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emizell Jan 13, 2008 05:29 PM

My parents live on the the other end of the country but are extreme foodies and are always in to trying every restaurant on the newest "hot tables" list, but we have a 15 month old. Please help with ideas for great restaurants that will accept (are appropriate for) a toddler in the Los Angeles area.

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    glutton Jan 14, 2008 05:19 AM

    Mozza seems like a pretty good option with a toddler. It's noisy and casual. And the food is great. It's definitely one of the hot tables in LA.

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    1. re: glutton
      glutton Jan 14, 2008 04:10 PM

      You might also have good luck with 3 Square in Venice. It's casual and you don't need a reservation, but it's still a pretty hot place to eat these days. Go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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      Diana Jan 14, 2008 05:27 AM

      Not new, not as hot as mozza by far, but great food and hip people and LOVES kids-Angeli Caffe. The owner/chef is the host of KCRW's good food, is a big member of the hip SLOW food movement and somewhat of a guiding force/original personalities in the LA food scene.

      Major Foodies and kids may also love an Ethiopian food experience, try MEssob or Rahel or Nyala. Sure, not a "hot table" in the papers and such, but a foodie "must try".

      You might have an easier time dining in any of the hot places for lunch rather than dinner. People are more forgiving at lunch.

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        ausfrench Jan 14, 2008 07:09 AM

        I just was in LA for the weekend with my two kids aged 3 and 5. We went to Osteria Mozza for dinner on Fri night (at 5.30pm) and Angeli Caffe on Sat night (at 6pm). At Mozza there were 2 other tables with kids a little older than mine. It was absolutely fine with them, but I'm not sure I'd take a toddler. Pizzeria Mozza however (when I stuck my head in) seemed to be a better bet. Angeli Caffe were great with the kids - gave them pizza dough to play with and then cooked it for them. Food was good but not great. Go to Mozza for that. Then again the check was almost double at Mozza.

        We went to Breadbar twice for breakfast and loved it. Perfect bread and pastries.

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          Diana Jan 14, 2008 07:41 AM

          The Original Farmer's market on Fairfax has foodie options and is good for kids.

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            cookie monster Jan 14, 2008 01:26 PM

            As the godmother of 2-1/2 year old twins, I second the Farmer's Market recommendation. It's also next to The Grove, and while you won't get many Chowhound votes for the restaurants there, it is an entertaining place for toddlers, with the dancing water fountains, live music, trolley, etc.

          2. CZ 101 Jan 14, 2008 09:21 AM

            I have a very active 2 year old and we definitely have our top 3 that we feel a comfort level to bring her to at all times and where others frequent with their children.
            1. Canele in Atwater
            2. Gingergrass in Silverlake
            3. Cobras & Matadors - Holywood

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              silverlakebodhisattva Jan 14, 2008 01:02 PM

              I'm not seeing Canele as a "kid-friendly" kinda place, to small, too slow, too "foodie". By my recollection of our toddler-dining days, Chinese is always good; Ethiopian and noisy-trattoria-Italian also work well (the first time the Camster went to Farfalla, some 16 years ago, it was noisy enough that had he pitched a full melt-down, which he did rarely, it would have been barely audible above the background level...). While I know it doesn't carry uniform high regard here, La Cabanita seems to be substantially kid-friendly.

              Also I sat opposite toddlers at Chichen Itza the last couple of times; without a hitch.

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                CZ 101 Jan 14, 2008 01:41 PM

                Hmmm- I have to say that I disagree about Canele. Me and my fellow moms bring our children there at least once a week.
                Jane and the staff are extremely accommodating to them – make them special baguette sandwiches etc.
                Its also fun for us all to sit at the big communal table which is very spacious.

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              jkao1817 Jan 14, 2008 09:38 AM

              Providence's Chef table.....depending on how many people are going.

              I have a 5 and 3 yeaor old and they love it there and Chef Micheal.

              1. raytamsgv Jan 14, 2008 10:29 AM

                There are tons of great Chinese restaurants. For Chinese folks, dining together with the family is expected, so they toddlers and small children are expected. Dim sum and other Cantonese restaurants are usually quite loud, so if your toddler screams, no one will notice. I'd recommend the following restaurants

                Elite Restaurant (Monterey Park): dim sum and dinner
                Seafood Village (Temple City): dinner
                Seafood Harbour (Rosemead): dim sum

                Here are some of my restaurant reviews: http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/ch...

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                  jkao1817 Jan 14, 2008 12:29 PM

                  I would total agree with you! Being one myself, it is customary to bring the kids along. just would not be dinner without them. Along the same spectrum, that goes the same for Korean restaurants as well.

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                  MiloGoestotheCIA Jan 14, 2008 08:17 PM

                  Definately dim sum. I don't know any toddler who wouldn't want to eat something as intriguing as taro pudding. (Purple and jiggly? My lucky day!)

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                    Jerome Jan 14, 2008 10:41 PM

                    riverside cafe in burbank for lunch.

                    i kid you not.

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