With its 15 top-notch eateries, including several operated by some of the Hub's most lauded chefs, Time Out Market is a Boston foodie's dream. But for the parents among us, not everyone can score a sitter, and some prefer to dine with their little ones in tow. Fortunately, Time Out Market is exceptionally child-friendly, with lots of open communal seating; chances are you can set up shop, have plenty of room for your crew, and if the kids make a bit of a mess there are no servers or fine-dining patrons to worry about. If you're dining with a big group, check out our guide to the best dishes for sharing at Time Out Market, and if you're looking to thrill your sweet tooth, check out our list of the best sweet bites at Time Out Market.
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Kid-friendly bites at Time Out Market Boston
Lots of local boys and girls grow up chomping on their parents' weekend bagels. At Mamaleh’s, the little ones in your life can snack on a hand-rolled bagel with cream cheese, a PB&J or grilled cheese on challah, or savory, easy-to-eat hot dog. More adventurous eaters should have no problem tackling a gooey Reuben sandwich.
Michael Schlow’s first-ever pizzeria specializes in Roman-style pies. The pizzas come out of a special wood-burning oven chewy and airy, with a charred, crispy crust. Parents can enjoy a wild mushroom pie with truffle and grated Parm while the kiddos devour the classic Margarita option (imported San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil).
Junior pasta lovers can try the kids pasta, available with butter and/or Parm. Add an order of “Mimi’s famous” meatballs, courtesy of Michael Schlow, and you may end up with a budding foodie on your hands.
For a healthful, colorful and — most importantly — tasty treat, encourage the kids to try a freshly-made smoothie such as the Berry Blue (blueberry, banana, strawberry, spinach, date) or the appropriately-named Easy (banana, date, GF oats, cacao, cinnamon). Rare is the child that doesn't enjoy RHK's smooth, sweet acai bowls, and house-made soups are also easy to eat for those with developing teeth.
At Gelato & Chill, Vincent Turco uses traditional Italian recipes to create small-batch, handmade gelato and sorbet made from local, organic and additive-free ingredients. Once kids try a bite, they'll never look at tubs of store-bought ice cream the same way again.
Hummus might just be the most kid-friendly treat to explode across the Hub this century. Fortunately, anoush’ella (an Armenian expression of love, meaning “may it be sweet”) churns out exceptional hummus, as well as smooth labne, grilled halloumi, baked chickpea fritters and lots of other kid-friendly noshes.
Lots of local tykes love to nosh on meat and cheese plates; BISq's charcuterie and lovingly-sourced cheeses will make even the fussiest eater forget about Lunchables. For a safe, easy-to-eat treat, order a grilled cheese, available with or without meat.
The Boston area is full of junior sea captains and little mermaids who enjoy eating fish as much as, if not more than, any other protein. Saltie Girl's fish and chips is a no-brainer for kids of a certain age, and we won't judge if your little ones ask for, and are granted, their very own lobster roll.
Stop by any of Boston's neighborhood sushi spots and you're likely to find lots of families working their way through a sushi dinner packed with light, clean ingredients that are unlikely to upset any developing tummies. Introduce the littlest sushi lovers in your life to gogo ya's crispy nori sushi tacos or bento bowls, which are filled with everything from torched salmon teriyaki and grilled Maine lobster to kid-approved tuna, avocado and cucumber.
Earn your kiddos some serious foodie cred by ordering up treats from James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman and advanced sake professional Nancy Cushman (the culinary power couple behind o ya and Hojoko). At Ms. Clucks, kid-friendly dishes include the Clucks Deluxe chicken and dumpling noodle soup and — for those who can handle a hint of gentle spice — the easy-to-eat curry chicken gyoza.
George Howell Coffee's expert baristas can whip up any number of warming, caffeine-free concoctions that are sure to please finicky juvenile palates. (Rare is the tyke that passes on a gourmet hot chocolate.)