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John Jan 25, 2005 11:27 AM

HELP! I am looking for a place for dinner in Long Beach. There will be a toddler going so please take that into consideration. We do not have a preferrence as to cuisine but some place were the toddler can eat and get out in a timely manner.

Thanks for everyone's help!

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    LBQT RE: John Jan 25, 2005 11:35 AM

    On Pine Ave., King's Seafood will do fine with a toddler. There's Islands down at the new Pike, across from the convention center, which is always toddler friendly. On 2nd Street (Belmont Shore), the Creperie, Open Sesame, and Shenandoah will all handle a toddler well.

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      dano1 RE: LBQT Jan 25, 2005 05:04 PM

      the new pike??? dang i have many memories of the old pike...i'm sure it ain't the same ;)

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      littleblackmaryjanes RE: John Jan 25, 2005 11:35 AM

      Kamal Palace Indian restaurant in the shopping mall on PCH near 2nd Street is good, reasonable, has friendly quick service, and is toddler-friendly - not formal; if the kidlet is picky he or she can probably eat rice or plain naan.

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        LBQT RE: littleblackmaryjanes Jan 25, 2005 12:40 PM

        The shopping mall is Marina Pacifica. Also there is Tai Pan. Good Americanized Chinese food, and great with toddlers. Catty corner from Marina Pacifica, in the Marketplace, is California Pizza Kitchen, Claim Jumper, some Texas steakhouse (I forget the name), and Jimmy's Seafood. Any of those would accomodate a toddler well, too.

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        bernardo RE: John Jan 25, 2005 09:28 PM

        Lucille's on 2nd St for gentrified Q (some may say emasculated, but who needs alll that excess grease really?), lotsa fun for all ages.

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          orlorb RE: John Jan 29, 2005 05:59 AM

          Cha Cha is a fun little carribean theme. Lobster paella is pretty good. Jerk chicken and asparagus soup is also good. Stiff drinks. Good bang for the buck. Ask the bartender to do his special trick. it entails a nail and a hammer, AND HIS FACE!! Trust me, you will not soon forget it!

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            la_vena RE: orlorb Jan 4, 2007 09:43 PM

            I thought Cha Cha's was closed down....Maybe it moved? And I thought it was Cha Cha Cha's. Maybe I'm way off on this.

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              CynD RE: la_vena Jan 5, 2007 01:53 AM

              Lasher's, 4th around Redondo. Kinda southern style (love their fried green tomatoes!) Christy's (iirc, also on 4th, can't remember the cross street). Frenchy's Bistro, Anaheim around Temple, for excellent French-Provencale.

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                SoCalMuncher RE: CynD Feb 21, 2007 02:18 PM

                Lasher's and Frenchy's, I would definitely NOT consider kid-friendly places.

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                  CynD RE: SoCalMuncher Feb 22, 2007 11:06 AM

                  I've done Lasher's brunch with young nieces and nephews, and it's been okay, and Frenchy's with a young, but not toddler, nephew. I guess I overlooked the toddler part of the question. On a nice night, the patio at Lasher's might do with a toddler

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                SRosie RE: la_vena Feb 21, 2007 12:29 PM

                They are sponsoring opening and closing night at the Garage Theatre in Downtown LB this month - I hope they haven't closed down!
                according to Yahoo! Cha Cha's is at 762 Pacific Ave

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              revets2 RE: John Jan 4, 2007 11:23 PM

              We eat at Bigg's on 2nd St. with my sisters three boys (4,2,6mos). We think it's some of the best food in LB, but it is LB.

              Also depends on if you're downtown or near 2nd st.

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                la_vena RE: revets2 Jan 5, 2007 12:48 AM

                Thanks, I'll look into Biggs!

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                FED RE: John Feb 21, 2007 04:25 PM

                depends on what you're looking for. biggs is awfully good for what it does. and i do think a toddler would be comfortable there. but it is "dinner out" food. if you're looking for something more in a family vein, you can't beat bake 'n' broil. mmmm, pie.

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                  Oh Robin RE: John Feb 22, 2007 07:39 AM

                  Family dining at family prices, Cafe Bixby on Atlantic.

                  Lamb chops fantastic (usually on special) $14.95

                  Chicken pot pie so good $8.95

                  Plus they do their own pizza... try gyro & feta w/ a side of ranch.

                  Owner always on site so service is top notch also.

                  Corner of Atlantic Ave & Roosevelt.

                  I can't believe people are suggesting all of these fancy places with a toddler. Puh-lease!

                  P.S. Go on Friday for Clam Chowder. And breakfast all day! (mmm... monte cristo)

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                    eglbc RE: John Feb 22, 2007 12:51 PM

                    Biggs is good and all, but waaay overpriced for what your getting. The food as well done, but there isnt justification for the price.

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