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Guide to Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z

Family looking for some food on the fly? Check out 26 tasty kid friendly eateries in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for guaranteed good grub!

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Give your stove a siesta. Instead, savor some of the best chow for families in metro Detroit and the greater Ann Arbor areas – from A to Z. No reservations. No "two for $25" chains. Just 26 casual spots (some cheap, some not-so-cheap) where you can savor some mighty delicious dining.

American Pie

  • Garden City: 5726 Middlebelt Road, 734-266-1667
  • Warren: 11557 E. 12 Mile Road, 586-578-0156
  • Shelby Township: 13440 22 Mile Road, 586-323-4110

This homegrown pizza buffet has its eyes on franchise domination, but for now it's mostly an Eastside little secret. It's got video games, fun decor and – Holy Grail for parents who would like to talk to each other for a few blissful, uninterrupted minutes – a play area.

Bad Brad's BBQ

  • New Baltimore: 35611 Green St., 586-716-9977
  • Shelby Township: 6525 23 Mile Road, 586-254-7010

This northern Macomb County BBQ joint is a standout thanks to some killer slow-cooked meats rivaling (and some say surpassing) some of the area's most-lauded slabs (perhaps neck 'n neck with Slows Bar BQ in Detroit?). Kids meals, like ribs and BBQ sandwiches, come with chips and a drink for only $4. But you could also get the child-friendly BBQ mini sandwiches appetizer for the rug rats to share.

Curry on Crust Desi Pizza

  • Address: 45490 Ford Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-354-8700

Wanna give the kids a taste of India? This hot 'n tasty new spin on an Italian fave is your best bet. Its creative pies infuse Indian spices into eight savory sauces in three main categories: paneer (cheese), veggie or chicken – all super-fresh. Or create your own (extra garlic, ginger and chilies are free!). Small 10-inchers run $6.99-$7.99; large 14-inchers are $11.99-$13.99.

Daly Restaurant

  • Address: 31500 Plymouth Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-427-4474

Once upon a time, there was a chain of Daly Restaurants throughout western Wayne County – and even one little experiment in southern Macomb. But now, this Livonia location is the sole spot for Dalydogs and burgers slathered in famous Dalyburger Sauce. It's cash-only, but you don't need much. Find coupons on its website for some crazy cheap eats.

Ernie's Market

  • Address: 8500 Capital St., Oak Park
  • Phone: 248-541-9703

After more than 50 years of serving up sandwiches, Ernie Hassan has earned the right to get a bit surly from time-to-time. But no, sir. His sunny demeanor and sweet-nothings are legendary. So are the huge sandwiches, custom-made and piled high, costing $5 – tops. We love ya back, baby!

Frita Batidos

  • Address: 117 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-761-2882

Featuring a unique take on Cuban street food built around fritas, aka burgers of all types, topped with everything from fried eggs to avocado and always shoestring fries, as well as batidos: milkshakes made with fresh fruit, crushed ice and sweetened condensed milk. So simple, so perfect a combo.

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