Spring break 8 restaurants to try with your kids

Spring break: 8 restaurants to try with your kids

Why not use the spring break just around the corner to spend time with your family? This can rhyme with evenings of board games, cinema, outdoor activities, but also eating out!

Here are some very nice addresses that will appeal to young and old alike, both for the fun atmosphere and the quality and variety on the plate.


Who said pizza was always synonymous with fast food and shoddy ingredients? At Vesta, everything is taken seriously. The digestion-friendly fermented dough is made from local flour and the peppers are gently dried on site. The side vegetables and salads are mostly sourced from the Jean Talon market a few blocks away, not to mention the completely homemade sauces. Before attacking the pizza, you need to grab the garlic knots!

206 Jarry Street East, Montreal

The center

Photo courtesy of Le Central

Le Central, a gastronomic hall strategically located a stone’s throw from the Quartier des Spectacles, is ideal to welcome families with children of all ages. The relaxed and festive atmosphere gives toddlers the space they need to let off steam without disturbing the neighbors before first tipping their fork into a plate from one of the 25 restaurant counters. Tacos, pizza, ramen soup, fresh pasta, burgers, Putin… Rest assured you’ll find something to please your taste buds.

30 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal

Green spot

Photo courtesy of Greenspot

If there’s one time of the year when you can afford to take the family over for a snack, it’s spring break. And as long as you choose this option, it’s better to make a wise choice! The Greenspot is a Montreal institution that deserves at least one visit. Since opening in 1947, fryers and griddles have hardly ever stopped working. We go there morning, noon, or night to satisfy our cravings for poutines (27 choices), “steamed” hot dogs, a smoked meat sandwich, a brunch plate, or just comforting spaghetti with meat sauce. We bet the retro vibe with the brown benches will have you rekindling the nostalgia of the 1980s.

3041 Notre Dame Street West, Montreal

Little Sao

Photo provided by Amandine Serylo

Colorful surroundings, family atmosphere and damn good authentic Vietnamese dishes: Le Petit Sao is probably the best place to get in touch with Vietnamese culture. Whether it’s pho soup, nems, spring rolls or a bánh-mì sandwich, even the most difficult children will find what they are looking for. The secret lies in the traditional family recipes, handed down in a very strict way from mother to daughter and then to the kitchen teams. You might even meet Mama Thi, who is still in the kitchen after more than 35 years!

40 Place du Commerce, Isle of the Nuns
1870 Center Street, Montreal
237 Notre Dame Street West, Montreal
7209 Taschenreau Blvd, Brossard
Atwater Market (May to October)

south express

Photo courtesy of Express du Sud

In the heart of the town of Charny, now Lévis, there is a small bistro worth visiting and where children are welcome. L’Express du Sud – referring to the Lévis train station – has been a landmark for locals for more than 15 years. It offers international cuisine, where in the evening fine pizzas stand alongside tartars, burgers and grilled meats, and in the mornings omelettes, eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes and other creations that are both traditional and original round off the brunch menu. Morning breakfast menu for kids under 10 is only $8 – paper and pens included!

8093, Boulevard du Centre-Hospitalier, Charny

crazy pig

Photo courtesy of Cochon Dingue

An attention-grabbing Parisian atmosphere, beguiling dishes and an attractive children’s menu: Cochon Dingue has been seducing for almost 45 years! Originally known for its hearty breakfasts – which must be accompanied by a bowl of café au lait – its steak fries, its pot en pot and its “pork” desserts, the menu has evolved greatly to always suit the family to entertain. The $10.95 three-course table d’hôtes including a drink is the perfect example that all children are welcome.

6 branches in Quebec City and Lévis

Neapolitan Nina

Photo provided by Nina Neapolitan

With the kids or not, Nina is always a good plan! We don’t necessarily go there for the decor—both sober and sophisticated—but for the Neapolitan pizza, possibly the best of its kind in Quebec City. The fillings are carefully selected, extremely well dosed, then the cooking of a few seconds is skillfully controlled to achieve a result where the dough is just enough charred, elastic and volatile. What makes young and old melt!

410 Saint Anselme Street, Quebec
764 Saint Jean Street, Quebec

Victoria Cheese Factory

Photo provided by Fromagerie Victoria

If you are traveling with the kids you will probably make a stop. Located on major transport routes, the Victoria Cheese Factories are a good alternative to other large fast food chains. Make no mistake, this Quebec company doesn’t just serve cheese: Banner has established itself in recent years as a restaurant perfect for families. All the snacking classics are on offer, including nearly 10 types of Putin, sips of the day’s own cream cheese curd.


Tommy Dion is a columnist/food critic and founder of the web platform and gourmet guide www.lecuisinomane.com