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goldbergd Mar 7, 2007 10:15 AM

I am taking my 6 yr old to staples tomorrow night to watch basketball and want to take him to dinner first. Where would be a good place downtown near staples for dinner. He is a very typical six yr old.

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    barno Mar 10, 2007 09:29 AM

    you can try casey's on grand, or the grand ave. sports bar. caseys is a pub, but children can sit at any table and the food is decent pub food which kids will eat. good old style atmosphere too, not rowdy.

    1. Liz Mar 8, 2007 10:24 AM

      I second on Clifton's. Don't bother going there on weekdays either, awful.

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        mc michael Mar 8, 2007 04:24 AM

        Call the Palm and see if they have some sort of kids' menu.

        1. lil mikey Mar 7, 2007 10:11 PM

          Clifton's Cafeteria might be fun. It's got a woodsy/Disneyesque feeling inside. I think a kid would love it. And it's cafeteria food, so he can see the stuff he wants and pick it out.

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          1. re: lil mikey
            badtz Mar 7, 2007 10:43 PM

            definitely a place for kids, parking on broadway/off broadway, might not be fun though. for more kid friendly, go to phillippe's or lillaya's china bistro.

            1. re: lil mikey
              ML8000 Mar 8, 2007 12:09 AM

              I went to Clifton's in Oct and it was terrible...and I rarely ever use that word in regards to restaurants. In context it was a Sat. around around 7 p.m. and the place was dead so there's a chance it was an off day and near closing...but I don't think so. Between myself, my brother and my 10 y.o. nephew - no one had even an edible meal. Also the physical part of the place has also gotten funky/creepy, and not in a cool retro way.

              I was disappointed because as a kid and into my 20s I loved this place and I really wanted to like it. I doubt it was over-expectations either because I've had bad frozen dinners that were better. Oh well, if there's ever a next time, I think I'd go during the week and at lunch when the "product" has turn over.

              As for being a great kids place...that's what me and my brother thought too. Oh well.

            2. Liz Mar 7, 2007 12:12 PM

              You can always go to California Pizza kitchen. It is on Figueroa, four blocks from Staples.

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              1. re: Liz
                goldbergd Mar 9, 2007 07:53 AM

                Liz I ended up taking your advice, you can't go wrong with pizza for a 6 yr old. And btw, USC beat stanford. Great night!

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                  MeAndroo Mar 9, 2007 08:00 AM

                  Fight on!

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                bite bite Mar 7, 2007 10:52 AM

                Second Phillipe's. Long tressle tables, sawdust on the floor, great lemonade and the french-dip sandwiches are like a big ol' hoedown in your mouth. Yum.

                1. Chowpatty Mar 7, 2007 10:31 AM

                  Philippe's is not that close to Staples but that would be my first choice with a six-year old. The Pantry is closer so that could be good. The reports on the board on the Liberty Grill, which is close to Staples, were only so-so but this looks like it would be a convenient choice -- you can try fried mac 'n cheese balls!

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                    mollyomormon Mar 7, 2007 12:24 PM

                    I was about to reccomend Liberty Grill. The food is not that great (think sort of a bit more upscale Marie Callendar's), but they have those mac & cheese balls and things like grilled cheese with tomato soup that most 6 year olds would enjoy. Plus, it's very close to Staples.

                    1. re: mollyomormon
                      badtz Mar 7, 2007 10:41 PM

                      Agreed! I live across the street from LIberty Grill and was really hoping it would be good, so I could have a "hot spot" for close by dinners. It's definitely not that great, and "upscale Marie Calendar's" pretty much covers it.

                    2. re: Chowpatty
                      mlgb Mar 7, 2007 12:41 PM

                      Except that the food at the Pantry is awful.

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                        badtz Mar 7, 2007 10:42 PM

                        agreed. don't eat @ the pantry. I've given it 3 tries, and all 3 times it s*cked.

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