The nearest restaurant close to our house (fast food does not count) is Lubys cafeteria.
I like Lubys - it has a large open space, walls of windows, very family and baby friendly (the waitresses there love my baby - they exclaim - here comes the good baby! or the smiling baby! etc.) I've never had any trouble nursing there, and its easy to spend a couple of hours there filling out paperwork or just talking. (I wish they had wifi, but they don't. We all need to email them to put wifi in their restaurants.)
We go once or twice a week.
Now how do we do that? Because their entrees are expensive!
Its all about their new salad bar.
My typical salad - a big bowl of mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, grated carrots, eggs, mediterranean olives, broccoli, black beans & corn blend, bacon, and sunflower seeds. With ranch on the side. All this for $2.29.
Or you can get their salad, two sides and a roll meal for $5.59.
And you can substitute a salad for any side, so you can get their daily $5.99 meal with a salad - Kevin often gets the spaghetti deal on Wednesdays - Spaghetti & meatballs, a salad, one side, and a roll.
And right now their kids meal is just $2.99 - including 2 sides, jello, and a drink.
Kids eat free all day Saturday, and $2 kid meals on Wed evenings after 4:30.
So Lubys is a great deal for families right now.