Exploring Kid-Friendly Ethnic Cuisine in the Triangle

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Families looking to explore different types of ethnic cuisine the kids will also enjoy often get stumped on where to start. The National Restaurant Association’s “Global Palates: Ethnic Cuisines and Flavors in America” 2015 study found that beyond Chinese, Mexican and Italian, the five cuisines most commonly eaten at restaurants include sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, Brazilian/Argentinian and Greek. Why not make these five your starting point for expanding your family’s menu horizons?

To help you do that — and to make sure your kids can get in on the adventure — here are kid-friendly entrees for each type of cuisine. The youngest members of your party may not love everything, but at least they will have tried something new.

Below these entree suggestions, you'll find an extensive list of Triangle restaurants offering these dishes.

Sushi. California rolls and any of the tempura rolls provide kid-friendly options as they work their way to more unique raw fish varieties.

Thai. Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish, is a good option for the younger set. But keep in mind that Thai food can be spicy, so make sure the amount of spices used is suitable for a child.

Vietnamese. Egg noodles, fried rice or pho — a noodle soup that usually includes beef or chicken — are good choices for introducing kids to Vietnamese cuisine.

Brazilian/Argentinian. Rice, beans, meat and fruit are staples of Brazilian cuisine so kids are sure to find something they’ll like. Empanadas, for example, are fried turnovers that come with a variety of fillings. Beef, chicken, cheese and potatoes are among the most common.

Greek. Greek cuisine offers your kids an opportunity to try lamb, especially if it’s paired with pasta. More adventurous youngsters may like moussaka, a Greek staple that most often includes layers of eggplant with beef or lamb in a tomato sauce, cheese and a white sauce.

There’s no guarantee that ethnic restaurants will offer these dishes, but they’re a good place to start broadening your family’s ethnic cuisine repertoire. Here are some around the Triangle your family can try.


Ethnic Restaurants in the Triangle

Sushi

Raleigh

Sushi OneSushi o Bistro & Sushi BarWaraji Japanese RestaurantSonoMuraSushi TsuneKai Sushi & Sake BarSushi Blues CaféThe Cowfish Sushi Burger BarHako SushiGenjiCarolina Sushi & RollSushi-Thai RestaurantHibachi 88Sushi LULUSpring Rolls Parkside

Cary

Sushi-ThaiAn, Yba Enterprise Little Tokyo (no website): 919-467-5011, Yoho Asian Bistro (no website): 919-859-8081, Wasabi Sushi & Thai RestaurantGenki Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Wake Forest

Asian Bistro

Apex

Sushi Iwa

Durham

Vine Sushi & ThaiMount FujiShiki SushiAi FujiSushi LoveM SushiGenji

Chapel Hill

GenjiSpicy 9 Sushi Bar & Asian RestaurantKurama Sushi & Noodle Express

Carrboro

Sushi Nikko (no website): 919-240-5046


Thai

Raleigh

Sawasdee (Glenwood Avenue), Sawasdee (Capital Boulevard), Thaiphoon BistroLemongrass Thai Restaurant, Thai House Cuisine (no website): 919-878-3379, Thai VillaSushi-Thai RestaurantShabaShabuNi Asian KitchenBangkok Thai RestaurantChampa Thai & Sushi Restaurant

Chapel Hill

Sawasdee ThaiBangkok 54Thai Palace Restaurant

Cary

Tom Yum Thai, Yum Yum Thai Cuisine (no website): 919-677-1166; Sushi-Thai CaryThai Spices & SushiWasabi Sushi & Thai Restaurant Cary

Durham

Pad Thai RestaurantThai CaféThai Lanna RestaurantTwisted NoodlesVine Sushi & Thai

Wake Forest

Thai Café

Morrisville

Thai's Noodle

Holly Springs

Thai Thai Cuisine


Vietnamese

Raleigh

Dalat Oriental Restaurant, Pho Vietnam (no website): 919-655-5665, Pho Super 9, Mo-Te Restaurant (no website): 919-872-3561, Pho and Crawfish 79 (no website): 919-878-7898

Pho and Japanese Steak House (no website): 919-872-2030

Durham

Pho 9N9 Vietnamese Restaurant, Banh’s Cuisine (no website): 919-286-5073, Saigon Grill (no website): 919-399-9800, Bowl of Pho

Morrisville

Taste Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant (no website): 919-234-6385, Pho 919

Chapel Hill

Lime & Basil


Brazilian/Argentinian

Raleigh

Brasa Brazilian SteakhouseOakwood Café


Greek

Raleigh

Taverna Agora

Chapel Hill

Kipos Greek Taverna

Durham

Spartacus RestaurantBenetis Restaurant

 

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