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Detroit Area (Troy/B'ham) - Chowish friends with 10 mo. old?

Ludlows23 Jan 15, 2009 07:13 PM

Help! I have some very Chowhoundish friends coming in from out of town with their 10 mo. old baby. I do NOT want to go to some family joint like Champs. The baby is generally well behaved - where can I go that won't sacrifice food with a baby?


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    boagman RE: Ludlows23 Jan 15, 2009 08:20 PM


    Um, to your house? "Generally well-behaved 10-month-old" is, in my opinion, akin to "generally well-behaved serial killer...I mean, he doesn't kill *that* often...".

    And honestly, I'm not even being too comical here: how about some takeout from Noble Fish in Clawson? Buy a whole bunch of rolls and such, take them to your place, and go *nuts*! Sushi is a great, great way to have a party right at your house, and Noble Fish just has the best in the area.

    I suppose you could also take them to the sushi bar itself, but it might be a bit crowded to get a table of five (4 adults and 1 child). Great place, though.

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      grouper RE: Ludlows23 Jan 16, 2009 02:56 AM

      Maybe try the new Toast on Pierce in Birmingham. There are always kids at the Ferndale location and they have a good menu. Plus, I think they serve drinks in Birmingham.

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        berkleybabe RE: grouper Jan 17, 2009 11:06 AM

        Tavern on 13 (Southfield and 13 Mile) is ays reliably good, with an adult atmosphere that is also family ccommodating. You might want to ask for a quiet place on the top level. Small plates, large plates, excellent ribs, good fish, daily specials. Have fun, post where you went.

      2. JanPrimus RE: Ludlows23 Jan 18, 2009 03:25 AM

        I have taken my young kids to Slow's BBQ many times....or get take out from Lazybones.

        Loui's Pizza

        Just off the top of my head for now....Need Coffee before I can think better.

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          Jim M RE: Ludlows23 Jan 18, 2009 05:00 AM

          How 'bout one of the various delicatessens? I like the Stage on Orchard Lake, but there are others closer to where you are. Should be very family-friendly, and a real taste of OC.

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            xman887 RE: Ludlows23 Jan 18, 2009 06:23 PM

            good for you to go out with someone bringing their 10 month old. we took our kids out very early and very often. the adapted well. if they started acting up, one of us would take them away from the table. it is also a matter of timing (when did they last eat, sleep, have a diaper change, etc.) and choosing a place that will work (not too quiet, formal, etc.)

            in troy, how about ticondaroga at sylven glen golf course (rochester, north of long lake) or the alibi (rochester north of square lake). beware of the alibi, though - no reservations. you don't want to use up the kid's window waiting for a big table.

            or go up to rochester: rochester mills or the hills grille.

            royal oak: bastone or royal oak brewery

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              Ludlows23 RE: xman887 Jan 22, 2009 10:14 AM

              Thanks for all of the suggestions! The friends got snowed in last weekend, so we are trying for a "do over" this weekend. they take their daughter out quite a bit, so hopefully things won't be too rocky. I am leaning towards either Mon Jin Lau (its not a "shhh" quiet place) or Bastone.

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                xman887 RE: Ludlows23 Jan 22, 2009 09:01 PM

                both are great choices

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                  kellycolorado RE: xman887 Jan 31, 2009 06:12 PM

                  We've taken the kids to both- I'd doubt anyone will even notice.

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                  AmyIM RE: Ludlows23 Feb 4, 2009 07:38 PM

                  Bastone is Kids Eat Free on Sundays too--not that a 10 month old eats enough to get his own plate. But it's a very kid friendly atmosphere. I've been with a big group of friends and all our kids on kids eat free night (five of them, only one of whom was over five), and the servers were WONDERFUL and dealt with them beautifully. The Emory is good, and I can second Rochester Mills and Royal Oak Brewery (and probably Detroit Brewing Co. too). Mr. B's was nice as well, but very crowded and smoky. I have no idea of this is even still open, but Ballie Corcaigh in Corktown was great too.

                  We've eaten with our two all over, and find the key is "go early." What we try to do with childfree friends is go early and then have them back to our place for a drink after the kids go to bed so we can still talk!

                  Another place that did well with our kids was brunch at La Dolce Vita, although our daughter was just a baby last time. All the servers (and many of the diners) fussed over her when we had to walk her around when she got a little antsy.

              2. Robbwith2bees RE: Ludlows23 Feb 5, 2009 07:16 AM

                Not sure if you're into the whole "Bar & Grill" thing, but Joe Kool's in Troy at the corner of John R & Big Beaver is pretty good. They have a kid's menu (not that a 10-mth old will utlize it, but it shows they're kid-friendly), and good food to boot. Very relaxed atmosphere. Never had to wait more than 5-10 min's for a table.

                [edit: and third'd for Rochester Mills, but sometimes the wait sucks.]

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                  kellycolorado RE: Robbwith2bees Feb 5, 2009 10:00 AM

                  That reminds me- Mind, Body and Spirits in downtown Rochester has a kids menu with quality ingredients. We've gone upstairs twice and eaten with them/had coffee. Things like grassfed beef nachos with homemade chips and organic milk or non HFCS soda. Delicious. Their menu is online at http://www.mindbodyandspirits.com .

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                    xman887 RE: Robbwith2bees Feb 5, 2009 05:27 PM

                    joe kool's is another family friendly place with decent food. my 8 and 9 year old girls like to go there. and you are right, there is hardly ever a wait - even though the place is usually fairly busy.

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