Where can a family go for an affordable dinner out at 7pm on a Saturday downtown? I'm thinking pizzeria type food and atmosphere. If we drive to Clifton there is Dewey's, Pomi's, and a few other spots that are pretty kid friendly. Downtown, not much. Most cheap eats are closed completely on weekends, and some that are open on Saturday, close by 4pm (Potbelly's, Skyline). Even our only fast food place downtown (Arbys) is closed by then. The food at Rock Bottom is terrible, IMO and I will never go there again if I am paying. We've done some of the nicer places, like Shanghai Mamas and others, but do kids really need $10 entrees? I think not. I've also tried Courtyard Cafe and Arnold's, which are fine, but not the best for kids.
Two places have worked for me in a pinch. First is Universal Grill. Although we are typically the only straight people there, and usually the only people with children, they do have mini hamburgers and fries, and decent beer for dad. In nice weather, you can sit outside on the sidewalk:
Second, Donatos. Last Saturday evening, I had 3 ragged kids with me and we needed cheap eats in a very casual atmosphere (kids were dirty and sweaty), and Donatos was the only place I could think of. The other pizza places downtown are carry-out only, Donatos, has a dozen tables, and although decidedly downscale and with no atmosphere the kids had a great time, and I spent under $20! ... Now that's what I'm talking about.