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I love living in Connecticut. My husband and I moved here eight years ago and all three of our children were born here. I love the seasons (though Winter and I are not getting along at the moment) and the fact that there are so many amazing places to visit in the area.
But . . . having spent many years living in both South Carolina and Georgia, there are quite a few things from my southern days that I sometimes miss. So, when I heard the news that one of my favorite fast-food establishments was opening a location in Connecticut (make that 4 locations and counting) I was a bit giddy. Starting last fall, Chick-fil-a has been opening restaurant locations across the state with their most recent location being in Enfield, Connecticut.
This was big news in my house. I mean, my husband and I would constantly go out of our way to get our Chick-fil-a fix. Driving to a location outside of Boston when I was pregnant with our twins and actually enjoying layovers at the Atlanta Airport because there is a Chick-fil-a in both Concourses A & C!
So when my sister (who lives in Charleston, SC) and her two girls were visiting this past weekend and I mentioned a visit to the new Chick-fil-a, they were totally on board.
We went for lunch and I was excited to indulge in some of my favorite Chick-fil-a treats: grilled chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and sweet tea (of course!)
Sweetheart and her cousin were equally excited to dine on some of their favorites including chicken nuggets and a yummy fruit cup.
One of the best things about eating at a Chick-fil-a is the fact that they go above and beyond to make sure you have a nice dining experience. It is definitely a family-friendly destination.
At this restaurant, getting the food to your table is no problem at all. Here you order at the counter and then they bring the food to your table when it is ready. Some Chick-fil-a’s even have a fun feature called the “Mom Valet” where you can go through the drive-thru to place and pay for your order and then they have all of your food set up at a table when you get inside (amazing, right?) Now, Chick-fil-a in Enfield does not currently have that feature but I spoke to their owner and they are expecting to add it to their offering in the next few months!
Another great thing about Chick-fil-a is that they have employees available to help you in the dining area. Need a refill, just ask! Need utensils or condiments, just ask! They are happy to help.
Not surprising, this restaurant offers high chairs for its youngest diners but they also throw in the little extra of a stickable placement that they can use.
The other great family-friendly feature of this destination is their indoor play area. Let the kids play while waiting on their food. Let the kids play after they finish their meal in 5 minutes and you just took your first bite of your sandwich. Let the kids play!
The play area at this location is not huge, but the kids loved it. There were areas to climb, slides to ride, and even a special toddler area for kids ages 3 and under. To play in this area, kids just need to be under 54″ tall and they need to take off their shoes before getting on the play equipment. There is seating for parents inside the play area or seating right outside with glass so that you can keep an eye on the kids and finish your meal (thank you!)
Of course the girls had to finish their meal and playtime with a little treat! (Though I’m not sure if ice cream and freezing temperatures outside really go together 🙂 )
If we had more time that afternoon, I might have suggested we head down the road a bit for a stop at the nearby Enfield library. When the weather warms up a little it would be an even better combo outing because the kids could play at the Enfield Library playground as well!
Oh and if breakfast is your thing, you have to try a chicken biscuit from Chick-fil-a. I think they got me through my college years!
The one thing to remember with Chick-fil-a, though, is that they are closed on Sundays. I always would forget this one element and would inevitably crave a chicken biscuit on a Sunday morning. Don’t make my mistake 🙂
So, if you are looking for a place where you can grab a meal with the kids and give them a chance to burn off a little energy, check out one of the new Chick-fil-a locations in our state!
- Brookfield: Located right near our recently reviewed play destination, Tot Town.
- Danbury: Located inside the Danbury Fair Mall.
Oh and be sure to follow the Facebook pages for the location nearest you. The restaurants will offer a variety of specials and promotions throughout the year and you can keep up with the latest through their social media channels.
Opened: February 26, 2015
Phone: (860) 253-0469
Open every day except Sunday.
Menu pricing varies but the play area is FREE!
- Stroller Friendly: YES.
- Coffee Mug Friendly: N/A
- Restroom: YES.
- Baby Changing Station: YES.
- Parking: YES. Free parking available next to the restaurant.
- Food for Sale: YES. You can find their menu here.
- Outside Food Allowed: NO.
- Cash Required: NO. All major credit cards are accepted.
- Dress Code: N/A
- Evening/Weekend Hours: YES. Though don’t forget that they are closed on Sunday.
- Discounts: YES. Follow their Facebook page for information on savings opportunities. For example in February, Chick-fil-a’s offered free coffee for all customers and in July they host “Cow Appreciation Day” whereby you can dress up like a cow and receive free food.
- Bounce Town – This popular indoor play destination now has two ultimate bounce centers to choose from with awesome giant inflatables that will have your kids jumping, bouncing, running and laughing the whole time: Bounce Town in South Windsor, CT and Bounce Town in Canton, CT (opening March 1st).
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – The state’s only free-standing hospital that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Based in Hartford, Connecticut Children’s also provides services at several locations throughout the state.
- The Independent Day School – Located on a rural campus in Middlefield, CT this private pre-school, elementary and middle school serves families from over 20 communities.
- Little Ms. Bella Beautique/Bella Beauty – Located in Farmington, this one-of-a-kind boutique is a girl’s dream that caters to your Bella for an exclusive Beauty Day, Make Your Own Spa Treats, Tea Parties with Dress Up and the Ultimate Girly Girl Birthday Parties.
- Mandell JCC – The Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT, welcomes and serves families and individuals of all ages, stages, backgrounds and faiths. Our fitness, wellness and recreation, arts and culture, camp, early childhood education programs, classes, clubs and services are open to all. You Belong Here!
- Sleep, Baby, Sleep – Based out of Farmington, CT, this website is dedicated to helping babies and toddlers sleep through the night. It provides tons of great articles and information addressing the most common baby sleep troubles, customized baby sleep plans, and one on one support to help parents and babies get more Zzz’s.
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