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Apr 28, 2010 10:18 PM

Kid Tolerant Foodie Restaurants?

Hi there, we'll be in Seattle for the weekend celebrating our daughter's 4th birthday. We are in the industry so our daughter has eaten out quite a bit and I would say that she has good restaurant manners (most of the time). We are looking for places with a casual/nice ambiance with fresh, whole foods. We really liked the menu at "Black Bottle" but they it's 21 and up. Any suggestions that would compare to this?

Friends have recommended Delancey for Pizza (however we're not big on waiting) and Boat Street for French and Parfait for Ice Cream.

Thanks for any suggestions,

MM. Gordon

Boat Street Cafe
909 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

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  1. Quinns is a good bet, the owners have kids, so although it isn't intended for families it works well.

    Also do a search, there are a couple threads on this topic.

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    1. re: bluedog67

      thanks for the suggestions and will search the threads as well!

      1. re: Hotyummy

        Two other thoughts are Vios, which is supposed to be great for kids and the Flying Squirrel for a kid friendly pizza without the wait at Delancey (not the exact same kind if pizza, but very good


        1. re: PaqpIn

          If pizza is the thing, Veraci is also good.

    2. Not as upscale as Black Bottle, but the food is tasty and the atmosphere is super kid-friendly at Five Spot in Queen Anne. I've never had a bad meal there, the beer list is solid, and the regularly rotating menu is always fun. Plus they have kid friendly items like amazingly good mac n cheese for the little ones.

      Five Spot Restaurant
      1502 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

      Black Bottle
      2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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      1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

        The Five Spot is a perfect place to take kids for dinner. They have pretty good food and a rotating concept that makes for a festive dining experience. They have a kids' menu, crayons, etc., and there are plenty of other kids in the dining room, but you won't feel like you're eating at Red Robin or similar.

        Five Spot Restaurant
        1502 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

        1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

          Have to disagree on the 5 Spot. Yes, it's not bad for kids but the food is overpriced and the quality has really gone down. Lunch is still OK but I'd pass on dinner.

          I strongly second Flying Squirrel and I'll also toss in a vote for Chinook's. Sure, it's not the top seafood place in the Seattle but the food is pretty good and the atmosphere is perfect for kids with lots of room and tons for them to look at (boats, water, etc.)

          1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

            And not to be confused with the 5 Point cafe which is a total dive bar with greasy food and insanely loud music. Somehow the Hi Point and 5 Spot got messed up in my brain when I was looking for a place to eat in Belltown. After eating there, I couldn't help thinking 'What's wrong with the Seattle CH'ers?' I'm glad to see it was me, not you all.

          2. Too options
            1) Cafe Lago in the Montlake Area
            2) Pair in Ravenna ( if you go early)

            Cafe Lago
            2305 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

            1. Need a kid-friendly resto for Saturday night dinner and Sunday brunch. We did 5 Spot last time, so I'm looking for something else. We'll have a car but would like to stick in QA. Help!

              I'd love to do Toulouse Petit, but I fear the wait and menu won't go over are 5 and 2.

              1. Vios on Capitol Hill has excellent greek food and has a kid play area!

                Flying Squirrel in Mt. Baker has addictive pizza, good music and worthwhile beer on tap.

                Huarachito's, near Columbia City on the light rail line, has astounding mexican food.

                As an aside, on the weekend, my three year old is far more pleased by dim sum than brunch because there are lots of kids and moving carts.

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                1. re: foodieseattlelady

                  Thanks so much! Any places in QA you can recommend? I'm currently pondering Emmer & Rye...

                  Side note, considering the kid-haven that is Queen Anne, I can't believe there are so few places offhand that are considered foodie and kid-friendly...prove me wrong CHers!

                  Queen Anne Cafe
                  2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

                  1. re: mcmullek

                    ...considering the kid-haven that is Queen Anne ...

                    Wow, I didn't know QA was a kid haven. I've always been impressed by the lack of them. Don't get me wrong. I love kids - I just don't want to spend a small fortune on a meal and be forced to listen to someone's children's dulcet tones. There's a time and a place and usually a true "foodie" haven isn't the place for them.