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Aug 11, 2006 08:39 PM

Family Friendly in SF?

Going out there with a picky 3 y.o. Any suggestions in the city? We're staying near the Embarcadero, but can travel a wee bit. BTW: Hubby and I are real fressers.

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  1. Park Chow actually says it is kid friendly with many kiddy choices on the menu. Good food, fairly priced, right by the park. Last time I was there my friend and I, and another table full of adults, actually got in a shouting match with a guy who completely ignored his screaming, wandering 2(!) toddlers while he took several cell phone calls. What an ass. Well, anyhow - it's one of my favorite restaurants anyway. (9th. ave. between Lincoln and Irving).

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    1. re: niki rothman

      I'll give another vote to Park Chow - our daughter's 6, and it's been her favorite restaurant since she was 2. It's more than a "wee bit" away from the Embarcadero, although it is right off the N-Judah.

      1. re: iOrderTheLamb

        If you go downstairs into the underground MUNI, once you get onto the N - Judah, It's probably under a half hour to 9th. ave. Walk 1/2 block toward Golden gate Park. You want to see the park, don't you? I love the arboretum which is spitting distance from Park Chow, and is free.

    2. Chenery Park says they are kid friendly on their website, they even have a 'Kids Club' night on Tuesdays...

      2 block walk from Glen Park BART station

      1. If you're staying in the Embarcadero, the Ferry Building is very kid friendly, with lots of good choices and a nice stroll along the water to run off some 3-yr old energy.

        One of my favorite restaurants (and a favorite of my kids) is Lulu's at 816 Folsom Street. A nice thing about Lulu's is that it is near the temporary home of the California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium on Howard Street, and it is also near Yerba Buena Park, which has a cool fountain and waterfall in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, plus a great little playground and a carousel.

          1. re: Husky

            I agree with all suggestions above (I have a 2 year old). I don't think Park Chow is worth crossing town for though. As I always say, dim sum is fun with kids. Yank Sing is rigth there. If child is picky, they have chow mein, rice, fresh fruit, etc.

            There's a Mel's Diner across the street from the Metreon (food is fine). Sears is great for breakfast.

            1. re: abe1329

              Oh, I are you going to go to SF and NOT go to GG Park? (the carousel is walking distance from 9th.) When I'm heading over to the park I usually do eat at Park Chow. The food is very reliable, the price is right, the service great, and It's the kind of place you can sit in a booth for a long time and nobody will bug you.

              1. re: niki rothman

                Oh yes, you are so right. Golden Gate Park is a must. BUT with kids I'd rather grab a picnic (Gordos or even sandwiches at Andronicos) and rent a boat at Stow Lake. Park Chow is an awesome family friendly restaurant just nothing I'd go out of my way for.

              2. re: abe1329

                I had tough corned beef in Mel's. I do like Sear's little pancakes, and they make a delicious corned beef hash and very buttery homefries - they have this breakfast deal that includes all that stuff and eggs and toast for like $8 and it's an SF landmark, although under newish ownership.

                1. re: niki rothman

                  Yes, Mel's is very average. They just do a nice kids meal and I think their milkshakes are delicious. YUM.

                2. re: abe1329

                  Didn't see your post before I sent my own reply below. Dim sum is a great idea.

              3. For serious fressing, you can't beat Schroeder's. I often see tourist families with kids there. They do a child's plate, or you can get spatzle with butter.


                Ditto for Orale Orale, often see families with kids in there in the evening. No kids' menu but they'll do plain rice, bean and cheese burritos, etc. Odd hours, 7am-8pm Monday through Friday.


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                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Hi RL,
                  Is Shroeders the restaurant that is around the corner from Tadich? just to the northeast of it) I peeped in there around noontime on a weekday and it was empty - like a big old dark beerhall. I thought the menu seemed a little pricey. I think it was $12 for a bockwurst, potato and kraut plate. I kind of thought, "Hmm...I can make that at home anytime" What are your favorite things to eat there?