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Pre-Nutcracker dining?

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I'll be taking my daughter and her cousin (both aged 6) to see the ballet, for a 2 p.m. performance. Can anyone recommend somewhere to dine before-hand? My daughter has a very sophisticated palate, but her cousin isn't quite as adventurous. (By the way, I'd prefer not to go to Max's Opera Cafe... Ideally somewhere with a great wine list.)

Is there something in the vicinity that might do the trick? If there's somewhere we should go that's not in the Civic Center area, we could easily cab it to the War Memorial.

Thanks!

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  1. Modern Tea might be a nice room for young kids, but I don't know if they have a wine list. Definitely tea, of course. And then of course there's always Absinthe's Brasserie and Zuni Cafe to the south.

    1. A couple of years ago we dined pre-Nutcracker at the Grand Cafe. The Cassoulet was superb. The people were really nice: we told them the time of our curtain and they got us out on time and got a taxi for us.