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trojanita Feb 23, 2009 09:55 PM

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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    trojanita Mar 2, 2009 10:34 PM

    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!

    1. Funwithfood Mar 1, 2009 07:57 PM

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

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        Chelmoon Feb 25, 2009 08:32 AM

        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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          nomo_fan Mar 1, 2009 07:33 AM

          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
            Das Ubergeek Mar 1, 2009 09:53 PM

            "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.

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              nomo_fan Mar 1, 2009 10:47 PM

              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.

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                Das Ubergeek Mar 2, 2009 07:40 AM

                Mmmm, that sounds good!

        2. OCAnn Feb 24, 2009 07:39 AM

          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....

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          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

          Souplantation
          555 Pointe Dr # 2, Brea, CA

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

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            trojanita Feb 24, 2009 10:14 PM

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

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              OCAnn Feb 25, 2009 07:27 AM

              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.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/595261 -- OC Restaurant Week: Feb 22-28, 2009

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                attran99 Feb 25, 2009 07:44 AM

                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.

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                  groover808 Mar 1, 2009 08:17 PM

                  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!

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                    Funwithfood Mar 2, 2009 06:37 AM

                    Yes, the balsamic dipping sauce is divine!

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