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looking for family dining near American Airline Center & Hyatt Regency

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We are meeting up with my brother and his family for a family reunion dinner before a business conference at the American Airline Center & Hyatt Regency in September. There will be 7 adults and three children (ages 6-13) and we need a reasonably priced restaurant that the children will enjoy, as well as an ambiance that allows a couple of hours of conversation so, not too noisy. Can someone recommend a place close to the conference center that can accommodate us on a Thursday night from 5-7pm? We are barbecue fans, of course! But open to all suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. Sonny Bryan's West End location would work for you. http://www.sonnybryans.com/
    Their BBQ is always good, and it is not expensive. They are open until 9 on Thursdays.

    Another thought is the original Spaghetti Warehouse location, also in the West End. I used to LOVE going there as a kid! The restaurant is full of neat things, including an actual streetcar! It is also very resaonably-priced. http://www.meatballs.com/ They are open until 10 on Thursdays.

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    1. re: ChristieP

      Kids might like House of Blues or Hard Rock. The latter isn't especially noisy, and neither are keen on cuisine as you might already be aware.

      I might try Naga Thai - very reasonable. Or Neo Pizza for good sandwiches, salads, pastas and of course a wide variety of pizzas.

      What can be very entertaining is to catch the light rail across the street from the Hyatt and head to the Dallas Museum. From there (after a visit to the museum of course) you can hop the free trolley up and down McKinney Avenue (considered Uptown) where your spectrum opens wide. The whole adventure might take 20 minute depending on the destination. In a cab McKinney Avenue is maybe 5 minutes away. Link provided below.

      A restaurant you can visit off McKinney that is inexpensive but with a wide variety is State and Allen. The menu is huge and I never had a bad meal there. Probably considered bistro fare with pastas, sandwiches, pizzas etc. You will see an amazing assortment of pups on the patio since they are dog friendly. The neighborhood is rich in dog watching (no joke). Chef driven with affordable prices. The website looks fancier than it actually is.

      Dream Cafe is extremely kid friendly and close to the trolley or a 5 minute cab ride from the Hyatt. Varied menu, nice place for families but not sticky or dumbed down too much. Simple but good food.

      http://www.stateandallen.com/
      http://www.thedeamcafe.com
      http://www.nagathai.com/
      http://www.neopizzeria.com/
      http://www.mata.org/

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      Hard Rock Cafe
      2211 N Houston St, Dallas, TX 75219

      Neo Pizza
      2340 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75202