The character meal at Confisco Grille is lunchtime. Don't miss it!
The food at the HRH restuarants is very good. The Pal Restaurant is part of the steakhouse chain. Very expensive but if you're a steak lover....
The Sunset Grill is the only other full-fledged restaurant at HRH. (The poolside Beach Club uses the Sunset Grill kitchen.) The food at Sunset Grill is VERY good, with the menu getting more adventuresome as the day wears on. The dinner menu might not be to the taste of finicky kids, however.
NASCAR Cafe will be a winner, especially if they are fans. NBA has great food and a fun atmosphere. Big screens showing basketball clips. But loud. Try the cinnamon berries dessert; if they are doing it right (they weren't the last time I visited) it's a real winner.
I think the cost/value equation at Pat O'Brien's is the best in CityWalk. Super coconut shrimp, very good jambalaya.
The food at Latin Quarter is also very good, large portions and creative presentations. The Crepas Rellanas dessert is FABULOUS!! LQ is fairly expensive and they add an automatic 17% gratuity. But they do have a very inexpensive kids menu.
If mom and dad want to get away for a romantic evening without the kids, I'd suggest Delfino Riviera. Very expensive but worth it for a special evening. Ask to have dessert served on the terrace.0
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