When Amy Langrehr was looking to create a list of favorite dishes for littles in Baltimore City, she went straight to the source: local parents (and caretakers).

Amy, also known as Charm City Cook, has created a newsletter to share local restaurant news with the greater Baltimore community. It’s her way of supporting an industry that has been, quite frankly, decimated by the pandemic. Her weekly newsletter is free and quite honestly, it’s the BEST way to know where and what to eat! You definitely want to subscribe here.

In a recent newsletter edition, Amy asked parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and caregivers to recommend restaurants and dishes in Baltimore City that kids love. Here are five that stood out to us…

5 “Must Order” Kids Meals in Baltimore

Malai Kabob from Namaste Baltimore
Roland Park | Indian/Nepali Cuisine

The kids meals from Namaste seem to be a big hit with pint-sized foodies! Try the Malai Kabob (chicken breast marinated with sour cream, cream cheese and spices). As one parent wrote on Amy’s list, the dish “is more than just basic chicken yet not too different or spicy.” Another option that’s a fan fave with littles? Naan with a variety of dipping sauces. The restaurant offers a 10% discount if you order online and pick-up.

Best Fried Chicken in Baltimore - (cool) progeny

Fried Chicken from Silver Queen Cafe. Photo by Laura Black.

Kids Fried Chicken Meal from Sliver Queen Cafe
Hamilton | Maryland-Influenced Cuisine

If you’re looking for fried chicken, Silver Queen should be one of the top destinations on your restaurant list! And if your kiddo loves fried chicken, they have a great kids’ meal option too! Fried boneless chicken, veggies, choice of mashed potatoes or fries. You can’t go wrong with either potato option. “My daughter thinks they’re the best in the city,” wrote one parent; another said “My daughter loves the garlic fries!” Note that the kids’ dinner menu is available Wednesday-Saturday.

Margherita Pizza from Verde
Patterson Park | Pizza

Not technically a kids’ meal, but you really can’t go wrong with the Margherita Pizza from Verde! Made with homemade mozzarella, you’ll most likely be sneaking bites off your kids’ plate… don’t worry, we won’t tell them if you don’t! Right now, the restaurant is offering 25% off pizzas on Mondays if you dine-in or order online through their website.

Vegan Kolokythokeftedes from Souvlaki
Hampden | Greek Cuisine

If you’re looking to get (sneak?) more veggies into your kiddo’s diet, order the Vegan Kolokythokeftedes — also known as Zucchini Balls — from Souvlaki. Again, it’s not necessarily a kids’ meal, but it’s perfect for young foodies. “My girls are fans! They would eat the tzatziki sauce straight if I let them,” wrote a parent. Choose from tzatziki sauce, hummus, spicy feta cheese, or roasted eggplant as a sauce. The dish comes with your choice of side. The cucumber and tomato salad might be a fab option!

Avocado Rolls from Chiyo Sushi
Mt. Washington | Japanese Cuisine

Sushi was mentioned a lot during Amy’s kid food poll — and Chiyo came up more than a few times. One thing we didn’t know about? Chiyo will wrap avocado rolls in soy paper for kiddos, which might be a game changer for pint-sized foodies (it’s easier to bite through!). Veggie tempura and Yakitori are also great, kid-friendly choices!

Want to see all of the dishes on the list? Check out the full article here. And don’t forget to subscribe to Charm City Cook’s newsletter! You can also follow Amy on Instagram.


Cover photo of pizzas from Verde by Wendy Hickok for (cool) progeny