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Oct 2, 2008 12:50 PM

Pls Rec Providence Restaurants Kid Friendly

Can you please recommend restaurants in Providence that would be kid friendly. Nothing fancy, just good food.


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  1. My rec would be Red Stripe. It's in Wayland Sq., reasonably priced French bistro fare, excellent kids menu, great fries, fun desserts.

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    1. re: winedude

      Red Stripe is an excellent rec. We usually go there when we want something decent but have our kids (7 & 4) with us. The food isn't "to die for", but it's pretty good, and it has a fun, lively atmosphere.

    2. Gregg's is always a safe bet. A step up from a diner, but very kid friendly. I am not a fan of red stripe, I find it noisy and the food eneven, and sometimes mediocre. Blaze and Apsara are also kid friendly, and the former makes great french fries!

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      1. re: bawc

        If I had kids, I'd head to Angelo's Civita Farnese on Federal Hill for Italian. As much as Gregg's isn't my thing, I have to admit that it would work beautifully as well.

        1. re: Garris

          Not a fan of Gregg's AT ALL, with or without kids. I've actually found recently that, since the smoking ban went into effect, one of the best places to take my kids is a sports bar. Basically, even on their worst day, they're generally not the loudest people in there. One of our favorites is Blake's Tavern, across from Local 121, on the corner of Washington & Matthewson. The chilli is great, their chicken parm is as good as anything on the Hill (and aptly named "The Hill"), and they have decent, but definitely not fancy, food. My kids always have a great time there.

          1. re: dagwood

            Dave&Busters in the Prov Place Mall is kid-friendly, as is Gregg's and Chelo's. Red Stripe is NOT a restaurant for little kids , by any means.

            1. re: OOliver

              Yah, but.....this poster included "good food" in her request for ideas.

              I think that Red Stripe IN GENERAL is not a bad rec---except that there's not a lot of room for moving around in there----a kid who needs to get up and walk will get trampled by a waiter or get in someone's way.

              Angelo's is 100% dead on perfect. My kids (10 and 7, and well behaved enough for Red Stripe, though they don't like it that much) adore Angelo's and my son thinks that the plain spaghetti w/butter there is somehow different than what could be made at home.

              I'd also take kids to Oak, if the newer comments on it are accurate---used to be great for kids, but not so great for adults----would love it if the food and service now made it worth going to.

              Anything in that little Oak Hill shopping plaza is kid-friendly---and a handful of them are among our favorite restaurants for the food. We frequent LJ's BBQ, Rasoi and Garden Grill w/our kids and they're all good for this purpose.

              1. re: OOliver

                I've taken my 4 and 7 year old to Red Stripe multiple times, without issue. They both loved it. They have a decent kids menu, and an open kitchen which they enjoy watching. I probably wouldn't take them at 8 in the evening, but for a 5 pm dinner I think Red Stripe is a great place for a chow family.

                1. re: OOliver

                  I don't think food straight off the back of a Sysco truck counts, even if it is for kids.

                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                    Heh----I'll have to quote that.

                    Exactly, though----if you have kids, there's no reason to forfeit decent food. There are places that really accommodate families well (hell, stop by Hope St. Pizza or Apsara on Hope on a Friday night and if you're an adult, you'll be totally outnumbered) and have decent to very good food.

                    Some friends of ours go to Andrea's on Thayer almost weekly w/their kids, and have gone since the kids were very small (they're 10 and 7 now). We're just not in the habit of going there, but that's another place that's good w/kids.

                    Blue Elephant too, right? I haven't been, but I hear it's great and family friendly.

                    And I can't emphasize enough---how much we like LJ's and Rasoi and Garden Grille w/the kids. All three have incredibly great, kid-friendly service (okay, maybe Garden Grille a little less so, but still not bad) and great food.

                    1. re: Moonpie1

                      I just remembered---we also love Haruki (both locations) w/kids. Now that they're 10 and 7, this is easier----it's not a place where I'd want to be w/a restless 3 yr old, but I've seen it done, and it didn't affect the atmosphere for those of us there w/o kids at all.

                      1. re: Moonpie1

                        My kids both LOVE Haruki and Rasoi. And they are fairly young (4 & 7). They have a harder time finding things they like at Rasoi (my son has this issue with anything in a "sauce" or "gravy"), but he's happy to chow down on naan the entire time. He can eat an entire order of garlic naan by himself.

                  2. re: OOliver

                    We go to Red Stripe all the time with our 4 year old. There are usually 3 or 4 other tables with young children at them. One we were seated next to a table with 7 babies at it. I've found the wait staff to be really great with kids, and the line cooks will show our daughter how the fryer works, which she thinks is really cool. It's noisy enough in there that a little kid noise doesn't bother anyone.

                    Red stripe has a good kid's menu and great fries. They bring out crayons so kids can color on the table while they wait.

            2. My kids and I love East Side Pockets on Thayer. There are a good variety of kid friendly finger foods. The atmosphere is very casual and is counter service only. In warmer weather, they have outside seating and all of this for not much money. How can you lose?