After 15 years, I’ve finally come around to the side of Chick-fil-A.
Why did it take me so long? For the first 5 years I knew anything about Chick-fil-A it was simply another fast food chain inside Richardson Square Mall. In high school, I had a few friends who worked there, so it became my go-to dinner spot when I also began working in the mall. But after eating Chicken Sandwiches 1-2 times a week, I gave up on Chick-fil-A. With the exception of a visit here or there, I really haven’t eaten there much in the last 10 years. . . until now.
Since the Little Man was born, I’ve only taken him to Chick-fil-A once about 2 months ago. He’d just started standing on his own and was barely toddling. He seemed to really enjoy standing near the playground, but it was more work on me to make sure he wasn’t getting toppled by the older kids. Well, last night was a whole different experience.
Being a solo parent this week, I’m trying to come up with fun and unique ways to
make the day go by faster entertain the Little Man, so I thought I’d give it another try. We headed out at 6:45pm for dinner. I’d hoped going later to avoid all the kids would work, and it did! When we arrived, there was only 1 other family eating outside, and they quickly finished up so we had the whole place to ourselves.
But let me start back at the beginning! When I arrived, as always, the employees were super friendly. I’d decided to take a chance and order my first kid’s meal. I was hungry and knew I’d probably eat my whole sandwich, so I figure it was worth the $3 for him to have his own. Plus he’d get his own drink and (if rumors are true) a dessert at the end. I ordered him a 4 piece grilled chicken nugget meal (It’s new!) with a side of fruit and an apple juice.
Again, the sweet employee saw I had my hands full and offered to bring my meal out to meal, and did so very quickly. I was so impressed when his meal arrived and it came with a disposable place mat! It made eating outside so much easier since I didn’t have to worry about what was on the tables (not that they were dirty!). The Little Man gobbled up about half his meal and his entire box of apple juice, so I let him go play.
I loved that everything was kid safe, and I didn’t have to worry about him while I finished up my meal; even the asphalt was spongy, soft, and clean.
We stayed and played for almost 30 minutes before I decided it was time to go. On my way out I grabbed a refill and sure enough, the rumors about trading in his toy were true! Chick-fil-A gives parents the option of trading in their kid’s meal toy for a board book or a child’s size ice cream. I wasn’t prepared for the board book option, so I asked to trade in my toy for an ice cream. I decided we could head back to the playground one more time and eat our ice cream before heading out.
I’d never understood why so many moms always hung out at Chick-fil-A, but as I said, I get it now. I’m sure many moms will find this post “old news,” but if you’re a new mom without a lot of connections (like me) I hope you’ll find this post helpful! I definitely be a return customer for life!
On a side note: Did you know the Chick-fil-A at Collin Creek Mall offers Tiny Tot Time? Every Thursday from 10-10:30am on April 12th and 26th, there’s stories, dancing, singing, crafts, and snacks! Also, look for Tiny Tot Time at Camp Wisdom & 360 in Grand Prairie.
Are there other great family friendly restaurants I should know about?
Where’s your favorite fast food playground?
*This post is not sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own and weren’t paid for. Although they should be!