Free food! Did that get your attention? That’s exactly what local restaurateurs are hoping to do when they offer free kids’ meals to families on a budget or other mixed groups of adults and children such as aunts, uncles and friends. Several local eateries offer these specials all week long, on select days or with some stipulations.

At Mary Coyle ‘Ol Fashion Ice Cream Parlor, 5221 N. 7th Ave., kids 11 and younger can eat free every Tuesday and Thursday evening. The special offer is valid between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. when an adult meal is purchased. One free child’s meal is given per adult meal purchased.

“A family of four can eat dinner here and both children will eat courtesy of Mary Coyle,” said owner Mike Stoffey. Of course, the offer isn’t exclusive to families. Stoffey continues, “The promotion is a 1:1 offer; if you are an adult and you have a special child you want to spend a fun evening with, we hope you’ll choose Mary Coyle.” So aunts, uncles and friends, here’s an offer that includes you as well.

Kids can select from a menu that offers hot dogs, chili dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade chili, and chicken tenders with a side of fries. For more information, call 602-265-6266 or visit

Not too far away at St. Francis, 111 E. Camelback Road, kids 10 and younger eat free all day long, every day. Family is central to this business that is owned by brothers and who instill a similar bond among the kitchen and wait staff.

Owner and Chef Aaron Chamberlin whips up a number of items for the kiddos, such as seasonal veggies with buttermilk dressing, a big hamburger with fries, a lil’ turkey sandwich with fries or pot roast with carrots. The daily special has allowed him to build up his clientele of families who may come to dine more than twice a week due to the offer. The special offer has been a success and soon more items will be added to the kids menu.

“I spent the last 15 years prior to coming to the Valley in San Francisco and New York City, working at stuffy restaurants that kids would never come to,” says Chamberlin.

“When I moved to Phoenix my eyes opened up; it’s such a family-oriented place.”

He also comes from a family of seven brothers and sisters and15 nephews and nieces.

“When we decided to open I wanted a place where parents could come and have a nice glass of wine and the kids would feel welcomed as well.”

Learn more about St. Francis by visiting: or call 602-200-8111.

Additional local restaurants with free dining for kids include:

Arriba Mexican Grill
1812 E. Camelback Road
All day on Sundays only. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.

Chelsea’s Kitchen
5040 N. 40th St.
Monday through Friday only, from 3-6 p.m. Kids 12 and younger eat free.

7575 N. 16th St.
Tuesdays only, kids 12 and younger eat free all day. One kids meal per adult meal purchased. Not valid with any other offers. Dine-in only.

Humble Pie
2333 N. 7th St.
All day on Sundays only. Kids 12 and younger eat free. Limit two kids per adult.

Sam’s Cafe
455 N. 3rd St., Ste. #114
Saturday and Sunday only. All day, kids eat free. Buy one adult meal and get one kids meal free.

16th St. & Bethany Home Road
*Opening soon; for more details check Sundays only between 4-9 p.m., kids 12 and younger eat free. One kids meal per adult meal purchased.


  • Patty Talahongva

    Patty Talahongva is a Hopi journalist, documentary producer, and news executive. She was the first Native American anchor of a national news program in the United States and is involved in Native American youth and community development projects.

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