I write about food quite a bit, and I often get the same questions over and over again. Good date spots. Places to take Granny for her 80th birthday. Quiet spots to abruptly break up with someone who thinks you’re actually planning to propose (really). And, the biggest, most vexatious request of them all: kid-friendly restaurants that are actually delicious, as opposed to germ factories featuring reheated pizza squares and limp quesadillas.
As luck would have it, Boston is enjoying a Jewish deli renaissance lately (and we all know there’s nowhere kid-friendlier than a loud, cacophonous, delicious Jewish deli—the pickles alone could keep a child occupied for an hour). Most notably, Mamaleh’s, helmed by staff from Cambridge’s Hungry Mother and State Park, have plans for an expansive takeout and sit-down deli coming up in the next few months. The teams from Tasty Burger and Commonwealth have also made similar rumblings, joining the ranks of stalwarts like S&S Restaurant and Zaftigs Delicatessen.
In the meantime, here are a few more prime perches for pint-sized gourmands.