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Kid Friendly Restaurant near Providence Zoo?

Help! 6 kids, 3 parents and surefire chaos. Where can we eat? Is there a chinese buffet or somewhere kid-friendly and easy on us but not fast food??? Unfamiliar with Rhode Isalnd.

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  1. If you get onto Park Ave, it will bring you to Reservoir Avenue in Cranston where there are a few choices. Chelo's is an affordable family restaurant (about ten minutes from the zoo), and right before that there's a Friendly's on the same side of the street. If you pass Chelo's there's Garden City Center on your left with Newport Creamery and Applebee's. Again,. all these restaurants are about ten-fifteen minutes from where you will be - and all very affordable and kid friendly.

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    Chelo's Restaurant
    45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

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    1. re: OOliver

      Second Chelo's. I loved going to Chelo's (AKA the Beef Hearth) as a kid. Great desserts! The steak sandwich is a real taste of RI.

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      Chelo's Restaurant
      45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

      1. re: Bob W

        I third Chelo's. My kids love it and it's a real Rhode Island institution.

        If you had your heart set on Chinese though, on the same street but before Chelo's, is Galaxy, which is laid-back Asian. (I believe Chinese, Thai, Cambodian, and maybe Vietnamese?) I've had some pretty decent meals there, and it's definitely kid-friendly.

        You want to take Park Ave heading West (there's an exit onto Park Ave from Roger Williams Park , which is where the zoo is located). If you take the "Main Exit", it will put you on Elmwood Ave, which you would just take South (it's a left out of the park) until you hit Park Ave, and make a right on Park. You'll take Park Ave heading West, until you hit Reservoir Ave, (there will be a Burger King on your left), and make a left. Galaxy and Chelo's will both be on your right. Galaxy is before the McDonalds, Chelo's is after.

        Good luck!

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        Chelo's Restaurant
        45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

        1. re: dagwood

          Which Chelo's Location is it--East Providence?

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          Chelo's Restaurant
          45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

          1. re: cheereeo

            Cranston

            1. re: dagwood

              We hadn't seen this reply before we left for our trip to the zoo unfortunately. We had asked at the zoo, but no one seemed to have ever heard of Chelo's (odd?), so we used our GPS. Since we were headed back to CT (south), the GPS took us to a destination in Warwick that brought us to a Horton's (so clearly it must have closed--my husband needs to update his GPS). So we tried again and it brought us to another Chelo's 2 miles away in Warwick below the airport. It was a perfect kid-friendly place. Reminded me of former Knickerbockers in Milford, CT. I had a lobster club that was quite good and delicious keylime pie for dessert---yummy. My husband enjoyed his burger, and the fussy kids had hot dog and mac n cheese, so they were thrilled. Thanks.

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              Chelo's Restaurant
              63 Airport Rd, Warwick, RI 02889

              1. re: cheereeo

                Glad you found a Chelo's and enjoyed it!

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                Chelo's Restaurant
                45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

                1. re: Bob W

                  Glad you enjoyed it as well! I can't believe they never heard of Chelo's. It's a Rhode Island institution!

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                  Chelo's Restaurant
                  45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

    2. Chinese Buffets within 10 minutes or less of the Zoo. Also listed in the order of quality IMHO
      Hong Kong Chinese Buffet - www.hongkongbuffetri.com
      1776 Cranston Street, Cranston - (401) 942-8888

      Tong Chinese Restaurant Buffet - maps.google.com
      400 Warwick Avenue, Warwick - (401) 941-3880

      Royal Buffet
      272 Garfield Avenue, Cranston - (401) 946-1986

      Far East Super Buffet 1404 Elmwood Ave Cranston, RI (401) 781-9810 about 2 minutes South of the Zoo

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      Far East Cafe
      40 Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801

      Tong Chinese Restaurant Buffet
      400 Warwick Ave, Warwick, RI 02888

      Chinese Buffet
      1240 S Broad St, Wallingford, CT 06492

      Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant
      1816 E Main St Fl 1, Waterbury, CT 06705

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      1. re: FjmArch

        We love Min Hah on Park Avenue. Vietnamese food, kid friendly.

      2. The Liberty Elm diner is right near Roger Williams Zoo. It's definitely informal enough for kids, and everything's homemade. Nothing else is really close by (although PVD's beloved Apsara is only a mile-ish away).

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        Liberty Elm
        , Providence, RI 02903

        Apsara Restaurant
        716 Public St, Providence, RI 02907