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Jun 28, 2008 09:51 PM

Visiting from SF with 5 yr old: Recs?

Hello everyone,

Our dear friends live near Griffith Park and are moving to Burlinton, VT later this month, so we're coming down 7/10-7/13 for a gloriously laid-back send-off. They also have a 5 year old girl and I was wondering if any of you could help with a few places we shouldn't miss while we're down your way. Unique, kid- friendly, moderately priced (under $30) and a reasonably priced kids menu to boot would be awesome. I don't get down to your neck of the woods too often, so I'm looking for something I can't get at home, especially small places that are big on flavor and fun. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Raffi's Place in glendale is very family, great Persian food, close to Griffith park.

    Raffi's Place Restaurant
    211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

    1. There is always Farmers Market--the grownups can have tacos from Loteria, or curries from Singapore's Banana Leaf, while the five year old can be adventurous, or get a grilled cheese sandwich or a burger or a slice of pizza. And then, when you have exhausted the five year old's patience, s/he can wander within eyesight while you continue to gab....

      1. Not a kid's menu place, but worth the wait and sugar high, The Griddle Cafe.

        Also good for kids and Italian is Angeli Caffe - they give kids pizza dough to play with too.

        Guelaguetza for Mexican w/ kiddie menu

        Border Grill in Santa Monica

        Tam O'Shanter is kind of fun and has a small kids' menu

        In case they're with you near the airport, try Pann's.

        Blue Marlin on Sawtelle

        The Counter is entertaining for kids for burgers

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        1. re: Emme

          i love the counter, but i recommend that if you choose to go there (it is in santa monica, far from your location), do NOT go anytime near lunchtime on a weekday.
          they are located across the street from a large office complex and are always beyond PACKED with regular orders and to-go orders at that time of day.

        2. if you are going to be on the eastside, places I would go:

          for a beautiful outside weekend brunch hit edendale. it's a lovely spot with good food, very family friendly but still polished.

          i love clancy's crab shack in glendale for massive lump crab meat cocktails and raw oysters, and many other kinds of seafood. very casual, fun...very family friendly.

          for dinner try vinoteca wione bar in los feliz. it is attached to a brazilian restaurant which makes it more casual, and they serve small plates and entrees. i like the food, the wine and the service.

          owned by the same people as vinoteca is farfalla on the same block for very good italian in a laid back atmosphere.

          pete's cafe downtown is kid friendly. not in the bestest neighborhood, but this is a bright friendly artsy cafe/pub on a corner with lots of windows, decent food and good people watching.

          there is also 15 in echo park. small newish restaurant, lots of locals go in there with their kids. i love the cozy yet contemporary atmosphere and the chef's way with vegetables.

          also, in atwater village (bridges silverlake with glendale) try canele. brilliant food and again, a lively neighborhood atmosphere where locals bring their kids. people from atwater walk to this place. it's lovely.