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Lonesome Dove

VIBE: Dark and historic outside and in, this little storefront unfolds into huge private rooms, underground rooms adjacent to an enviable wine cellar, and an outside deck that is relatively unheard of in the Stockyards. Any kid who loves the whole cowboy vibe will be positively at home here.

WHY IT’S TOT-FRIENDLY: Aside from the chef's having kids of his own — so he "gets" it — some menu items at Lonesome Dove work especially well for the younger set: Wild Boar Ribs (kids love ribs — just don’t confuse them with the details) … a ham and cheese with tomato basil soup (though it is high-quality Tasso ham and Muenster — again, don’t scare 'em with details) … great sides like purple mashed potatoes and white truffle mac and cheese. No kid is left behind, even with Lonesome Dove's world-class menu.

BE SURE TO TRY: Give the elk sausage sliders a whirl — yep, you read right. Just try them! The snapper is awesome, and Lonesome Dove is one of the only places I’ve seen that has Copper River salmon, a Washington state staple. You just thought you loved salmon …

GOOD TO KNOW: Chef Tim Love is the real deal, appearing on Food Network's Iron Chef America and beating Morimoto (of Nobu fame) at Chiles! A James Beard nominee doesn’t hurt his street cred either. This menu can be challenging at times, but all good things require a bit of understanding, right?

BEST TIME TO GO WITH KIDS: Beautiful weather means a great “back porch” dinner on the weekends. Lunches are pretty tame — though what kid wouldn’t love eating at an authentic saloon-style bar right out of a western!

Updated on 3/5/13