Going to LA with 13 year old and a 4 year old
Go to Angeli, on Melrose near La Brea, which not only jump-started the Tuscan cafe thing that has taken over the nation's restaurants like a bad cold 10 years ago, but has truly good food . . . and will give your four-year-old a lump of dough and invite him/her to make his/her own pizza. Dim sum in Chinatown is great with even the noisiest of kids--Empress Pavilion is the best place, Ocean Seafood the most tolerant. Border Grill is ultra kid-friendly, and loud. And kids also love the sandwichy/breakfasty stuff at Kokomo's in the Farmers Market.