We have received the full spectrum of comments from informative, to those that concur, and those that vehemently disagree!  Please keep them coming.  Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible.  The more opinions and experiences we have, the better everyone’s decision can be about how their family might fare at a particular restaurant. 

If there is a restaurant out there that you’d like us to “kid-test,” leave me a comment.  We’ll try it out.  If we don’t think it’s within the scope of what we deem appropriate, we’ll let you know.  We try to be respectful of restaurants that are clearly not geared to family dining with younger kids, we’ll leave those to date night!



We use a four star rating.  One star is poor.  Two stars is below average.  Three stars is good/average. Fours stars is excellent.  Pretty standard, right?  It’s my least favorite part of the blog.

A restaurant that would get 4 stars from a “normal” restaurant reviewer may not get 4 stars from us because we have an X factor -that is the KID factor.  Also, there are times when Ogre and I disagree about the ratings.  So, please read the whole entry before writing off a restaurant.  We try to post both the good and bad of a restaurant experience.  And then let us know what you experienced when you go!

On 9/17/08, we decided to change our “star rating” system to a 5 star rating system:  One star is poor, two stars is below average, three stars is average, four stars is above average, and five stars is excellent.   Ogre lamented that it would have been better do it this way and since we are pretty early on in the journey, I took the time to change it.  So, sorry for the confusion, but continue to enjoy!

Yes, we are only going to these restaurants once for review in a year.  Some of these restaurants we’ve frequented in the past.  We realize that we all have bad days and that the server may be new or whatever the case may be.  I still have difficulty with if I’m supposed to base our review on the particular day or what I know of its reputation with our family.  Currently, I integrate both thoughts to come up with a rating.  I’m obviously not a restaurant critic, I’m not part of any culinary elite society, nor do I have any culinary training.  I’m an average mom with an appetite for good food who likes to spend time with her family. 

Please do not take us to be a restaurant critics, we would rather be regarded as a family who passes on our thoughts and experiences to you and your family.  This is our side of the “So what did you think of that restaurant?” conversation with pictures!

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    November 3rd, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    You should read a book titled “Garlic and Sapphires” by Rachel Reichl. She’s a former NY Times food critic and journals about her experience in NY during the restaurant revolution. It’s a charming story, and may be good fuel for your food review fire. Have a great day.

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    November 4th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks! I’ll check that out; I’ve considered asking a real food critic how they go about deciding how they will rate a restaurant…I have so many questions!! It’d be neat to hear another perspective on it all.

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Childsplate.com chronicles our journey to find the perfect family restaurant. We are looking for restaurants with excellent food and a great attitude towards kids, even the whiny, cranky ones! We will be headed out to a different restaurant every single day to provide ourselves (and you) with some entertainment and good information about DFW area restaurants. We hope you will visit frequently and use our experiences to create some fun dining experiences of your own! Watch out, DFW, the Phipps family is going out to eat!

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