When parents eat out, they look at more than just star ratings. Also importance are costs, a good children’s menu, and an atmosphere friendly to kids of all ages.
Tate’s Place, located at 3051 Willowcreek Road in Portage, should satisfy everybody in the family. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
This restaurant isn’t the Pump Room. But it’s not McDonald’s, either. The food is good, the service fast and attentive, and the prices more than reasonable.
Tate’s offers nightly dinner specials, but Tate’s is at its best when you feel like breakfast. The breakfast selection is broad, with a variety of omelets and combinations of eggs, meat, potatoes, and sweet breads. Here are a few reasons to top at Tate’s for your next family breakfast:
- Reasonable prices. You can buy a three-egg omelet with a side dish and a variety of toppings for prices ranging from $5.59 to the meat lovers at $7.99. But the real bargains for families with children can be found in the breakfast combos. Buying for a child who will fill up on two eggs and toast? It will cost you $2.99.
- Variety. Tate’s has it all. Eggs, many types of pancakes and waffles, and a generous selection of a la carte main dishes and sides. Tate’s also offers something you don’t find very often — a children’s breakfast menu. Check out the specials — I recommend the bacon quiche. But most diners will find something tasty on the first page of the menu.
- More variety. The lunch menu boasts dozens of varieties of sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads, and the traditional burgers and dogs.
- Delicious desserts. Kids will love what they see on the counter — trays of large, homemade cinnamon rolls, muffins, and cakes. My children particularly enjoy the chocolate-chip muffins and the peanut butter cake.
The Valparaiso Working Dads Examiner is just what he appears to be — a dad working to find time with his kids when he’s not working on something else. I don’t have the time, money, or patience to bring my children to a fancy restaurant every time I want to eat out. I suspect most of you don’t either.
Tate’s is only minutes from Chesterton, Valparaiso, Lake Station, and Hobart. A family of four with $35 to spend can get in and out of Tate’s in less than an hour, leave full of good food, and bring desserts home for an afternoon snack. On a budget? Forego the desserts. If you select your entrees carefully, you can do this for $20. Not much more than fast food, but a whole lot better.
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