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:

Bradley’s BBQ

The friendly and helpful customer service at this relaxing, casual restaurant is welcoming when you want a break from cooking. The BBQ is home-cooked and smoked over real hickory wood – delicious! Order from menu items like BBQ sandwiches and plates, smoked wings, hot dogs, burgers, famous ribs, and homemade desserts. Get the family rib special for four or order by the pound with the addition of large sides to share. They offer convenience of dine-in or take out and are located off the Square at 1160 Church Street, Covington, GA 30014. Visit their website at www.bradleysbbq.com.

Your Pie

This is a great place for the personal pan pizza enthusiasts. You’ll get to design your own 10-inch pie by choosing your dough, sauce, and toppings. The pie cooks very fast for a fresh and quick meal out. With the endless possibilities and incredible pizza, everyone will have what they want and the family will want to keep coming back to try more creations. This restaurant on the Square at 1115 Washington Street SW, Covington, GA 30014. Visit their website at yourpie.com/stores/covington.

Bullritos

When it is time for a change from cooking and you want something easy, tacos and burritos are a great go-to! The food is fresh and quick, perfect for today’s busy family when they are hungry. The kids love it because they can build-their-own burrito with the toppings they want. They also have options for those who have allergen sensitivities and an intolerance to gluten. Bullritos is conveniently located off of I-20 at 10327 Industrial Boulevard NE, Covington, GA 30014. Visit their website at order.bullritos.com/menu/covington.