9 Fantastic Spots in Pittsburgh to Grab Fun, Kid-Friendly Food

February 11, 2019
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Sometimes we just want to eat like a kid again.

Unfortunately for most of us, that’s not an option all of time. But there’s something about those foods you loved as a kid that make you feel young again.

There are a ton of restaurants in Pittsburgh that cater to adults, but what about some fun kid-centic options?

Whether you just want a cool place to eat the foods that make you feel like a kid again-- or you want to treat the kids to something you know they’ll love-- try any of the places in the list below and we just know it’ll be a good time regardless.

Pick up a GiftYa electronic gift card to use at any of the fun places below, or choose from many other dining options in Pittsburgh. Know someone who’d appreciate a night off from cooking dinner for the kids? Then treat them to one of the options below, and make their day. They can use it at their convenience, and it can never be lost or stolen. How’s that for easy?

1. Pittsburgh Popcorn Co.

Popcorn is a treat for all ages, and the Pittsburgh Popcorn Co. makes some delicious flavors. Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Popcorn Co.
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Downtown
209 21st St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-281-5200

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Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 10am-4:30pm

Various other locations as well

Pittsburgh Popcorn Co. is your friendly, neighborhood popcorn supplier!

The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company is any popcorn lovers dream come true!...

As soon as you walk in, the aroma of popcorn hits you, and you can hear the soft sound of popcorn popping the in background.

This place is full of all kinds of flavors to try like Wisconsin Cheddar and chocolate caramel, as well as various sizes. We all know we don’t really need a three gallon jug of popcorn, but it’s nice to have the option. They also have more reasonable sizes, as well as cool gift tins with your favorite Pittsburgh sports teams.

...The second you walk in, the FRESH mesmerizing smell of flavored popcorn hits you hard. I almost think they should make it into a perfume because it smelled so good! - Yelp Review

2. Scoops on Beverly

Stop into this ice creamery for plenty of kid-friendly flavors. Image courtesy of Lauren Wells via Lifespace Pittsburgh
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Mt. Lebanon
311 Beverly Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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412-561-1994

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Mon-Sun 11am-9:30pm

Other locations include Scoops in Bellevue, on the Blvd, and in Bloomfield

Who doesn’t scream for ice cream?

I can't say enough positives things about this place!...The ice cream flavors are always amazing and they have a great variety all the time... - Yelp Review

Even in winter weather, Scoops on Beverly is ready to satisfy yours-- or the kids’-- need for ice cream. It’s a cute little shop that offers all kinds of scoop ice cream as well as ice cream cakes. Even if your kid is a picky eater, we know they’ll find an ice cream flavor they love.

When the warmer weather returns to Pittsburgh, be sure to get your ice cream to go and stroll down the lovely business district on Beverly Road.

3. Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

If you’re craving a good spot to have amazing ice cream this is it. Photo by TH Carlisle
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Strip District
2801 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-434-0451

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Mon, Wed-Thurs 11am-7pm
Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
Sun 12pm-8pm

Another fantastic option for ice cream with the kids is Klavon’s in the Strip District.

Great place! Staff was awesome telling us about the history of the building...Those are the people that make Pittsburgh awesome! - Yelp Review

Your kids might not realize it, but this place harkens back to another time. Its stainless steel equipment, marble countertops, and rotating stools all look like they belong in a 1950s movie. That just adds to the appeal!

The ice cream ingredients here are all locally sourced and made by hand. We think the original owners-- who opened Klavon’s in 1923-- would approve!

4. Peace, Love and, Little Donuts

Little donuts for little hands, or big hands! These little sweets pack quite the punch. Image courtesy of Peace, Love and, Little Donuts
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Strip District
2018 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-904-4649

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Mon-Tues 7am-2pm
Wed-Fri 7am-8pm
Sat 8am-8pm
Sun 9am-4pm

Various other locations as well

If you’re looking for food that can easily fit into little hands, then check out one of the many Peace, Love, and, Little Donuts locations throughout Pittsburgh.

...yummy donut shop!...Kids loved watching how they're made and picking out their fav kind. ...We will be back! - Yelp Review

The concept of a small, tennis ball sized donut was a bit of an accident, but we haven’t heard any complaints about this yet. Not your typical donut shop-- they offer all kinds of crazy toppings-- but none of them seem to overpower the original cake donut that started it all.

