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Feb 23, 2009 09:55 PM

Brea/Rowland Heights area

hello! i'm hosting a dinner for 10 women. a few of them might bring their kids (baby to toddler).

i'm looking for a child friendly (can't be cramped hole in a wall small) restaurant in the brea/rowlands heights area which offers good all you can eat or reasonably priced prix fixe. we're looking to eat at a location where we don't have to squabble over the bill.

much thanks in advance!

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  1. AYCE dinner? With kids? The only place that comes to mind is Souplantation in Brea, just off the 56 @ Lambert.

    A prix fixe dinner can be had at La Vie En Rose in Brea, off the 57 @ Imp Hwy.

    The Cat & The Custard Cup is probably closer to what you need, it's right off Harbor Blvd at Whittier, but it might be pricey for moms w/kids.

    Otherwise, you have a lot of chain choices @ the Brea Mall.

    Another easy bill-splitter would be the Melting Pot, also in Brea (Brea Blvd & Birch St).

    But I think what would fit the bill the best is a Chinese restaurant up in Rowland Heights....

    Cat & the Custard Cup
    800 E Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631

    La Vie En Rose Restaurant
    240 S State College Blvd, Brea, CA 92821

    555 Pointe Dr # 2, Brea, CA

    The Melting Pot
    375 W Birch St #1, Brea, CA 92821

    5 Replies
    1. re: OCAnn

      Thank you for your suggestions! Have you been to Taps Fish House? I heard they have a $25 3-course prixe fixe?

      1. re: trojanita

        Yes, I've been to Taps. I haven't seen their $25 3-course prix fixe, but if you go this week (OC Restaurant Week), they have a $20 prix fixe 3-course menu. We enjoy their food (esp seafood & oysters), but their parking & waiting can get a little irksome. So you'll either want to valet ($6?) or park in the structure across the street behind the Edwards movie theater, and make reservations to avoid the long weekend waits. -- OC Restaurant Week: Feb 22-28, 2009

        1. re: OCAnn

          I agree with OCAnn...Taps is one of the best restaurants in the area. You might like their Champagne Sunday brunch...there are lots of families on Sunday and a special kids station.

          1. re: OCAnn

            Yep, Taps would work. Their food is tasty and I love their bread - crusty sourdough with balsamic, olive oil, and chunks of garlic! I highly recommend the Calamari Provencale - flash fried calamari in worcestershire and butter sauce...delish!

            1. re: groover808

              Yes, the balsamic dipping sauce is divine!

      2. A little further west in Hacienda Heights is West Coast Seafood, the only really decent and authentic Chinese buffet in the L.A. area. It's on Azusa Ave. across from the west entrance to the Puente Hills mall. Chinese families always bring little kids so you wouldn't be out of place. I think weeknight dinner might be somewhere in the $15 range plus or minus.

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        1. re: Chelmoon

          I enjoy TAPS very much, and their three-course prix fixe meal is a great value. Now, I love going to Ong Ga Nae in Rowland Heights. They have a dish called Seng bulgogi that is prepared in a way that my wife says is the only restaurant that prepares it in this way. Go there, and order it, and there will be more than enough food to eat.

          1. re: nomo_fan

            "Saeng" literally translates to "plain", meaning un-marinated -- unusual for bulgogi, to be sure. There are places in K-town and in Garden Grove that do saeng bulgogi but I don't know enough about the Korean dining scene in Rowland Heights to be able to say whether there are other places that serve it.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Hey, Das Ubergeek. Yes. Saeng bulgogi is unmarinated bulgogi. Seng bulgogi is a dish that is grilled bulgogi soup. Saeng bulgogi are these rather plain pieces of meat that you grill so that you can wrap them in lettuce or whatever with a little soybean paste sauce and some rice and/or kim chee to eat. Seng bulgogi is a dish where there is bulgogi grilled on the top of a moat filled with a sukiyaki style broth. As the meat (and green onions and onions) grills, you let it slide down into the broth, and a taste of heaven forms. They give you a bowl so that you can drink the broth as it reduces. It's great!!!! More flavorful than the genghiskhan at Seoul Garden in K-Town.

        2. Do NOT take small children to the Cat & The Custard Cup or La Vie en Rose. Taps would be acceptable in this situation.

          1. wow, thank you so much for all the recommedations and comments. i just booked taps for dinner and everyone is looking very forward to it.

            THANK YOU, everyone!