Fun restaurant for kids in CT
I'm looking for the kind of restaurant that a little kid just can't stop talking about--the food should be good, the atmosphere fun, and have some special quality. It should not be a chain.
My kids were each bowled over by their first visit to an hibachi-style Japanese restaurant. (There are many in CT.) They loved all the corny theatrics (the chefs usually play up to the kids), and even sharing a large hibachi table with strangers was somehow intriguing to them. And the food is usually pretty fresh and decent, if predictable. This is a good way to feed a birthday group, too. The kids can take a whole table and get silly and a little loud without bothering anyone. (The fan drowns them out!) Of course if the child in question has already been to this type of place, it won't have the same charm.
There is Trackside Pizza in Wallingford. It's a little brickoven pizza/calzone/mainstream italian place that makes darn good pizzas. The thing is, the restaurant is a reconditioned trolley car, complete with advertising, seats etc!! It's also, as the name suggests, right alongside railroad tracks and you will see one or more Antrak trains go by during your meal if you are lucky. The owners know the schedule, so you may want to call ahead.
It's reasonably priced and kids love it!
There is a great pizza place in Old Lyme that was my friend's favorite place to eat growing up because they have trains everywhere, and a really cool train set with funny, wacky scenery. I can't remember what it's called, but it's right by an old train station. The pizza's good, too.