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judyhorowitz Mar 10, 2008 02:47 PM

I'll be in Pittsburgh, actually McDonald, Pa.off 79 at the Bridgeville exit, babysitting for my three grandsons. Would like a suggestion for a good place, child-friendly, to take them to eat. Thanks.

  1. yayadave Mar 10, 2008 04:59 PM

    From McDonald, you go north until you hit rt.22. Then turn east for a few miles and get to the major shopping center area. There are Robinson Town Center, The Mall at Robinson, and The Pointe. I think you'll find the usual kid-friendly places. Not so usual is El Campesino, but very good for Mexican. The usual ones includes MacDonald's, Burger King, Fatburgers, Chick-fil-a, Boston Market, Cracker Barrel. Kids like these places, don't they.

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      Panini Guy Mar 11, 2008 08:30 PM

      You forgot Quaker Steak & Lube, Max & Erma's, Lone Star, Don Pablo's, Old Country Buffet, Chipotle, Red Lobster, Dingbat's, Kangaroo's, Eat N Park, Bob Evans, Steak n Shake, Subway, Yah Fe Chinese Restaurant... heck, what isn't there in Robinson?

      I'd add that if the kids enjoy video games and you've never been to a Dave & Busters', there's one at the Waterworks off the Squirrel Hill exit on I-376. The food isn't bad (and the sandwiches/burgers can be pretty good) and you might be surprised at how much you adults can spend on video games. We take kids there all the time and they love it.

      Another alternative near PNC Park - Atrias or Jerome Bettis Grille 36 and a short walk over to the Carnegie Science Center and Carnegie SportsPlex. Kids and adults enjoy both places.

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        yayadave Mar 11, 2008 10:55 PM

        I have a feeling that when they get with-in smelling distance of those places, the kids will let Granny know where they like to go.

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          punkgirl107 Mar 12, 2008 10:28 AM

          Kangaroo's and Dingbat's have been gone for quite sometime. I don't mean to be a smart*** but don't you get out much?

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            Panini Guy Mar 12, 2008 10:39 AM

            Thanks for the correction.

            I do get out a lot but not to Robinson much anymore. About the only times I'm over there these days if I'm returning from the airport and have nothing to eat at home in which case a salad at LoneStar or a bucket of wings from QS&L might be in order.

            I've never actually been to any of the other places listed except Chipotle (and note that I'm not totally out of touch - I didn't list Baja Fresh!) ;-)

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        AbbyFMiller Mar 12, 2008 11:33 AM

        By the way, Dave & Busters is at the Waterfront, not Waterworks.

        In the Shadyside area, there is Max N'Ermas, Buffalo Blues, the Sharp Edge, Thai Place, and China Palace.

        We also go to Mexico City downtown with the kids and they love it.

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          Panini Guy Mar 12, 2008 01:41 PM

          I guess PunkGirl really was right - I need to get out more ;0

          Since the OP isn't familiar with Pittsburgh, the Sharp Edge specializes in fine beers. It has some food, but it's really there for beer aficianados. I wouldn't bring kids there, but that's just me.

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            punkgirl107 Mar 13, 2008 03:33 AM

            I was only kidding with the not getting out much line. I just couldn't resist.

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              AbbyFMiller Mar 15, 2008 05:55 AM

              The Sharp Edge in Friendship is actually great for kids. The food is good - a big menu with lots of variety and a kids menu, a separate dining room, the whole place is now smoke-free, and it is reasonably priced. We were hesitant the first time we tried it but it was great!

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                Panini Guy Mar 15, 2008 09:50 AM

                Abby - I believe you, but I'm finding it hard to understand why they'd want it that way.

                I've only been to the one in Friendship twice. More often at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Crafton which is more "hardcore Belgian beer lover" for lack of a better phrase. I know the barkeeps at the Creekhouse pride themselves on their beer knowledge and talking to customers about beer. I think if it were up to them there wouldn't even be tables - just a bar encircling the space. Anyway, kids definitely wouldn't fit in the vibe in Crafton. I've never seen kids in Friendship, but I've only been there late at night.

                Still - if you're trying to cultivate a serious beer lover audience, offering a "kids menu" seems odd.

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            Rick Mar 13, 2008 06:08 PM

            Mad Mex, in Robinson, is a great place for kids. We go there often with our friends who have a 2 1/2 year old and we always have a good time. Happy hour from 5-7 with half off drinks and wings too. They've recently become all non-smoking.

            www.bigburrito.com

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              GeoNit Mar 14, 2008 01:45 PM

              You might want to consider a stop at Sarris Candies' factory store / ice cream parlor lodcated in Canonsburg, which is located about 10 miles (two exits) south of Bridgeville off of I-79.

              http://www.sarriscandies.com/menu.asp

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                Rick Mar 15, 2008 08:44 AM

                Great rec Geo, their ice cream is awesome.

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                  katherine_w Mar 15, 2008 03:17 PM

                  Benihana on Greentree Road is a really fun place to take kids - dinner and a show! It is pretty easy to get to from where you are.
                  Benihana
                  2100 Greentree Road
                  Pittsburgh, PA 15220
                  Phone: (412) 276-2100

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