Wraps, and more!dunkin lounge
There are also lots of changes to many Dunkin’ Donuts.  Some Dunkin’ Donuts, including the Dania Beach, FL store at 550 South Federal Hwy, have new comfortable lounge areas.  Bring your laptop and enjoy FREE Wi-Fi as you relax, sip your coffee, and watch t.v.dunkin menu
Many locations now have beautiful new digital menus including a video screen.  Pretty, isn’t it?dunkin sweets
You are probably wondering why I didn’t mention the one item that is in Dunkin’ Donuts name.  I decided to save the best for last.  Dunkin’ Donuts wouldn’t be Dunkin’ Donuts without their delicious donuts!  Right now for Spring they are featuring the Spring Showers Donut which has a yeast shell filled with apple raspberry jelly and is topped with strawberry and pastel green icing drizzle over white dipped icing.  Their other Spring donut is the Spring Fling Donut which is a yeast ring donut frosted with strawberry icing and topped with pastel green and pastel yellow drizzle.  Both are available nationwide through May.  They are so pretty you might not want to eat them…….Nah, I’m sure you’ll eat ’em!
dunkin appMake sure to download the Dunkin’ Donuts app to your mobile phone.  It features great money saving deals, will tell you where the closest Dunkin’ Donuts is, plus you can also load it with your Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, purchase a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card from it, and even send a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card all from the app.  Want to know what’s on the menu?  The app has that, too, as well as nutritional information so download it to your mobile phone now so you’re ready for your next Dunkin’ Donuts craving.

South Florida Locals:
DDSoFla is launching a contest on 5/6/2013 in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week so follow them on Twitter.  Plus they are also offering a special for teachers in Broward, Dade, and Monroe Counties- from May 6th-10th they can get any sized iced coffee for only $.99 with valid teacher id.
Dania Beach Restaurant Background Info:
After serving guests for 18 years, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, unveiled a newly remodeled restaurant at 550 S Federal Hwy in Dania to bring guests greater comfort and accessibility, and to continue to keep busy people running while on-the-go.

The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and employs approximately 20 crew members. The restaurant is 4,500 square feet and features comfortable seating for approximately 20 guests with interior booths and tables  Other new features include large flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi, softer seating, and a larger customer lounge. Additionally, the restaurant has specially designed drive-thru that enhances efficiency for busy guests on-the-go.
dunkin gift basketHave a gift to give?  Why not make a gift basket filled with goodies from Dunkin’ Donuts such as K-cups, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and more!  Mother’s Day is coming up.   Hint hint!

Disclosure:  I received a gift basket of Dunkin’ Donuts products (shown above) as well as the opportunity to taste the new menu items.  I did not receive an other compensation.  All opinions are 100% my own.





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Today’s Deals- The (not so) Short Version

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I am spending the day again with my family but I didn’t want you to miss any deals so here they are in abridged versions.

I updated this post from yesterday so these should all be valid for Sunday!

Click the links to find out more.  🙂


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