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KayZee Aug 6, 2006 04:44 AM

HI,

I have to go on an errand to Pasadena from the Westside on Mon. in the A.M. I'll have 3 kids age 7-11 with me. I promised them a fun breakfast in exchange for going out there with me. Now I need a place to take them. Any recs?

Kurt

P.S. we could also use something fun to do for about two hours before heading back home.

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    chez cherie RE: KayZee Aug 6, 2006 05:13 AM

    robins" restaurant caters to kids but is still palatable for grownups:
    http://www.robinsbbq.com/

    kidspace museum would be a good and close diversion:
    http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
    (can't find their hours online
    )(huntington library is a good place, with room to romp, but closed on mondays)

    1. The Chowhound Team RE: KayZee Aug 6, 2006 05:23 AM

      Folks, please keep the focus on food. Other fun things to do dilute our site's mission. Thanks for keeping it chowy!

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        mc michael RE: KayZee Aug 6, 2006 05:31 AM

        If they like pastries, I'd go with Europane: http://www.gayot.com/restaurantpages/... The aforementioned Kidspace is a Pasadena institution.

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          FoodMama RE: KayZee Aug 6, 2006 06:49 AM

          THE place to have breakfast in Pasadena is Marsten's on Walnut. The french toast rolled in corn flakes is a kid favorite. I'm not sure if they are open on Mondays.

          My #2 pick for breakfast would be Mi Piace.

          Kidspace is really great. Bring a change of clothing for each kid as they have a fountain where the kids are encouraged to play in it (a'la Citywalk style).

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            ilikefood RE: FoodMama Aug 8, 2006 10:28 PM

            I really don't understand the appeal of Marston's other than it's in what was once a house. I've been there twice w/ pretty much same experience. Very slow service (seems to be for the 2 hr breakfast crowd). Servers stand around talking together by the counter while customers try to get their attention & both times I went were weekdays after 9:30 AM. Food was decent 1 X but then I tried cornflake crusted french toast- very bland and greasy.
            With the kids I recommend Robin's, on Rosemead N of Foothill.
            W/O the kids- Julienne in San Marino.

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              AquaW RE: FoodMama Aug 8, 2006 10:32 PM

              I like Marston's overall, but it can be a mixed bag of experience depending on the crowd and who's serving. And yea, skip on the French Toast--which was bland. All the other breakfast items are pretty decent though.

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              mc michael RE: KayZee Aug 6, 2006 12:49 PM

              Oddly, there is food available at Kidspace. You'd think because it's under the auspices of Wolfgang Puck it would be good. It's at about the level of McDonald's. (Sigh.)

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                Joe RE: KayZee Aug 6, 2006 04:27 PM

                I'd also recommend Marsten's on Walnut and add Fox's up on North Lake Ave. in Altadena (between Mendocino and Altadena Drive). The problem with both is they're both small places and not exactly kid friendly. Robin's (on Rosemead, north of Foothill by a 1⁄4 mile. is definitely more capable of handling kids and their breakfast is acceptable. Nothing to write home about but not terrible. Most importantly, your kids will not feel suffocated and frustrated by other patrons and the staff.

                After breakfast, since you're near the mountains, consider taking them to The Eaton Canyon Nature Center on Altadena Drive (just north of New York Drive.) They have some great wildlife information and house a few rattle snakes and other local habitat animals. It's nothing big but worth checking out.

                Good luck!

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                  kimpossible1138 RE: Joe Aug 6, 2006 06:56 PM

                  I would give a negative review to Fox's breakfast. I wanted to like this place but it was crowded and my food was cold and lower quality than I would buy in my local grocery store. As in really cheap bread and very poor quality eggs.

                  Pie 'N Burger has good breakfasts, is kid-friendly (I think they would like the novelty of sitting at the counter), but can have a bit of a wait some mornings. Homemade bread, thin pancakes, thick bacon, goopy cinnamon or pecan rolls, etc.

                2. Kitchen Queen RE: KayZee Aug 7, 2006 05:10 AM

                  Another option to Kidspace, which is great, could be a short ride on the Gold Line to the Del Mar station then a short walk across the street and over to Shakers family style coffee shop. Great, cheap breakfasts esp. with kids. There's a Gold Line stop at Lake, Holly St. and Del Mar. :) KQ

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                    mc michael RE: KayZee Aug 7, 2006 05:14 AM

                    It appears there is or was a fire tonite at the approximate location of Del Mar Station. Shaker's, however, is still shakin'.

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                      Kitchen Queen RE: mc michael Aug 7, 2006 05:41 AM

                      Dude- Thanks for the news! I have a close friend who lives in and works for the City of Pasadena. I shall ask him about this! :) KQ

                    2. ipsedixit RE: KayZee Aug 7, 2006 04:45 PM

                      Also consider Towheys.

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                        AquaW RE: KayZee Aug 7, 2006 08:52 PM

                        If you are doing breakfast early, Julienne might be an option (the food is delish, and while normally it's very adults-oriented, the few times I went for breakfast [7am ish] there were practically no one around so could be kid-safe.)

                        www.juliennetogo.com

                        Marston's or Green Street Cafe are also good runner-ups, IMO.

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                          revets2 RE: KayZee Aug 8, 2006 05:25 AM

                          i agree. julienne's is so good, then run up the street to the children's garden at the huntington, but bring a set of dry clothes.

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                            The Oracle RE: revets2 Aug 8, 2006 05:07 PM

                            Fantastic idea -- definitely second this post. I've seen tons of kids at julienne's - they have an outdoor seating area, which would be ideal. It's not a kid-centric, so not exactly sure what you had in mind as a 'fun breakfast' (care to expound?). It shouldn't be too crowded on a Monday. The children's garden at the Huntington is worth a visit - and the rest of the gardens are fun to explore as well (be prepared to pay an entrance fee).

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                            ilikefood RE: KayZee Aug 8, 2006 10:36 PM

                            I really don't understand the appeal of Marston's other than it's in what was once a house. I've been there twice w/ pretty much same experience. Very slow service (seems to be for the 2 hr breakfast crowd). Servers stand around talking together by the counter while customers try to get their attention. Food was decent 1 X but then I tried cornflake crusted french toast- very bland and greasy.
                            With the kids I recommend Robin's, on Rosemead N of Foothill.

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