For parents who do not want to sacrifice a sophisticated adult meal and atmosphere while entertaining their children, Zunum in Shenandoah combines a play area for children and gourmet menu to please their parents. Ranging from shrimp tacos with an Asian slaw to swiss, honey and ham paninis, Zunum's menu is designed to appeal to a range of tastes.

"You feel like an adult when you walk in and an adult when you leave," general manager Shawna Wilkins said.

Offering bistro cuisine, Wilkins said Zunum features sandwiches, burgers, crepes and paninis among other dishes. In addition to offering a healthy children's menu, restaurant staff monitor the indoor playground equipment, which is safe for ages 2-12.

Since opening March 24, Wilkins said the restaurant is growing by word of mouth as repeat customers learn that the restaurant is more than just a playground for children. She said the restaurant plans to offer catering and delivery in 2013 to attract more customers.

"The most rewarding thing is the repeat customers, and they don't come back for the playground, they come back for the food," she said. "Once you try one of our signature dishes, it will give you a reason to come back."

Zunum, 1620 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, 281-419-5400, www.zunum.net

  • Sun.–Wed.: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Thurs.–Sat.: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
By Matt Stephens
Matt Stephens joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012. A Tomball native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Matt joined as a reporter for The Woodlands team before being promoted to help launch the Spring | Klein edition in spring of 2014 and later to North Houston managing editor in late 2015. He has served as managing editor to the Phoenix and Nashville papers since August 2020.