Dining with a 3.5 year old...
- shiro miso Apr 17, 2008 01:34 PM
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?!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Am I right in thinking you would likely go earlier in the evening? If so, that always makes places easier for kids before the 8:00 crowds turn up. But in my circle of friends the places we have frequented with kids are below:
892 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J3, CA
401 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA
488 Cosburn Ave, Toronto, ON M4J2N5, CA
New York Cafe
757 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K2P6, CA
456 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P4, CA
673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA
Just wanted to add Quattro Ragazze to your kid-friendly list. Family owned and operated and they love children. On the Danforth about a block and half east of Coxwell.
Quattro 4 Ragazze
1792 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1H8, CANADA
re: peppermint pate
Hmm two high chairs can be an issue at some places! We actually purchased a portable folding chair that hooks onto tables and find that pretty handy (Phil and Ted's makes a similar one). www.weewelcome.ca has a section where people rate baby facilities at various restaurants and stores, but it is heavy on chains and seemed to be down when I checked yesterday.
TFT was actually featured by weewelcome as a baby-friendly place, even before that I had the definite impression, from the staff's attitude, that they really want to attract families.
Thanks - yes, 2 chairs can be hard - even places that have chairs typically only have 3 or 4 at best and if they're baby-friendly, the chances for us to snag 2 are limited. I know the Phil and Ted's chair that you mean and I think we're going to get ones like that. I once went on to the weewelcome site but it seemed to be pages and pages of chains so I didn't bother. I've been meaning to check out TFT for some time now - pre-kids in fact! - and with all the recent endorsements, it's definitely high on my list. Thanks again!
HAving been through this (twice) on the Danforth, I would add:
Avli (I think this was mentioned)
This ranges from lower to medium end, but I have to emphasize that so much depends on the child, as I'm sure you understand. In principal, I would say that most places would be OK, as long the child doesn't disturb other diners. We were ALWAYS prepared to leave if necessary. Fortunately we have two great kids who rarely had issues at that age and it happended maybe twice.