Locally-Owned Restaurants in Tyler: Healthier Kids’ Meals Options


At Hospitality Health Emergency Room (HHER), we like to find ways to help our community beyond their needs for urgent care and emergency services. We want to help families be happy and healthy, which starts with encouraging positive lifestyle habits. When it comes to good nutrition, we know it’s difficult to cook a healthy, home-cooked meal every night, but parents can still encourage the habits of healthy eating wherever they go. For those ready to take a break from cooking, prepping, and cleaning up, you’ll be happy to know there are several restaurants in Tyler, TX that offer inexpensive kids’ meals with healthy alternatives throughout the week.

Your only responsibility is getting your kids to eat the healthier optionwhich is a piece of cake, right? (No pun intended).

Our ER location in Tyler allows us to sample some of the locally-owned restaurants that have yet to disappoint. Here are some of our favorites that we know offer at least one healthy kids’ meal option for under $5.00.

Healthy, Delicious Kids’ Meal by Locally-Owned Restaurants in Tyler, Texas

Stanley’s Pit BBQ. If you’re looking for a great BBQ restaurant in Tyler with some healthy options for kids, Stanley’s Pit BBQ is a winner. Your family can enjoy daily smoked bbq in a modern industrial setting. Healthy eating may be a hard sell when your kids see the mac and cheese or brisket on the kid’s menu, but guide them to the healthier selections like a veggie taco, the Cluckn’ Taco minus the mayo, or the kid’s turkey breast sandwich with a side of beans or coleslaw. For just a couple of bucks, you can feed your kids healthy, tasty food that they’ll enjoy.

Roast Social Kitchen. If you want to aim for something healthier than bbq, the owners of Stanley’s Pit offer Tyler residents some good eats at Roast Social Kitchen in midtown. Their motto, “Thoughtfully Prepared. Joyfully Shared.” reflects the idea of a community-style restaurant serving primarily brick oven pizzas that are made fresh daily from whole ingredients: nothing frozen and nothing canned. For those who are sensitive to gluten, they offer 95% of their menu gluten-free. For about $3.00, you can order your kids a veggie-hummus plate or a PBJ sandwich with a side of fruits and veggies.

Three Z Azian Cuisine. Three Z Asian is a local staple and a sign of the growing food scene in Tyler.  It features a range of Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai menu items. All of their dishes are made-to-order from scratch with top-notch ingredients. For $5.00, your kids can order up chicken or tofu with either the honey seared sauce or red sauce with brown rice. 

For Just  Few Bucks More:

Juls. If you don’t mind spending a tad bit more, try Juls for a wide selection of modern comfort foods.This is one of restaurants in Tyler you and your family must experience. American to Asian-inspired, Juls has a variety of sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and healthy bowls to feed the hungryand the healthy. For kids, try the grilled organic salmon and asparagus kids meal served with jasmine rice. For an extra hit of nutrition, order one of Juls’ freshly made vegetable-fruit blend juices or delicious smoothies like the Peachy Keen! And for some healthy produce to take home, visit Juls any Saturday to shop at their weekly farmer’s market right in their parking lot.