July 28, 2013

1. Bob Evans, various locations

Locations: Various locations

Phone: Varies

Hours: Varies

Highlights: For just $2.99, kids can eat a variety of great meals at Bob Evans. Some of the more popular items include the chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese, but the restaurants kids‚?? pancakes which includes five silver dollar pancakes and a choice of breakfast meat is still the hands-down winner in popularity. Bob Evans prides itself on its customer service and family-friendly atmosphere. In fact, for the entire month of July from 2 p.m. to close, kids eat free.

2. Applebee‚??s, Lima

Location: 1925 Roschman Ave., and 3296 Elida Road, Lima

Phone: Roschman Ave.: 419-222-2757; Elida Road: 419-331-8502

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight daily, both locations

Highlights: Don‚??t miss out on delicious chicken fingers, wonderful grilled cheese or for the more adventurous, a kid‚??s steak. Applebee‚??s kids‚?? meals come with one side and a drink and start at $4.39.

3. McDonald‚??s, various locations

Location: Several locations in the Lima region.

Phone: Various

Hours: Varies

Highlights: Does anything say kids‚?? meal more than the Happy Meal at McDonald‚??s? Kids can get a traditional meal with a hamburger, cheeseburger or nuggets, a soft drink and fries, or they can order healthier options such as milk and the apple slices instead. No matter what they order, every happy meal comes with a special toy, many times specialized for boys and girls. For just a few dollars, kids or adults with small appetites can enjoy a happy meal today!

Honorable Mentions: Cracker Barrel, Lima; LuLu‚??s, Lima; IHOP, Lima