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Jul 17, 2008 08:05 AM

Where to eat in OC with a 10 month old that has good wine?

Looking for a place in OC or even Long Beach area that I can go with my 10 month old and have reasonably priced food and a nice glass of wine. Prefer American food. HB, CM, FV, areas are preferred. Thanks!

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  1. Maybe Old Vine Cafe in the LAB in Costa Mesa, or Onotria in Costa Mesa (although Onotria is Italian, not American food).

    As for Huntington Beach, this may sound a little out there based on your preference, but it's the best I could think of for HB away from Main St: Silk Thai. I don't see it on their online menu, but I'm pretty sure that you can order a dinner combo that includes a glass of decent wine.

    1. I'd recommend Belmont Brewery in Belmont Shore. It's good food, and they have a fish bowl which is great for the kids. If you make a reservation (which I do suggest, esp. on a weekend or week night around happy hour) ask for the table next to the fish tank. BBC is located just north of the Belmont Pier. I think they have a website, just do a search for Belmont Brewing Company.

      If you go in the middle of the week Walt's Wharf in Seal Beach might be okay, but on the weekends it's a mad house. They have great American food, and a nice wine list. It's one of my favorite restaurants.

      Lucille's BBQ (Belmont Shore), and Beachwood BBQ (never been but a friend loves it!) in Seal Beach might also be good choices. Both are casual, but might have a nice wine list.

      mom to 2 yr. old Elisa

      1. Britta's Cafe in Irvine.

        Quaint, yet quality little cafe in the University Shopping Center. Enjoy a little walk-around after dinner. They have a small patio for dining also. It's between Trader Joe's and the Edwards movie theater.

        1. Depending on the how your 10 month old acts, maybe you should try Cafe R&D at Fashion Island or Mariposa at lunch....hope this helps

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          1. re: bmweater

            R & D is good, but the only time I went there I thought the menu was fairly limited and the place was not well suited for babies or toddlers. My wife and I take our 2 year old and 6 month old to Fashion Island all the time b/c of the fountains, carousel and koi pond. When we want sit down American there, we go to the Yard House. Very good corporate food and very kid friendly, at least for lunch time.

            Another post also mentioned Onotria. I'm not sure that Onotria, since it is Italian country cooking and a bit expensive, is exactly what the OP had in mind. However, we were just there last week; not only was it outstanding, but there were several toddlers at other tables and running through the restaurant.

            My other suggestions really aren't American, but otherwise fit the bill: Garduno's in Costa Mesa; Sapori in Newport Beach and Maggiano's at SCP.

            1. re: lawdog262

              While Garduno's is one of my favorites, I don't think their wine list is anything to mention. I have brought my own juice in there on prior occassions simply because I thought the food deserved better.

          2. i'm really questioning how much good wine a 10-month-old could have. he hasn't been collecting all that long, really, has he? now a 2-year-old, I could see.