Kid Friendly Meals

If you have children, you know how it goes. Everyone is out enjoying a perfect Sun Valley day, hiking the trails, ice skating, or biking, when suddenly, the children are hungry. Before they go from hungry to hangry, check out the following list of Sun Valley’s most kid-friendly dining options. After a delicious meal and maybe even a treat, they will be smiling again and ready for what comes next!

At the Sun Valley Lodge’s flagship restaurant, breakfast is not simply something to gobble up before running out to start your busy day; it is something to be appreciated. This is because Chef Derek Gallegos sources only the finest, most seasonal ingredients in all of his offerings. At breakfast this means bacon from local farms, homemade sausage, and scratch-made English muffins. While the service is efficient and you will get going with your day in a timely manner, you may want to linger just a little over the delicious meal. Children will enjoy simple eggs and bacon, bagels, cinnamon bread pudding French toast, buttermilk pancakes, and my twelve-year-old’s absolute favorite, biscuits and gravy.

The Austrian-inspired Konditorei is a great choice for a family-friendly breakfast or lunch with many options for children

The charming Konditorei in the Sun Valley Village stays true to its Austrian roots while catering to all tastes.  Pop in for a huge selection of freshly baked pastries and a delicious hot chocolate, coffee or tea (the ‘Sun Valley’ coffee is my absolute favorite). You can enjoy your take-away breakfast by the fire, at a table outdoors, or at a cheery communal table. Full breakfast service is also available at the Konditorei daily, starting at 7 a.m. Kids choices include fruit and yogurt, a ‘Konditorei breakfast’ with one egg, Austrian hash browns, toast, and bacon, chocolate chip/banana pancakes, and a Nutella and fresh strawberry crepe. Both kids and their parents love the Konditorei!  Please call 208-622-2235 with any questions.

For lunch or dinner with a view, head over to Gretchen’s and grab a table on the patio. Overlooking the iconic outdoor skating rink, the terrace offers a perfect view of all the on-ice action. Whether it’s headliners and members of the Sun Valley On Ice cast rehearsing for the weekend performance, young skaters practicing for an upcoming competition, or novices just enjoying a glide around the ice, it makes for great people watching and keeps children entertained. The food is just as agreeable. A special children’s menu for lunch and dinner is sure to appeal to even the most picky palate with offerings like mac ‘n’ cheese topped with broccoli trees, a fruit and yogurt ‘fundue’, crispy chicken fingers, a cheeseburger, and a grilled cheese sandwich.

At Gretchen’s, it’s lunch with a view! Enjoy the ever-changing tableau of figure skaters while enjoying delicious fare for the whole family

Lunch at the Konditorei offers a little something for everyone, including the littlest guests.  A special menu is presented on a fun coloring and activity page that will get them as excited about Sun Valley as about their lunch! Dine in the dining room that is reminiscent of a lovely restaurant in Austria, or outside on the patio among the flowers. For lunch, children may choose from Nutella and fruit, spatzle mac ‘n’ cheese, (an Austrian twist on the favorite), an alpine grilled cheese, or schnitzel strips – crispy pork fingers with honey mustard sauce, fries or fresh fruit.

Poolside Café
Kids and water go together like cheese and pepperoni on pizza and sometimes the only way to get them out of the water is to tempt them with just that. Luckily, the Poolside Café, located adjacent to the iconic outdoor pool at the Sun Valley Lodge, has a menu kids will come in for. The Junior Lifeguard Menu includes a fruit and yogurt ‘fundue’ with apples, grapes, strawberries and citrus with a honey-vanilla yogurt dipping cup, a junior foodie snack plate with grilled chicken bites, ants-on-a-log peanut butter dip, rice crackers, celery and carrot clubs, and a dill pickle. Other options are pizza, crispy chicken fingers, and a cheddar cheese quesadilla.  The Poolside Café is open to the public and hotel guests daily from noon to 6 p.m.

The Poolside Café is a great spot for lunch with children thanks to their “Junior Lifeguard” menu

Short Line Deli
The Short Line Deli at the Sun Valley Village is the place to go to grab a delicious made-to-order sandwich, some chips, and a drink before heading over to the Inn Swan Pond or further afield for a picnic lunch. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Short Line Deli can meet all of your on-the-go needs.

