Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. With the kids back to school, doing things with the family after school and on the weekend can help reduce their anxiety as they get into a new routine. A great family activity that helps provide some downtime is going out to eat.

Here are 3 local, family-friendly restaurants in the area:

Tava’s Pizza

If you are looking for something laid back, this is a great local place with a casual atmosphere and reasonably priced menu items. This family owned restaurant serves Greek and Italian food that is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. They have pizza, gyro and burgers, salads, pasta, and a kid’s menu, of course. They are located at 4489 GA Hwy 20 SE, Ste #7, Conyers, GA 30013.

Jim ‘N Nicks

This local BBQ favorite has a fun, casual atmosphere. There are several ways you can have BBQ – in a sandwich, on a plate, on a potato, and on a salad. They have more than just BBQ, which makes this a great place for a family with different ideas about what they want for dinner. The menu is very diverse with appetizers, salads, burgers, and many different entrees. And yes, there is a kid’s menu. There is also a drive thru so you can easily pick up an order on the way home. They are located at 2275 GA Hwy 20, Conyers, GA 30013.

Taco’N Madre

When it is time for a change from cooking and you want something easy, tacos and burritos are a great go-to! The authentic Mexican food here is fresh and made from scratch. You’ll love the food quality and the kids will love the salsa bar where they can add their own toppings. Besides the common staples, the menu has specialties like mojarra frita, pechuge a la plancha, flautas, and alambre. Dine in the casual restaurant or order ahead and pickup on your way home. They are conveniently located off of I-20 at 1264 Parker Road SE, Conyers, GA 30094.