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Edmonton Kid-friendly?

I searched the board and couldn't really find specifics... I'll be in Edmonton with DH & my three kids (7 and under) Friday the 27th. I'm wondering where to go for lunch & dinner that day... Aside from the obligatory trip to WEM around lunch time I have no plans friday (DH will be busy 5-6pm) so dinner will likely be in the Delta Edmonton South.

- Where to take three kids for lunch in and around WEM?
- Are there any places within the Delta that are good? or is there anywhere I can order dinner from that'll deliver to the Delta? (I'd rather not go it alone at a restaurant with the kids)
- We need to leave in the early am Saturday(I have to be back for work at noon) where can we go for a good breakfast about 7 or 8 am?
- Are there specialty food stores in Edmonton that I should visit while I'm there...something Calgary doesn't have?

Thanks in advance!
M

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  1. In the Delta is a botaniCa where you can get steaks, burgers, etc. They also have Montreal smoked meat (used to be a Ben's).

    In and around WEM are mostly chains - places like Moxies, Boston Pizza, Tony Roma's, etc. will have kids menus. The T&T has a eat-in area if you want to go that route, but it gets really crowded in there on the weekend. There are a couple of food courts in the mall as well so if you have picky eaters that might be a good way to give everyone a varied choice in food.

    Other than McD's I can't think of a place that would be open that early... maybe someone else will have a suggestion. You may be better off picking up some bakery stuff somewhere on Friday and having that for breakfast.

    As for stores, I'm not sure there's someplace particularly special but if you have time while at WEM you may want to window shop at Le Gnome - expensive kitchen store.

    There are some cute stores (not food specific) on Whyte Ave if you want to do some strolling and shopping. Similar to say, Kensington and 17th mixed together. Lots of good restaurants there as well.

    1. Across the street, in the Greenwood Inn, there is a little restaurant called Dalton's. I've been a few times for breakfast and they open at 7:30 on Saturdays. I always see families in there. If not, there is a ABC (or humpty's) right beside that if you want something quick and dirty before leaving.

      Both WEM and your hotel are in busy areas, so you have a lot of eating options.

      1. The Golden Rice Bowl is very near your hotel and does great dim sung. If your kids eat Chinese dim sung can be fun with all the noise and carts. Chili's is quite close too and I like their kids' menu because it can come with real veggies and a grilled chicken breast.

        As for delivery to the hotel, look at dial and dine. There are many very good restaurants that will deliver to your hotel.

        http://www.dialanddine.ca/

        Early morning breakfast should be easy as most of the chains would be on your way out. I like White Spot because I think you can get fresh fruit with the kids breakfast.

        Around THE MALL it is tough if you want an independent.

        1. Your hotel is not far from the south Italian Centre. If you want to stay in you can pick up sandwiches, juice, and desserts there for dinner as well.

          1. There is also a Smitty's you can walk to for breakfast from the Delta. Not great food, but managing kids there shouldn't be a problem.

            The Italian Centre which was mentioned above carries unique products. They have great imported prosciutto and there is a Portguese olive oil there that is very good (lots of brands to satisfy personal tastes).

            Personally, I am partial to Marcheshyn's kobassa and I don't think you can get that in Calgary, but that's a bit off your path.

            Another option for lunch not far from the mall is Flamingo's Steak and Pizza 15835 87 Avenue. I haven't been there in a while, but it is kid friendly, a standard "Greek" type pizza/steakhouse that's not a chain.