KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
We are going back to the LA area at the end of August but this time around we are taking the kids to Disneyland for their first time! Were looking for restaurant that the CHOWHOUND community would reccommend that are fun places to take the kids. Were thinking of Mid-Evil Times but I know that spot is all about the show and entertainment and not about the food at all. What are some local recommendations where we can all be entartained and really good food?
Our kids and we love Lucky Devils in Hollywood, near the El Capitan theatre. Great burgers and shakes, really good. Also lots of good beers on tap.
If you want places closer to Disneyland, there's lots of choices in Downtown Disney (none are fab) -- Rainforest Cafe your kids will love, but the food is mediocre and the wait can be intense; Naples at the other end of Downtown Disney is the best of the group. I have not eaten at Napa Rose in the Grand Californian, but many on this board tout it as one of the best restaurants in all of Orange County. IT's more formal.
If you succumb to the kids' clamor to go to a "character meal," Goofy's Kitchen (in the Disneyland Hotel) is pretty good. We went to Ariel's Grotto several years ago and it was hideous, though the kids were all over Ariel, Minnie and the rest of the crew. It may have gotten better in the past couple years.
if youre gonna be in LA itself...
mouns of tunis will let the kids eat with their hands.
palms thai would be entertaining with the elvis
the griddle cafe for decadent "fun" pancake, waffle, french toast, etc. combos
eat on venice boardwalk at figtree's cafe and watch the boardwalk shows... the skating middle easterner w/ electric guitar... the guy who imitates how people walk...
eat on the beach at back on the beach cafe
soot bull jeep or sa rit gol for korean bbq to cook yourself
musha in torrance
lucky devils or the counter or apple pan for a fun burger experience
farmers' market is fun in general, as everyone can pick their own food, from good options
I strongly agree with MOUN OF TUNIS. our granddaughter loves the place. We went on her 'Nana's" birthday and she liked the "birthday cake" which was the B'stilla.
She also liked the belly dancer. All in good taste suitable for children. The best for her was the big towel on her lap and using the bread and fingers for utensils.
It sounds like you are going to be in the OC area...Downtown Disney has a lot going on and doesn't requie you to travel too far. Chain restaurants are usually pretty good with kids CPK, Rainforest Cafe....In addition to Medieval Times, there is a pirate adventure dinner show. A friend went recently and said the food isn't too bad. Ruby's on the Balboa Pier is always fun...Fashion Island in Newport Beach has a lot of choices and lots to do if you are walking around. Benihana is always a good choice if you are looking for a show with better quality food.
As far as Disneyland itself, as far as food goes it is so not the happiest place on earth. However, I think the best thing it has to offer (and relatively good for the price) are the corn dogs from the red cart at the end of Main Street I think it's outside the Kodak Store.) I had read on these boards that they serve the best corn dogs ever and I'm inclined to agree (although Hot Dog on a Stick is the only other corn dog I've ever had to compare it to.)
In Downtown Disney, Tortilla Jo's is not bad. The ribs were good. Part of the Patina "family", if that means anything.
Beyond that, you'll have to give us geographic parameters to work with.
lots of good reccs on the board, already. not sure how old the kids are. korean bbq is great. love SOOT BULL JEEP, but it scares a lot of people who've not been there before from out of town. if you're not that adventurous, try CHOSUN GALBEE. not as authentic, but more tourist accessible.
also, the kids love THE CRAB POT in long beach. on the marina, no reservations taken. taking a mallet to the crab, what more could kids want. ours loved it. they also really liked HOUSTONS (also a wait unless you call before 5pm to make reservations of four or fewer persons).
they really liked LUCKY DEVILS.