This Saturday just passed my family and I decided to head to Jack Astor’s for a family dinner. We haven’t actually attempted dining out with Keira since was a couple months old and spent the entire trip sleeping. I wasn’t sure what to expect from her now that she mobile, squirmy and very curious.
So feeling a little nervous and unsure how welcome Keira would be we headed off to Jack Astor’s after first checking out the locations as well as the menu for the Jack Astor’s at Sherway Gardens in Toronto. (Also note that by signing up to be a V.V.V.I.P. I was sent a $10 off coupon to print which is pretty awesome!)
Prior to even getting inside the restaurant I saw two other families with car seats in tow heading towards Jack Astor’s from the parking lot. This felt reassuring to see other parents with not only kids but babies too.
Our hostess got us immediately seated and before I could even get Keira out of her coat she had brought over a highchair. Obviously my anxiety was over nothing because looking around I saw three other babies similar in age to her.
I was further relieved when we were served quickly and efficiently. No matter how good your children are behaving it can only last so long. Kind of like a ticking time-bomb, and I know you know what I mean about that. Essentially the quicker you can get in, eat and get out the less likely you are to encounter a tantrum.
Luckily no tantrums occured and all the children and babies around us were really well behaved and happy.
We ordered Thai Chicken & Vegetable Summer Rolls for an appetizer and boy were they delicious. I’ll admit they are one of my go-to apps, the other being Jack’s Cheese Garlic Pan Bread. So good! They were done pretty quickly.
For dinner we both ordered Asian inspired food. I was a little nervous about my Husband’s reaction to the food. He can be pickier than a 4 year old and I never know how a meal is going to go over. I have a feeling that feeding little Keira is never going to feel like a trial when compared to trying to feed him!
I shouldn’t have worried though, aside from the snow peas on his plate he inhaled the dish. High praise indeed coming from him.
As we were leaving I noticed the waiting area was getting full looking and that a server was handing out pizza to those waiting. I was so impressed with that, there have been many times I’ve spent in restaurants waiting and starving. What a great idea!
I think now that we have gotten through our first family dinner there will be many more to come! I am so pleased with how family friendly the atmosphere at Jack Astor’s was without making us feel like we were actually at a children’s restaurant.
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Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!
Wednesday 3rd of September 2014
It sounds like you had a fun night out for dinner,the dish looks delish !
Tuesday 4th of March 2014
I had to take my computer into London and it was going to be a little while till we were going to get it back, and there was a Jack Astors right there so my hubby decided we should go in have a bite to eat and wait for our computer, I on the other hand was like we are not dressed up or ready to go out and eat with the way it looks on the outside a fancy rest.. Well we went in and I was amazed the service was great and so was the food, and there was tons of kids in fact there was a birthday party going on for a seven year old. So I now know when we go back to London that is probably where we are going
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Saturday 16th of March 2013
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Friday 1st of March 2013
Jack Astors isn't my go-to place for casual dining, but I never have a bad experience when I do go there.
Thursday 28th of February 2013
Dont believe there are any Jack Astors in my neck of the woods but Im impressed with what you reported. I have never seen a restaurant serve appys to waiting guests!