When I was a child, I asked my mom why there wasn’t a Kid’s Day. She answered, “Every day is Kid’s Day.” I didn’t really buy that back then, but in hindsight it is apparent that truer words have neve been spoken. So, this Mother’s Day, do right for the mother in your life by treating her to a terrific meal on her special day of the year. According to the National Restaurant Association, one quarter of Americans will be dining out in celebration of mom’s special day, which means that not only are we a nation of foodies, we’re also a nation of appreciative children and spouses.
[singlepic id=95 w=400 h=600 float=left]In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are pleased to release our rankings of the Top 25 Mom-friendly Dining Cities in the U.S. This list represents the best cities for moms who are also fun-seeking foodies.
The results are spread across 16 states and point to the places where it’s terrific to be both a mom and a foodie. Florida, California, and Texas cities are well represented, as is North Carolina, which boasts wins for Charlotte and Raleigh.
In order to provide this ranking, the OpenTable Mom-friendly Dining Index was calculated using four variables based on OpenTable reservation and diner reviews data from 2012: the percentage of people who dined out for Mother’s Day; the percentage of restaurants rated “kid-friendly;” the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic;” and the percentage of restaurants rated “hot spots.”
As kids head out of school for the summer, OpenTable is thrilled to announce the 100 winners of the 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the U.S. The list of winners is derived from more than ten million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The state of California boasts 26 winning spots on the list, including 13 in the San Francisco vicinity alone — a boon for Bay Area babies and their parents. The Midwest is also best, with Illinois and Minnesota claiming 12 spots each. Massachusetts and New York earned 11 and 12 nods, respectively. Other stand-out states include Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as Washington D.C. Winners also represented Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, among others. Italian fare proved popular with families, with a strong showing from Buca di Beppo restaurants as well as Manhattan favorites Carmine’s 91st Street and Carmine’s Midtown, as well as several others.
Use this list of winners as a surefire way to find a great meal for every member of your family.
Kudos to all the winning restaurants!