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A June trip is planned for the 2nd week and grandchildren are the focus. Where can we take the four of them for a casual dinner out. They range in age from 13 to 5. Ruby Tuesday did the job on our last trip out but I would like to expand their horizon a little but not drastically. Cost range should be moderate to say the least. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Shakespeare's pizza is really good - 2 locations, one on 9th st. downtown and one out west off Broadway. Also, D.Rowe's for sportsbar type food, usually kids there, http://www.drowesrestaurant.com/
    Or El Maguey for mild mexican, or G & D Pizza for casual sandwiches, pizza.

    1. I ditto the Shakespeare's suggestion. Kids love it, plus they can ask for a ball of dough to play with, which they seem to really enjoy. I'd also recommend Arris Pizza, in the Kohls shopping center, which has a good non-pizza menu as well as great thin-crust pizza. It's still casual, but a little quieter than Shakespeare's.

      For Mexican food, I would say Tequila over El Maguey. If you're interested in Chinese food, at all, I would recommend House of Chow or Mandarin House, although I'm not sure if they have kids menus.

      G and D Pizza and Steakhouse (in the Crossroads shopping center) is also very kid friendly and casual. The steaks are pretty good.

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      1. re: rweater

        Any decent bbq to be had in Columbia?

        1. re: swissfoodie

          I think Buckingham's is very good. In a new building south of town.

          1. re: steveb

            Any place near U of Mizzou to buy quality spice and bbq rubs?

            1. re: swissfoodie

              Every place in Columbia is near the U of Mizzou. Try Hoss's, south of town.

          2. re: swissfoodie

            Can't stand BBQ, so I can't tell you which is better. In addition to Buckingham's, off of Nifong, there is a place called Smokin' Chicks on Ninth Street, across from the Blue Note.