Camelback Inn end of June
These are some good places within a five-mile radius of the Camelback Inn:
Delux -- good burgers, panini, and salads; slightly hip but family-friendly at the same time; kids will love the fries served in a miniature shopping cart; adults will love the huge selection of draft beer
Noca -- at first glance, it might seem too upscale and foodie-centric for dining with kids, but the staff are actually quite accomodating. The simply Sunday supper is a great bargain and is based on comfort foods that most kids will accept.
Chelsea's Kitchen -- I've been skeptical about this place, but my wife is still raving about a meal she had there last week; definitely family-friendly
LGO Pizzeria -- very nice pizza on a trend corner; expect all-but-mandatory valet parking; that hassle can be offset by indulging in dessert at Arlechino Gelateria next door. Arlecchino is not to be missed.
Radio Milano -- Italian from same people behind Chelsea's and LGO. Can also be combined with Arlecchino
L'Amore -- neighborhood Italian; might be most likely place for that rigatoni bolognese
Humble Pie -- artisanal pizzeria; despite efforts to market itself as "adult" (no high chairs), I see plenty of kids there
3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
La Grande Orange Grocery
4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
3950 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ
6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
L Amore Restorante
3159 E Lincoln Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Your comment about Humble Pie sparked my interest. I ate at the new Desert Ridge location on Saturday night and they were quite accommodating to my (almost) 2-year daughter. They had high chairs and a kid's menu (which, by the way, offers the same cheese pizza that is on the regular menu for nearly 1/2 the price). Maybe this location is more kid friendly?
Interesting. I've never been to the Desert Ridge location, but the Web site notes the new kid's menu without making a distinction between the two locations. Maybe the restaurant has been humbled (sorry, couldn't resist) after complaints from ornery parents like me. I'll have to go back and maybe upgrade my appraisal of the restaurant. I don't really care so much about the kid's menu since kids can easily share adult pizzas, but the lack of high chairs is what I found annoying. Thanks for the update.
I have been to Chelsea's Kitchen, Humble Pie, Noca and Delux with kids and all are kid friendly in their own way. Chelsea's Kitchen is probably the most obviously kid friendly but the last time I was at Noca for the Simple Supper there were at least three other tables besides ours with kids.
Bumping this thread for an update: We ate last night at Humble Pie's original location in Hilton Village. There has definitely been a change in attitude at both locations. A high chair was provided, along with a kid's menu and a few crayons. Our server seemed very savvy about the needs of a party with a toddler and paced the meal accordingly (in other words, faster). At the same time, the adult menu has not been watered down at all. In terms of food, beverage, and decor, Humble Pie is in a completely different league than Peter Piper, Pizza Hut, etc.
We enjoyed our food a lot more this time, Maybe it was a subconscious effect from feeling more welcome or maybe we ordered more intelligently last night. In any case, I feel much better about this restaurant and am pleased to see it made some changes based on customer feedback and/or the weak economy.