Okay, admit it before we do – your kiddo desperately needs to learn fine-dining manners. A most amenable way to coach etiquette is to book a dressy "date" Downtown with your child at the Driskill Hotel's 1886 Cafe & Bakery. Kids love the historic ambiance – just a bit fancy, with cloth napkins, a sparkling chandelier, and cozy booths. Go for dessert – the amazing cakes, pies, and ice-cream dishes are created by pastry Executive Chef Tony Sansalone. (The $7 banana split is a family favorite – a tradition for celebrations.) Then coach your little darling on proper use of a cloth napkin (no, not for spitting your gum out, dear), silverware, and making pleasant "inside voice" conversation. Should mama get stressed, there's a wine list, too.
1886 Cafe & Bakery
604 Brazos, 512/391-7066
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