Where do you take your kids in Cincinnati to find a meal at a reasonable price in a family-friendly environment? Here are five restaurants located in a variety of areas that families might consider:

Hidden in Hyde Park Plaza is Shaan Indian Cuisine. The restaurant keeps the prices in the $11-$30 range and serves families from Oakley, Hyde Park, Norwood and Mt. Lookout. Perfect place for a taste of vegetable samosa or chicken curry, among many other Indian dishes. Located at 3880 Paxton Ave, Shaan varies its hours according to the day. 513-533-3100, shaanindian.net.

The Red Balloon Café + Play in Pleasant Ridge tops my list. Open only one year, co-owners Cera Dudas and Caitlin Siegel Hartzler, both former teachers, provide a small, cheerful restaurant with tasty food as well as a baby store. Located at 6200 Montgomery Road, the café also offers two large play areas in the back of the restaurant. Young moms bring their children to climb into a treehouse, play in a miniature kitchen, and work with crafts, among other activities. Tu-Th 8 a.m.-4 p.m. F 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 513-620-8328, redballooncafe.com.

After you visit Smale Riverfront Park with your kids, stop in Moerlein Lager House located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way. Aaron Adams, service manager, says “On a Saturday afternoon, half of our dining room looks like a stroller parking lot.” The largest restaurant, seating wise, in the city, Moerlein offers a kids’ menu, a view of the riverfront and plenty of space to stretch. It is packed during the summer and after Reds’ games. Hours vary. 513-421-2337, moerleinlagerhouse.com.

Brotherton’s Family Restaurant is another unique find. Located in Mt. Healthy, Brotherton’s has offered families a respite for many years. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch or dinner any time of the day. Locals are known to come in two to three times daily, according to Jim Setters, one of the co-owners. Located at 7517 Hamilton Ave, the restaurant draws primarily from North College Hill, Mt. Healthy and Colerain. Weekends attract sports teams. Cost is low and portions are modest. M-Sa 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Su 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 513-522-1595.

A favorite Eastside restaurant is Zip’s Café, 1036 Delta Ave., in Mt. Lookout Square. For years, the Café has served families; kids from Walnut Hills High School, Clark Montessori High School and Cardinal Pacelli School; and local sports teams who stop in after a game. According to Layla Reed, wife of general manager Adam Reed, “Kids can walk here and learn restaurant etiquette. When it snows, everyone walks down.” One of its best features, in addition to a train that runs along the top of the wall, is the Zipburger. This year is the restaurant’s 90th anniversary. Hours vary. 513-871-9876, zipscafe.com.