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Baby friendly restaurants in Philly or burbs?

My husband and I go out to eat all the time and we have our first baby on the way (hopefully any day now!) we want to continue to be able to go out to eat and bring our little one with us. We want to be able to enjoy ourselves, while being least disruptive as possible to other diners! I know many chain restaurants are child friendly, but we really want to avoid chains. Any suggestions for good restaurants where we can stop in for an early dinner or weekend lunch (before it gets full of the weekend crowds) that is an "adult" restaurant but is child friendly enough that we will not be completely disruptive?

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    1. Congratulations! I was about to post the same thing as Chefpaulo about the temperament of the baby. With a mellow baby, you can go almost anywhere for the first several months. Any restaurant that is relatively casual, or has a moderate noise level is fine. Places I've seen you mention, like Taste of Portugal, Picanha Grill, really just about any of the Northeast Philly places would be fine.

      It's when the baby gets a little older that things get more difficult. When s/he is no longer content just lying in a carrier, then you have to be ready to eat in shifts while the other parent takes the baby outside, walks around, etc.

      You'll figure it all out.

      1. First off, Congratualtions!!! My first is 16 months now and it's amazing journey.

        I've always liked bringing my son to loud places, as I feel less stressed when I know I'm not disturbing other people. When you're comfortable, the baby's comfortable! Anywhere that's busy, or well lit will be a nice distraction for them, too. Also, you want to know if they have changing facilities in the bathrooms. That'll tell you how they feel about babies. I live in DE, so I don't know too many places in your area, but used to take him to a local Mexican restaurant, Iron Hill, Christophers in Wayne. Family owned places and diners are good, too. They'll fawn all over the baby!

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        1. re: jessicheese

          I agree that while the baby is in the infant carrier (the first 4-5 months or so) you can pretty much go anywhere. The baby is like luggage ;) After that, it does get tougher (especially if you want your baby to go to bed at a reasonable time, in their crib)

          I have two kids (ages 2 and almost 5) and we were big foodies before kids. Now we prefer to get a sitter and enjoy our meal out ;) When our kids were little we would go to Blue Fin a lot (on the early side) since it was near our house. I agree that Christophers in Wayne is a great spot. Assuming you live in Ambler (I live there too!) I would say that around here the best places to go with kids are the Fireside Grille (never been but my friends love taking their kids there), you can probably get away with Pistachio on the earlier side as well as Zakes. I find places in Ambler to be pretty kid friendly. Cho-cho san in North Wales is very kid friendly. Really most places are if you go BEFORE SIX! on a sat night. (Exception -- when your little one is asleep in the infant carrier)

          Anyway, I feel like I am rambling! I'm happy to chat with you more about this since we live in the same area! :) Jen

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            1. More examples, please. We stick to a lot of diner and deli type places with our 9-month old, but if we're in the mood for something more upscale and adult, we've had great success at Jones and Continental-Old City for brunch, lunch and early dinner.