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Which Restaurant Is Best for Kids?

Parents know the places that not only welcome kids but have special menus with kid-size portions and meals to suit their tastes. Which Gulfport restaurant gets your vote? Take our poll.

Gulfport has a lot of great restaurants, including some that draw national attention from food critics. But it takes a very special restaurant to welcome families with affordable prices, kid-size portions and meals that suit both young and adult tastes.

This week's people's choice poll asks readers for their favorite restaurant for kids. Here is out list of choices:

If you don't see your favorite family restaurant listed, let us know in the Comments section and we will add it to the list.

The poll closes at 9 a.m. Friday, with the winner announced at noon.

This is the second week of Patch's "best of" poll, with O'Maddy's winning the top spot last week when Patch asked readers for the best place to have lunch outdoors in Gulfport.

This week's winner will get a big shoutout, a plaque worthy of hanging in the restaurant and a nifty article on the Gulfport Patch.

Let the voting begin!

Lynda March 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The big outdoor tables at the Village Pub are our favorite place to take visiting children. They can watch the play area, the boat traffic, the dogs walking by and generally have a great time without disturbing other diners. The Village Pub has a wonderful family atmosphere and great food.
Cherlene Willis March 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Come on everyone! Vote today!
J Stenhouse March 06, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Tangelo's loves kids, dogs and is a friendly place in general with plenty of outdoor seating - courtyard and sidewalk. Great interesting mix of food.
Mike Schnippering March 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I can't believe you did not even put Pias Trattoria on your list. At Pia's kids under 12 eat Pasta and Panini with a side of fruit for free!!! Pia herself is a welcoming host to young and old - making everyone feel at home.
mtober March 07, 2012 at 05:28 AM
...and BackFin has a great kids menu too!! Either list 'em all or none.
Linda Hersey March 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Looks like a tie this morning for Best Restaurant for Kids... Which is your family's favorite?
Pia Goff March 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Dear Linda Hersey, I would appreciate it if you take Pia's off the list. I'm really not fond of the idea that my restaurant is added 3 day's after the contest starts. And including just a few restaurants leads to unhealthy discussions like the one above. I think if you do a contest like that than list all the restaurants in Gulfport and then let the readers decide which one is for them the "Best of....". Like in this contest it is in the eye of the beholder what is "the best kids place" in town. Some parent might choose the most budget friendly, some the more healthy food, some the athmosphere or the friendlyness or the location... who knows. But all the restaurants should have the same fair start. Thank you very much!:-) (Btw, in general this is a great idea!) Pia Goff (owner of Pia's Trattoria)
Linda Hersey March 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Hi Pia: Patch is running best of contests for 12 weeks, with six listed in each week's poll. More can be added per reader request. These contests are not scientific, more fun than anything else. We included your restaurant last week and will likely list it in future polls. I hope everyone can enjoy the spirit of the polls. I will take down the disparaging comments.
Pia Goff March 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
last week you also only started the contest out with some of the restaurants. We, Pegs and other ones were added on later. That's the point. All or none. Otherwise you always will have some not so happy business owners in Gulfport. Like Cousin's Pizza... they were not included either. Hmmm.... you understand what I mean? I really don't care, but I read the comments and hear it from the customers. Not just my customers. No hard feelings, I hope you get my point.
Linda Hersey March 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Thanks for your comments, Pia. We will consider your ideas when we have future contests. If you want to talk further, please call me: 727-480-4163. Best wishes, Linda
Lynda March 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
There are restaurants in many neighborhoods in Gulfport; however the concentration of great, independently owned places to eat in the Waterfront area makes them the first to think of when Gulfport restaurants are mentioned so the more remote ones are easy to leave out of contests . As a voter in the two Patch contests, my problem was picking just one of the many restaurants my family really enjoys all year around. For example, it is very hard to think of a contest for which Pia's couldn't be my first choice or the Village Pub or Backfin Blue or. . . It seems to me that the rules used by other local Patches for these contests need to be tweaked to fit Gulfport better. And I really agree with Pia Geoff that the owners should be asked first, all restaurants should have equal time for voting and all restaurants should be included. An appropriate goal for Gulfport Patch would be to have a winner's plaque in every Gulfport restaurant for what Patch readers recognize as qualities unique to that place! Those of us who live in Gulfport are lucky to have so many dining choices. Supporting local dining is one way to keep those choices.
Tia Esser March 09, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Yummy's rocks!!! The food is affordable AND amazing! There are so many choices and fun dishes for the little ones. The food court offers a relaxing place to eat, and plenty of room for the kids to run around! Plus, they get ice cream for dessert!!!!!!!
Linda Craig March 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I own a business here, live here. I'm on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce and recently elected to the board for the Merchants Association. I am also the mother of a 12 yrs. old. I feel comfortable taking her to any of the forementioned establishments. At 12 (almost 13 she reminds me) she's not one to have the to run around. That being said... I've been to all of the above and they all have great choices for kids. Now that she is past the kids menu age it's not a concern. To me it depends on your specific dining needs. There is a difference between eating out and a dining experience. Kids (let's talk newborn to 11) like to eat out. They don't know the other. Anyhow... if mine were that young again for a casual dinners and the freedom to stetch ones legs (as a child) and cost I would choose Yummy's.

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