Sal's Ristorante: Kids eat free!
After a reader-tip, Sarah C. and I decided to take the boys to Sal's Ristorante in Chapel Hill for lunch. Thanks for the recommendation!
Located at The Station off of Homestead Road (where Homestead intersects with Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.) Sal's is a local, family-owned shop that offers pizzas, Italian pastas, sandwiches, and salads.
We enjoyed this reader's suggestion. The place is very cute inside, with high chairs. The indoor seating isn't too big, but it was easy enough for us to find a place to sit with our boys. There is outdoor courtyard seating, as well, that is a fantastic option for non-100-degree days. Out here there is a fountain to play around and look at, as well as some great landscaping.
The best part about Sal's? Their deals for kids. Sal's has an all-you-can-eat buffet bar at select times. And, even though it's not on their website, kids under 5 can eat free off the buffet bar! (C gets very little food placed in front of him, then throws as much food as he eats. So it is great not to have to pay for the small helpings he takes.) Kids under 10 can eat off the buffet bar for $5.95; adults are $7.95 for lunch and $8.95 for dinner. What you need to be aware of, though, is that the buffet bar is offered every day during lunch (11:30 am - 2 pm) but only Monday and Thursday nights (5:30 - 8:30 pm).
Also know that the buffet bar is pastas and pizzas only. It will cost you extra for salads and vegetables and other sides.
The food isn't going to make a food critic go nuts, to be honest. It is simple, solid Italian. But what kid doesn't love pizza? And it is a great bargain for a family meal.
I also have to add that the waitstaff was incredibly nice to us and patient with the kids.
No changing tables in the restrooms. There is a parking lot outside The Station that is free.
Also, a quick note to point out that Homestead Park is very close. A summer evening of playing at the park then heading to Sal's buffet bar? Sounds mighty nice to me.
2811 Homestead Road
Station at Homestead