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Oct 4, 2008 01:44 PM

ISO: Kid friendly restaurants in Long Beach.

My friend is having his kid baptised in long beach and she's looking for a kid friendly restaurant for dinner.

I can't think of any restaurants other than the chowhound faves like frenchy's etc.....

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  1. Well since Frenchy's has a casual bistro vibe to it, I don't know that I'd cross it off. I'm not sure what "kid-friendly" means anyhow. Why not call them and see if it's appropriate.

    I've noticed a lot of kids at my local newish Italian that's pretty good.

    Frenchy's Bistro
    4137 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804

    Trattoria Limone
    3405 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

    1. Do you have a specific type of cuisine that you are interested in? or a particular part of Long Beach? There are many kid friendly places, but if you are a bit more specific, then I am sure you will get even more responses.

      1. Dale's Diner

        Dale's Diner
        4339 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808

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        1. re: Oh Robin

          Hi -

          I used to work in Long Beach, when my kids were under 10. The place they loved was "Johnny Rebs" on Long Beach Blvd. I imagine it's still there, but it's been a while! There is (are!) sawdust on the floor, peanuts on the table, a fun, southern ambience, friendly staff, and really is not a chain. Decent BBQ and other southern foods. The kids loved it and I didn't mind at all. They still talk about it -- and now they're gourmets!! (I have teenagers who like oysters on the half shell, escargot, places like Traxx, Patina and R-23, and me -- I'm broke!!) ;)

          One thing I should add (something I did not notice) -- A friend told me (after we went) that Johnny Rebs has some confederate decor. I never saw it, but, if true, that's despicable (to me).


          1. re: susiequeue

            Not sure about the decor, but Johnny Reb's had burned up and has finally reopened just a bit ago. It looks almost exactly the same, just a new improved kitchen. Food is just as good as before.

            1. re: susiequeue

              it would be really good if you actually did some checking before accusing a place of something like that. "Despicable if true" in the case of a restaurant is pretty close to "despicable if not true" in the case of a post. this is not some casual conversation where what you say to one person will be limited to that one person. this is online where thousands of people will read it and it will exist forever.

              Sorry to get so uppity about it, but I had breakfast at Johnny Reb's yesterday (long beach branch; biscuits and gravy, sausage, 2 eggs -- there is no better hangover cure), and the thing that struck me most was that it is probably one of the most racially integrated restaurants I've seen in Southern California (if, by integrated, you mean blacks and whites eating together ... along with a healthy mix of Latinos and several big Samoan boys). I'd say the crowd was about evenly split and when was the last time you saw that?

          2. I regularly eat in Long Beach with my 2 children, ages 6 and 13, and have no problem at the following restaurants: (1) Frenchy's--fabulous service and always willing to accomodate kids with altering the menu to their tastes; (2) Cafe Piccolo--on Broadway--nice garden, complete meals (bread, salad, entree, large portions); (3) Benlay Vietnamese Food -- wonderful food, for the more adventerous ; (4)Katella Deli--Truly Family Friendly, but down Willow in Los Alimitos; (5) The Mexican Restaurant in the Marina Pacifia -- nice brunch on Sunday, good the entire family--Good Luck!