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Vibe: White tablecloths, dark woods and low lighting make this place an intimate destination with a decidedly Texas feel made obvious by branded tables and leather throughout.

Why it's tot-friendly: While offered as appetizers, Elk Mini Tacos and Crispy Diamond H Quail Legs are suitable fare for the discriminating minor, and I have yet to see a kid eat those quail legs and not crack themselves up at the diminutive drumsticks. Assorted homemade ice creams and a Triple XXX Root Beer float will put a smile on anyone’s face.

Be sure to try: Chef Jon Bonnell excels at game, so go with a Mixed Grill sampler of Elk Tenderloin, Buffalo Tenderloin, Quail or Lamb Loin, served with grilled cactus and the infamous green chile cheese grits. Your inner caveman will be very, very happy.

Good to know: If you dine at this repeat winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, rest assured that while the kids drink their sodas and juices, you can enjoy an “adult beverage” that is perfectly suited to your table fare. Chef Bonnell is an award-winning James Beard alum as well, having been honored as a “rising star” in American cuisine in 2004.

Best time to go with kids: Any time is the right time at Bonnell's. The lunch crowd and dinner crowd are indistinguishable. Bring the kids with open minds and empty stomachs.