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Apr 17, 2008 01:34 PM

Dining with a 3.5 year old...

Hi Everyone,

My 3.5 year old son and I are looking for places to have the *restaurant experience* in the Danforth/Leslieville/Beaches area of the city. I am looking for kid-friendly but not total garbage food. ;-)

If anyone has had good experiences in these areas with young children, please share! My son is quite well behaved, but won't sit for long periods without losing it a little bit (what 3.5 year old can?!)

Thanks all,

Shiro Miso.

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  1. Seven Numbers on the Danforth, or really any Greek spot on the Danforth. All very family friendly. And loud! But I suppose that comes with the territory. :)

    Now that the weather is nicer, maybe a spot with a patio out on the street? Lots of things to watch to keep your son entertained.

    1. Il Fornello is very kid friendly. The food is decent for what it is and you won't get any attitude from the staff for having the "nerve" to dine out with your child.

      1. For brunch another couple and us have taken our two now-two year olds to Hello Toast and Barrio on a number of occasions. The Sunshine Cafe in the Beach is pretty accommodating as well for lunch (they are used to the mommy crowd).

        Il Fornello on Queen was excellent to us the one time we were in there. Very helpful and incredibly sweet!

        1. There are always a few strollers parked in front of Melanie's on the Danforth just west of Woodbine. The food is pretty good.

          Melanie's Bistro
          1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

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          1. re: JamieK

            Just thought of another one -- Ten Feet Tall is kid-friendly. Try the sweet potato frites.

            Ten Feet Tall
            1381 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

          2. Here's a recent article in Toronto Life that you might find interesting. It has some suggestions of kid-friendly (as well as kid-unfriendly) establishments:

            On the Danforth, I'd recommend Mezes for a kid-friendly restaurant.

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            1. re: phoenikia

              Thank you all so much for your suggestions. I have been meaning to try out Ten Feet Tall forever... didn't realize they were kid - friendly.

              1. re: shiro miso

                I live in the Beaches and we regularly take our two and a half year old to The Beacher Cafe -- Queen and Maclean. It is very kid-friendly and the servers are all about getting things to the table as quickly as they can manage and it is usually quite full with families and kids.

                Food is standard brunch fare - my son like the kid's order of French toast and the waffles. They have a narrow outdoor seating area that would be great on a weekday.

                1. re: shiro miso

                  TFT is definitely very kid-friendly in attitude. My only concern is that the food can take a while, especially if they are busy. I suggest ordering the sweet potato fries for your son to nibble on as soon as you sit down.

                  Three's Company have always been friendly to us at brunch. Euro Crepe Cafe is casual, but they really get it there, they make my kid's crepe first.

                  1. re: julesrules

                    To add to the chorus of comments - we've taken our 17 month old to Melanie's and 10 Feet Tall about 6 times in the past month - both places are very baby friendly!