I know it's a hot topic, but we'll be in town visiting and would like to go out a couple of times, perhaps with the toddler in tow. This would be for lunch and/or dinner and is obviously not for any four star-type places.
Any suggestions? We'll be in Pasadena mostly, but traveling around to Hollywood, Malibu and perhaps the valley (SF).
There is a cute, comfy, cozy, relaxed place in Eagle Rock called Larkins
It's contemporary soul food...lots of comfort food in a cute old craftsman home.
There is an aoutdoor patio. It's very neighborhoody and I've seen several families with well-behaved toddlers.
The place is just a hop skip and a jump from Pasadena.
Zankou Chicken in Pasadena would be a good bet for lunch or dinner. And not too far from Pasadena, in Garvanza, is My Taco, which is also kid-friendly. Neither is much to speak of in terms of atmosphere, but the food is good and there are highchairs and kid-friendly menu options at both.
6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
1296 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106, USA
Angeli Caffe in West Hollywood. The Original Farmer's MArket on Fairfax.
Pie N Burger in Pasadena?
Carnival or Caroussel.
One of my standards for toddler-friendly/family-oriented in Pasadena is Green Street restaurant, breakfast, lunch or dinner...inside or outside patio. Nice and casual, but definitely not a coffee shop. We were just there over Thanksgiving weekend with a 6-month old (friend's grandchil') along with a few other families with kids of all ages. http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com/
also El Portal, Mijares or La Fiesta Grande for Mexican fare (El P. has Yucatan specialties, others YMMV...not a big LFG fan; Mijares- margs are good, okay combo plates, etc.).
Green Street Restaurant
146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101