kid-friendly place w/good food? (MSP)
- cocopie Dec 16, 2006 05:25 AM
I am pretty new to this site and getting tons of info from
the past posts.(Thanks a bunch! ^^ )
Can anyone recommend a place where it's kid-friendly
and and also have really good food?
The places I can think of are mostly
asian places but I would like to try out some
different type of cuisine too.
The places I have been to are:
Most of the Japanese restaurants in MSP,
Tea House, Shuang Cheng, Peninsula, Quang, Pizza Nea
and Pizza Luce. (Mostly pizza & Asian,,,)
Chatterbox pub in st paul (there is one in mpls as well) is a fun place to bring the kids. The food is just ok. There are a few decent things if you order carefully. I had some chicken quesadillas and they were pretty good. Many of the items just have too much stuff, too much dressing etc. They have a nice house beer which makes the food taste (a little) better.
But if you asked my kids - that is the first place they would mention. (ford parkway & cleveland)
Groveland Tap (st clair ave, near corner of fairview) is a fun spot - all bar food (burgers, checken sandwiches) but done well, well priced & a few games to keep the kids amused. Friendly staff and usually fairly quick to get in and out.
Andy's Garage on University - corner of Fairview. (warning - no booze) good solid diner favorites, malts, etc - lots of kids games and toys - lots of kids, & lots of fun.
Shish on Grand (west of snelling) is good, quick, tasty, counter service, same with Coffee News cafe next door, both have good kid options that are healthier & tastier than what kids usually end up with.
However, with all of these places, I don't know if they are worth a long car trip depending on where you are coming from.
My wife and I had a great experience with our 4 mos. old on our anniversary (the grandparents took the 2 1/2 year old, but weren't ready for both) at the Birchwood Cafe in the Seward Neigborhood. The food is fast (kind of like cafeteria style), but very, very good. We had the two pizzas and bottle of wine for $25. It's loud enough that you don't have to worry about bugging your neighbors, but its an adult hang out. You know, it's not Chuck-E-Cheese...
The Longefellow Grill and Maria's Cafe are also good for breakfast or lunch.
You've tried Quang's which is one we also really like. Various spots on University also work such as Saigon.
I had lunch at the Downtowner in St. Paul for the first time yesterday. There were lots of kids and families there, and the food was very good. There are fireplaces too, and the decorating is keyed to adults, but the place is relaxed and friendly.
Our kids (5,3,1) have enjoyed Convention Grill and Annie's Parlour for burgers/shakes.
They like Black's Ford out in Wayzata for soup/quesadillas.
Mai Village in St. Paul. There's a koi pond to look at which is exciting.
And in the summer, Wagner's Drive-In in St Louis Park.
Greek to me (in Uptown) is pretty kid friendly if you stick to a Saturday lunch. They were 4 and 12 at the time. I don't think Dinner would be quite as kid friendly.
DiAmicos (sp?) is generally kid friendly, the one at the Art Inst. was a big hit since they had pizzas and sandwiches and it was much better quality than fast or most chain food.
Byerlys at Ridgedale was also a good option though more of an upscale fast food, they do have flatbread pizzas, sushi etc.
We tried to limit our kid friendly meals to lunches on Saturdays, it just seemed easier.
Cheng Heng on University in St. Paul is kid-friendly. They serve Cambodian food but some dishes are close enough to Chinese if someone needs that comfort level. Fun drinks (not unsweetened, however!), a good-sized room, and I've seen the owner's/manager's toddler daughter there since she was a baby.
I also like El Burrito Mercado in West St. Paul (very good food, offered cafeteria style; lots of interesting things to look at in the market) and El Taquito (also in WSP); it's tacos/burritos/etc., but it's not deepfried Taco Belticojohn's, either, with nothing but ground "beef" and sodium to its name.
BTW I was reading in another thread here that Andy's Garage is closing as of Dec. 30 ...