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I’ll admit I’d never eaten at Wild Ace Pizza & Pub, but when so many parents recommended it on our Facebook page after we asked for kid-friendly dining out options, I decided to give it a try for this column. I’m glad I did, and after eating there for lunch, it’s easy to see why parents love this restaurant, which has locations in both Greer and Spartanburg.

I stopped by the Greer restaurant, which is tucked around the corner from Greer City Park in an aviation-themed gray and red building on Depot Street. You can eat inside, where a variety of airplane models and memorabilia decorate the ceiling and walls, or outside on the patio. There is a bar where alcohol is served, but the dining room is mostly separated, and a selection of arcade games and rides offer antsy children a chance to play while they wait on their food.

Wild Ace Pizza & Pub is known for its New York-style pizza, which comes in single slices or as whole pies, but that’s not all that’s on the menu. There are a variety of appetizers, including hummus, Bavarian-style pretzels and tater tots, along with salads, sandwiches, wings, calzones and pastas.

Guests with kids will receive the Little Pilots Menu, which features a connect-the-dots drawing, word search puzzle and coloring spot. Children 12 and younger can choose from a slice of pizza (cheese or pepperoni), butter noodles, spaghetti meatballs, white alfredo pasta or four-piece boneless nuggets. Prices vary, but nothing is more than $3.95.

We chose a slice of cheese pizza for our kids meal, and one slice is large enough to suit a kid’s appetite. Before you leave, you’ll also receive your kids’ meal toy, which is a small model airplane that can be put together in a few minutes. Dawn Berridge, catering/events manager for the restaurant, said these toys are passed out at the end of your meal so kids don’t get too distracted from eating.

Off the regular menu, I tried the P-51 Mustang, which is a hoagie made from either grilled steak or chicken with provolone, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. It is a good option for anyone who enjoys philly cheesesteaks. Most items on the menu are named to follow the aviation theme. There’s also the Memphis Belle, a grilled chicken breast served on a brioche bun, and The Kamikaze, fettuccini alfredo pasta with a spicy chicken breast and roasted tomatoes.

Over all, Wild Ace Pizza & Pub is a fun eating out option for families if you can overlook the attached bar. It has a great atmosphere and good food, and kids are sure to love it.

Eat Out Tip

Be sure to grab the kids’ meal toy from the host’s stand when you leave if you haven’t already received one. It’ll keep your little one occupied on the drive home.

You can go

• Wild Ace Pizza and Pub located at 103 Depot St., Greer, is open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays.

• Wild Ace Pizza and Pub located at 148 W. Main St., Spartanburg, is open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and closed Sundays.

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