7 adults, 4 small kids & Pasadena
Can anyone recommend a restaurant that would work for such a group? If the place has a private or semi-private area (given the young kids), even better.
As for types of food, we're open to anything, although probably nothing too exotic considering the young kids.
Price: Not really an issue, but price is probably self-limiting due to needing a place that will accommodate small children.
in no particular order, here is where we used to go with the krewe...(most of them 7 and under)
Il Fornaio mentioned below would place us in a remote corner, round table...let the games begin. Lots of bread and pasta...kid-tolerant.
Mijares- they have picnic-like bench big tables, and a heated patio(s) and are kid-friendly, beyond kid-tolerant...put it this way, everyone brings their kids and sometimes it resembles a modified playpen...but not Denny's. Mexican combo stuff and quesadillas or lots of rice for the LTOs (see below).
El Portal - same as above, tho food is better and atmosphere a bit more gentile, except the back room...they have a big back room where they generally "place" the families with an abundance of LTO's (Little Tiny Ones)
Panda Inn - pasteurized Chinese, but usually fresh and also food that is acceptable to LTO's...they had the benefit of small 10-15 person private dining rooms that had big round tables....the kids played in the room, underneath the table...those still crawling could be let loose without sending the waitstaff into a crazed response...it was our fall-back restaurant just because it was so user-friendly with the LTO's.
may the force be with you