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Dinner Recomendations for Saturday

My husband's birthday is Saturday and I would like to take him somewhere great for dinner. The catch is that there will be 7 of us & 3 of the seven are children (ages 9, 7 and 9 months). My stepkids (the 9 & 7 year olds) are pretty good eaters & are very well behaved so that's not too much of an issue but they are a bit picky. Looking for something relatively kid friendly (no Indian or anything too spicy) but better than the usual chain restaurants. We would also need a high chair. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edited to say that this is for Calgary......Sorry!

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  1. Any particular city you have in mind?

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    1. I think the Moroccon Castle could be fun for you guys, great setting for a birthday, and a lot of fun for the kids.

      1. We've taken the kids to Thomsons at the Hyatt quite a few times for brunch and for dinner. They have a kid's menu and high chairs AND a nice menu for Mom & Dad. Not a chain per se, but not a no-way-are-your-kids-coming-in-here place either. Bonus: comp parking EDIT:....ooooh waaait a sec, the Junos! Nevermind...the Hyatt will probably be impossible to get to. Hmmm...I'm heading to the FlightDeck bar & grill friday with the family, they just opened this week and are claiming to be family friendly...I can report back but that would be rather short notice.

        *ack* ok other places coming to mind at the moment that are family friendly and aren't in the core are all breakfast/brunch places... Cora's, Nellie's, or hey Diner Deluxe does dinner too don't they? http://www.cuisineconcepts.ca/diner/d... Ok so not high end but still family friendly! (FYI 15% grat for parties of 7 or more, parties of 8+ will be seated at separate tables, BYOW $15/bottle corkage).

        Well...that was a bit disorganized sorry...stream of consciousness from a rather tired mother of three what can I say?

        Let me know where you end up DH's birthday is in May :)

        1. How about Chinese? There were plenty of kids at Golden Inn when we were there for Chinese New Year, and the food was amazing.

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          1. re: John Manzo

            We do Chinese alot. We just found out that my stepdaughter has a shellfish allergy which makes me a little scared to take her out for Chinese. I've heard that many people with seafood allergies have cross-contamination issues at Chinese restaurants.

          2. DT will be crazy with the Juno party starting today. If you live down south you might want to try Newport Grill on Bonavista Lake, Broken Plate, Bolero, Bills or Ginger Beef House. SOME of the Private (some allow dinner guests) or Semi-Private golf clubs have great menus, as well as a great view. Most have a family dining room, high chairs and Chefs that do the summer/winter resort circut and have a fresh flavor. I would check out Heritage Pointe, Canyon Meadows, Elbow Valley or one of the several other courses off of Highway 8.

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            1. re: cdn

              Speaking of golf clubs, Priddis Greens gets rave reviews.

            2. How about one of the Italian places in town like Il Giordano, Il Gallo Nero or Buon Gurno (sp?)? Or perhaps the back room of Wildwood?

              1. Question is, someplace great meaning great food, or someplace "nice"?

                If you're looking only for great food, Korean BBQ would be my suggestion. No seafood contamination (this is a valid concern at Chinese restaurants imo), food that's pretty approachable (how do you go wrong with BBQ chicken, beef, ribs!? :) ), and some good food for those not as picky. Lebanese, or Greek, are also good options for decent food that have fairly child friendly atmospheres. Sahara, or Aida's would work for Lebanese. As for greek, pick your favorite place. Im fine with Santorini, or Ouzo, though not thrilled with any of the greek in town really.... call ahead on high chairs though - im fairly lacking in those experiences here in Calgary.

                Places like Big Fish, Pulcinella, Casbah, Marathon, etc... have good atmospheres, but the food might be a bit particular, seafood related, or just not that good .

                If you're talking about someplace nice, i don't find there are a lot of nicer places that are child friendly here in town. Atmospheres that might work would be a lot of the Italian suggestions. A private room somewhere (though your numbers are pretty low for private rooms). Would someplace like Smugglers work?

                Regardless of where you go, best of luck to you!

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                1. re: yen

                  I meant great food. I lived in Austin, TX before moving to Calgary & I was queen of the hole in the wall restaurants there. I always perfer great food to great atmosphere with mediocre food. Thanks for the suggestions!

                  1. re: Merry113

                    Love Austin. Love Lockhart. Luling. San Marcos. Sigh...

                    A thought just crossed my mind. With the kids, is a trip out to Canmore doable? Lot of good resataurants there that are all a lot more casual and child friendly...

                    Laurier Lounge might also work. They have a small private room upstairs... and the food is diverse enough that it could appeal to different folks .I thought it was decidedly average, but i know a lot of people who like it.I'm coming to realize i don't have the same taste as most people...must be my Swedish upbringing! :)

                    1. re: yen

                      I miss the food in Austin terribly. I sigh alot. :)

                      We may end up postponing the dinner since I am sick & so is the baby. I may suggest the trip to Canmore when we go.

                      1. re: Merry113

                        I'm VERY good at helping fellow US ex-pats count their blessings here if you need help with the sighing.

                        Meantime, feel better soon! There are lots of good eats in these here parts!

                          1. re: yen

                            If you kids don't quit sighing I'm turning this car around!

                        1. re: Merry113

                          Sorry to hear your plans got put on hold. Hope you & baby are feeling better soon Merry

                          1. re: maplesugar

                            Thanks! Hopefully we'll be better soon & can try out some of the great suggestions here. We haven't been eating out as much lately b/c I wasn't sure what was "baby friendly" and didn't want to end up somewhere that wasn't and feel akward.