MSP: Kid Friendly or NOT?!
Earlier tonight my DH and I were looking for a quick bite and friend suggested the Herkimer. I have been there before (before kids) and really enjoyed their beer and burgers.
Trouble was, they don't have booster seats for kids.
I wasn't looking for a restaurant with a kids menu, was I asking too much in expecting a booster seat?
Are there other non-kid friendly restaurants MSP parents should know about?
Some of us chowhounds might read Renee and Steve's reviews and since they've added a child to the mix, they are now rating kid friendliness in their reviews.
I hope this doesn't degenerate into a discussion on kids behavior, and where you think they do or don't belong. That's not where I'm going here.
Just wanted to say that Grand Cafe is surprisingly kid friendly -- one of those "nice" places that still works for kids. I have felt truly welcomed there when I've showed up with a baby, toddler, and kiddo and they have a toy stash they will pull out for you too. We've been there brunch, lunch, and dinner on a weekend (when we were happy to be tucked a bit out of the way).
No, it's not asking too much - we bring our kids out to eat all over the place and the only place I ever recall having trouble with seating was (surprisingly) the Pineda on Robert St - they had boosters, but the booths were so bouncy it was really perilous for a tot to sit on it.
But I think generally speaking, it's safe to assume you'll find a booster or high chair, and usually both - bummer that you didn't.
And of course that's not to say that I'd necesarily expect dive bars or $$$$ fancy schmancy places to have kid seating (although many of these do too).
Oh Mary, I'm so sorry you had a bad experience. I saw your post yesterday and just didn't have any flashes of brilliance, and, so, didn't respond. Now, I wish I had. Unfortunately, I think the sub-set of restaurants that are kid-friendly is smaller than the sub-set of restaurants that aren't, so I think it's easier to list the kid-friendly ones.
I think the "blue plate" chain caters to families--Longfellow/Highland/Edina/Groveland Tap and whatever their newest one is.
Lots of spots along University Avenue would be fine for kids: Little Szechuan, Que Nha, Saigon (haven't been to their new spot, though).
Kids love the momos at Everest on Grand.
Midtown Global Market is awesome for families as is Los Ocampo or La Hacienda along Lake St.
The Nook and its sister Shamrocks.
Also along West 7th, Day by Day Cafe.
Just about any place we have had a chowdown: Jun Bo or Mai Village or Crystal Bistro or Himalayan...
In Roseville: China Jen or Maverick's or that Indian place in the hotel.
Birchwood seems to embrace children.
Kid-friendly and vegetarian: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/534021
Kid-friendly and fun: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546050
Kid-friendly if you're visiting from SoCal http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/421204
Kid-friendly but still good for you http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/510158
I hope this helps!