Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kid-Friendly Dining Guide Announces Platinum Plate Award Winners is the kid-friendly dining authority listing restaurants that are kid-friendly and teaching restaurants how to better serve families with kids. The results of the annual Platinum Plate Awards have been announced naming chains and independents as award winners across 12 categories.

The nomination process began in January, 2010. Consumers were invited to nominate their favorites and restaurants were encouraged to nominate themselves.

“The Platinum Plate Awards are distinguished by a combination of consumer’s votes and kid-friendly restaurant expertise. In this day and age, restaurants should be doing more and the ones that do should be recognized,” said Julie Casey, The Restaurant Mom and founder of
The 2010 MKP Platinum Plate Award Winners are:


Best Kid-Friendly, Large Chain Nominees: Applebees, Denny’s, IHOP, Pizza Hut
Winner: Denny’s

Best Kid-Friendly, Medium Chain Nominees: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Mimi’s Café, California Pizza Kitchen, Texas Roadhouse
Winner: Mimi’s Cafe

Best Kid-Friendly Small/Regional Nominees: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., California Tortilla, Quaker Steak & Lube, Tumbleweed Southwest Grill
Winner: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Best Kid-Friendly Independent Nominees: Clyde’s, The Flying Pizza Company, Scotty’s Brewhouse
Winner: Scotty’s Brewhouse

Best Kids' Menu (Food) Nominees: 5 & Diner, Genghis Grill, Hard Rock Cafe, Iron Hill Brewery
Winner: Iron Hill Brewery

Most Kid-Friendly Amenities Nominees: Chick-Fil-A, Cool-de-Sac, Family Grounds Cafe
Winner: Cool-de-Sac

Best Kid-Friendly Community Partner
Winner: California Pizza Kitchen, Irvine

Best Family Value Nominees: Bob Evans, Denny’s, Subway
Winner: Bob Evans

Best Kids’ Activities, Younger Kids Nominees: Big Boy Restaurants, Miller’s Ale House, O’Charley’s, Steak-n-Shake,
Winner: Miller’s Ale House

Best Kids’ Activities, Older Kids Nominees: Buffalo Wild Wings, Rainforest Cafe, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Winner: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Healthiest Kids’ Menu, Independent
Winner: Green Day Café

Healthiest Kids’ Menu, Chain Nominees: Boston Market, Panera, Subway
Winner: Subway

Best Kid-Friendly Service
Winner: The Flying Pizza Company

Best Grown Ups Night Out, Independent Nominees: 1492 Tapas Bar, JiRaffe, Park Plaza Gardens, Sabor Latin Bistro
Winner: Sabor Latin Bistro

Best Grown Ups Night Out, Chain Nominees: Seasons 52, Taverna Opa, The Melting Pot
Winner: The Melting Pot

The Platinum Plate Awards are an honor for a restaurant to be awarded. Families with kids make up a large portion of the population and the restaurants that recognize this market segment should be rewarded for their accomplishments. is the industry leader in kid-friendly dining. Conducting research since 2007, MKP has identified what is important to parents when they take kids out to eat. Restaurants are listed on and The Restaurant Mom teaches restaurants how to increase revenues through repeat visits and higher check averages with this segment.

Watch the awards presentation at

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