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Chameleon Cafe- Kid Friendly?

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tapas gal Mar 7, 2008 08:37 AM

hello,
I have friends stopping thru Baltimore on their way to Bucks Co. at the end of the month. We are going to go to dinner and I was seeking a place to eat that would be kid friendly. I have only been to Chameleon Cafe once and wasn't really thinking about that aspect of it so I am seeking opinions. They have a 7 year old boy that is "fairly" well behaved... but he has his moments.

I recently moved to Lauraville so Chameleon is only a few blocks away. I know my friends won't want to deal with going into the city so anything else in the Lauraville vicinity would also be welcome. I am still new to the area so the great places I have discovered are not really sit down dinner places.

any ideas, opinions or suggestions greatly appreciated!!

thanks in advance...

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    eblood Mar 7, 2008 08:40 AM

    Its been a year since I've been there, but I don't remember it being overly stuffy. I would take my 3 year old there. Not sure she's ready for Frog Legs yet though!

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      amaebi Mar 7, 2008 09:28 AM

      How about Koco's which is not far from Chameleon. Very good crabcakes and kid friendly. different atmosphere than chameleon for sure but still fun.

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      1. re: amaebi
        ko1 Mar 7, 2008 09:35 AM

        They even have a kiddie corner with toys, crayons, etc.

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          tapas gal Mar 7, 2008 11:51 AM

          Wow! Really? I haven't been inside there yet but I assumed it was mostly a "bar" with food service? that my be perfect my friend's favorite food in the whole world is crabcakes so she would be very pleased... so it is more of a restaurant than a bar?

          1. re: tapas gal
            ko1 Mar 7, 2008 11:57 AM

            It's both in typical B-more style but my 16 year-old has been going for 10 years along with lots of other area families. They have a typical kids menu, free popsicles, etc.

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              jkosnett Mar 7, 2008 03:46 PM

              kocos is as much a restaurant as a bar and it's extremely informal... should be fine for a 7-year-old, and now there's no smoking!

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          AckAck Mar 7, 2008 01:23 PM

          Its probably OK. I've seen kids in there, and the owners have two toddlers and are nice folks.

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            lulubijou Mar 7, 2008 03:36 PM

            we have taken our son there from the time he was an infant (he's 5 now, and he too has his moments), and the chameleon staff is invariably friendly and accomodating.

            (not that this is what you're after, but i just want to share that we went to charleston last year for an anniversary dinner and groaned when the table next to us was seated with a 2 year old -- but the parents whipped out a portable dvd player and the kid just watched a movie with headphones on while the grown ups worked their way through three courses. never made a peep.)

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              Whitemarshjohn Mar 8, 2008 10:13 AM

              There was an article in Baltimore Magazine (Oct. 06) with a write up about The Chameleon Cafe and it mentions that the Owner's daughter Gertie is now walking and continues that it makes the family atmosphere complete. I've eaten at Chameleon Cafe twice and once saw a boy of about 7 eating with his Mom. I would say that taking a child there should be ok. BTW - I just love their food - Michael Smith is a great Chef.

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                kelarry Mar 11, 2008 09:53 PM

                The chef's name is Jeff Smith, not Michael

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                tapas gal Mar 31, 2008 02:02 PM

                OP here wanting to follow up and report back on our dinner at Koco's. First off - thank you everyone for suggesting it... It was THE perfect choice. All 4 adults got the crab cake special which was a crab cake, cup of MD crab soup and onion rings. When our meal arrived, I thought both of my friends face's would break in two; they were smiling so big. As I had mentioned previously, crab cakes are this couple's favorite meal - and they want to have them every time they come to visit me in Baltimore. I can officially say that I finally hit the jackpot with them. Koco's crab cakes were the size of grapefruits with true JUMBO lumps in them. I have read from others that they are somewhat bland so I was concerned... However they have shakers of Old Bay on the tables so that solved that problem! The other great aspect was the kid's corner. When I made the reservation I mentioned having a child in the party and they thoughtfully placed us at the table right by the toys. My friend's son was able to equally divide his time between the war between Batman and Superman and eating his hot dog. We were there for over 2 hours and he never got bored or antsy. Which thrilled my friends to no end as they could enjoy their "super crab cakes" even more that way. I would say that my only complaint was that my friends tried to order 4 more uncooked crab cakes to take home with them and they were sold out!

                On a personal note...I have never been a crab cake fan as I have never had a really great one. I much prefer crab the way God intended... backyard, newspaper, mallet and beer.... But I must say... These were pretty amazing and the pitchers of Yuengling were a mighty nice touch... My husband and I have lived literally down the street for almost a year and were shocked that we hadn't tried this place sooner... So I thank you all again.. I am sure we are about to become Koco's regulars...

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