Family-friendly dinner - Harrisburg/Hershey
A group of seven families (13 adults, 7 four-year-olds, 2 two-year-olds, 3 one-year-olds) are going to Hershey this summer. We're staying in Harrisburg. Lunch will be at the park each day, but we'll have three dinners to consider.
Any suggestions for kid-friendly, on-the-quicker-side places that may be able to accommodate such a large group (we're likely fine to split up into separate tables).
Red Robin is the easiest place I can think of for a casual meal for a large group. Yes it is a chain, but I find it to be very successful in handling large groups of kids. It is located in the area of the Outlet Mall very close to the park. They even have a room, and I would think you could call ahead to see if you can reserve that for a set time.
Another great family friendly restaurant is Isaac's Deli. It is a regional chain, and some of them have a separate space for large groups. At this moment, I cannot recall if this is true of the Hershey/Hummelstown location. Again, with such a large group, I think calling ahead is a must if you all hope to sit together.
Fenicci's is another one that I have been to with a large group, and my son's hockey team recently descended upon Piazza Sorrento for an end of season celebration. Here are some links:
Where in Harrisburg are you staying? And where are you coming from?
I don't know Hershey as well, but in Harrisburg, I might suggest Momo's BBQ. As long as you go a little bit earlier, you should not have a problem having kids there. Their booths are very deep and they have high chairs and the quality of food is very good. My 2 year old loves the applesauce and beans there and we think it's the best bbq around.
Pita Pit on 2nd street is counter service/take out, but good for quick, cheap food that is relatively healthy.
Most of the better food places that I'd recommend in the area are in small spaces where I think your group wouldn't feel as comfortable.