5. Milkshake Factory

You’ll want to try all the flavors at this tasty spot. Image courtesy of the Milkshake Factory
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Downtown
314 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-315-7115

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Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Various other locations as well

If you and your kids prefer your ice cream whipped as opposed to scooped, check out the Milkshake Factory.

Wow! This was awesome. We stopped here while on a food tour...They gave us a plain old vanilla milkshake and it was to die for. - Yelp Review

While they offer a gourmet selection of milkshakes--salted caramel, fried ice cream, and bananas foster to name a few-- they also have your traditional favorites like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. And if you have someone with you that just wants some ice cream, not to worry-- they have some delectable sundaes too.

6. The Original Hot Dog Shop

A Pittsburgh establishment that’s been feeding the hungry folks of Pittsburgh for almost 60 years. Image courtesy of Yelp
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Oakland
3901 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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412-621-7388

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Sun-Wed 10am-10pm
Thurs-Sat 10am-2pm

Known locally-- and perhaps nationally--  as “The O”, the Original Hot Dog Shop is a staple in the Oakland community.

The O is an institution that should be revered and respected...

It’s been around since 1960, and we’re pretty sure it has the same menu too. A very popular spot amongst local college kids, it also offer something your kids definitely won’t say no to: hot dogs and french fries.

People drive from all over the Pittsburgh area just to get their famous ‘dogs and gravy fries, and after one bite, it’s easy to see why.

...It's been easily 25 years since I set foot in The O and it really hasn't changed all that much cosmetically.  Still the same signs and counters and stacks of potatoes in the corner.  Same great service.  Same great selection. - Yelp Review

7. Waffles INcaffeinated

Waffles are a delicious food you can eat almost any time of day. The toppings that this place has are incredible, so don’t forget to mix and match. Images courtesy of Yelp
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South Side
2517 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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412-301-1763

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Mon-Fri 8am-2pm
Sat-Sun 8am-3pm

An awesome spot to visit in the Southside neighborhood, Waffles INcaffeinated specializes in amazing waffles.

Their waffles are delicious! Even more delicious is the fact that their gluten free waffles are equally as delicious as the regular ones... - Yelp Review

Whether you want them for breakfast, brunch, or a late lunch, they’re ready for you with the syrup.

With selections that range from sweet to savory, there’s options galore on their menu. Plus you can build your own waffle with a selection of amazing toppings.

And if you or the kids have an allergy, not to worry, as special arrangements are not a problem.

8. Five Guys

Kids love hamburgers, and these guys love making them! Their fries are also cut fresh daily so be sure to order some as well.
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Oakland
117 S. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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412-802-7100

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Mon-Sun 11am-10pm

Various other locations as well

Another favorite fun food for kids are burgers and fries.

Its burger is amazing...So tasty and Sooo Huge. They provided diverse topping options... - Yelp Review

That’s exactly all that Five Guys makes, and they’re really good at it. Their burgers come in a variety of sizes as well-- the small ones are idea for little hands-- and there are loads of toppings you can add as well.

What would a good burger place be without milkshakes? Don’t worry, they offer those as well.

9. Katie’s Kandy

This place is where Pittsburghers, regardless of age, shop for their candy! Image courtesy of Katie's Kandy
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Downtown
422 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-227-0999

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Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

Various other locations as well

Walking into one of these stores--regardless of age-- and you’re transformed into a kid in a candy store.

This was the cutest shop!...I was surprised at how affordable all the candy was. The cashier was also super friendly and helpful... - Yelp Review

Katie’s Kandy offers all your favorite candy that you remember as a kid, like Clark Bars, candy cigarettes, and jawbreakers. You can also buy your favorite items in bulk as well, but not that anyone really needs too!

The kids will have a ball as well, picking out all their favorite candy and trying some of the new selections.

Pittsburgh has offers a wide variety of culinary options, including some fun ones for the kids! These places can take you back to being a kid again, and offer some delectable items for you, or the kids to try.

What was your favorite food as a kid? Let us know in the comments!

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