Sun Valley Clubhouse
A beautiful place to enjoy a delicious lunch with the family is the Sun Valley Club, located east of the Sun Valley Lodge. The Clubhouse, which also serves as golf HQ, has both a bright and cheery indoor dining room and numerous tables on the patio. Menu items like chicken quesadillas, a grilled organic chicken breast, Kobe beef sliders, mac ‘n’ cheese, and grilled cheese are sure to tempt your children’s palates. All come with a choice of homemade French Fries or potato chips, fresh fruit, and a drink, all for $10. Please call 208-622-6919 for more information. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Lunch at the Sun Valley Clubhouse will appeal to the whole family. Parents will appreciate the main menu’s many options and many kids choices. The view is pretty great, too

For lunch at the historic Roundhouse on Bald Mountain, getting there really is half the fun. The iconic eatery, perched about two-thirds of the way up Baldy’s slopes, is accessible either by foot or by a ride on the gondola. If you plan to hike up, remember that this is a real uphill hike with significant elevation gain. Wear proper shoes, a hat, and layered clothes, and bring plenty of water. (Downhill service is available on the gondola if you hike up). If you choose to ride the gondola (a great choice for families with even the smallest children), you will board the car at the base of River Run and disembark at the steps leading to Roundhouse. A lift pass is required. Once you’ve arrived at the rustic restaurant with killer views, your children may order healthy options including a turkey club, gourmet grilled cheese, grilled salmon, a cheeseburger, or baked chicken tenderloins. For more information about this uniquely Sun Valley experience, please call 208-622-2101.

Bald Mountain Pizza and Pasta
There is no more family-friendly eatery in Sun Valley than the popular Bald Mountain Pizza and Pasta. Located conveniently in the Sun Valley Village, the restaurant is a favorite for tasty, affordable fare the whole group will enjoy. For the little ones, there is a “Bambino Menu.” This includes appetizers, entrees, and beverages. To start, children can choose from a cheese stick or kids wings. Entrees include favorites like spaghetti and meatball, chicken Alfredo, cheese pizza, and pepperoni pizza. Regular menu items like mozzarella sticks and spinach artichoke dip are also family favorites. To make a reservation or for more information, please call 208-622-2143. The restaurant is open daily from 5–10 p.m.

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 Summer isn’t summer without ice cream and the best spot for a cool treat in Sun Valley is the whimsical a la mode (Photo: Jon Mancuso)

Snacks and Treats:
Bowling Alley
You wouldn’t always think of delicious food when you think of a Bowling Alley, but at Sun Valley’s retro facility, the food is as much fun as the games and activities. In between sets, or even if you aren’t playing, enjoy great snacks at the lower level of the Lodge. Choices include chips and salsa, blue corn nachos, Idaho potato skins, and especially for children, crispy chicken tenders, Nathan’s famous all beef hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese, a grilled cheese sandwich, mac tots (crispy tater tots topped with mac ‘n’ cheese sauce – a favorite), and quesadillas. The Bowling Alley is open from 3 – 10 p.m. daily and you can call 208-622-2191 for more information. 

A la mode
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Nothing says summer like a cold ice cream cone or sundae and there is no better place to get a special treat than at a la mode in the Sun Valley Village. This whimsical sundae and milkshake shop delights the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Open daily from 5 – 10 p.m., the shop features traditional Idaho flavors like huckleberry and favorites like rocky road, and chocolate chip. A long list of toppings is sure to keep everyone happy. Take your cone or cup to the swan pond at the Inn and enjoy summer the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed.

Step back in time to an old fashioned sweet shop. The Chocolate Foundry in the Sun Valley Village is a great spot for a great treat

Chocolate Foundry
The charms of an old-fashioned sweet shop are too numerous to name, but all can be found at the Chocolate Foundry in the Sun Valley Village.  From very special chocolate Sun Valley suns (in white, milk, and dark chocolate), to gummy treat favorites, and chocolate covered Oreos, this darling store will take parents back in time and provide an authentic experience to the entire family. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun Valley is known for its fantastic food and for thinking kids are pretty great. This combination is evident at all the Resort’s unique eateries where the chefs want to keep all guests happy and satisfied, no matter their age!

Bon appétit!

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