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Kid Friendly place for lunch, downtown LA

Phurstluv Jul 16, 2010 05:24 PM

Did a search, and came up with zippo. Looking for a relatively kid friendly place for lunch, downtown, close to the Staples Center if possible. All I can come up with off the top of my head is Original Pantry, which my DH refuses to go to (don't really blame him) and Wurstkuche, which isn't that close to the arena, and the kids weren't that impressed when we did take them there last summer. Would prefer not to end up at El Tepeyac, though we love that place, but always eat waaaaaay too much, and we are doing the Circus after lunch.

Thanks, as always, I know I can count on my fellow LA CHers.

Original Pantry Cafe
877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St Ste 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90015

  1. Phurstluv Jul 17, 2010 10:03 PM

    Thanks everyone, and especially cls, we ended up at the Yard House, my DH was in heaven, with all of the beer selection, and my kids actually ordered something other than cheeseburgers! Was a perfect lunch, before heading to the show, we had ten minutes to make it to showtime and it worked out really well.

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    1. re: Phurstluv
      cls Jul 17, 2010 10:12 PM

      Glad it worked out. Yard House works for us and it's usually passable food (sometimes even enjoyable.) Yes, the beer selection is first rate and the servers have a beer proficiency test before they can wait tables. Just don't try to go before a Lakers game.

      1. re: cls
        Phurstluv Jul 18, 2010 04:05 PM

        No doubt it 's crazy then. It worked out perfectly, and my DH was in complete heaven. Definitely go back there, food was very good.

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      d_doubleyew Jul 17, 2010 08:39 PM

      How about Olvera Street? (Haven't tried any restaurants there myself though). I also like the laid-back vibe of Moles la Tia, which is close to downtown. We've taken kids to Oomasa in Little Tokyo.

      Olvera Street
      845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      Moles La Tia
      4619 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

      100 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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        yogachik Jul 17, 2010 08:19 AM

        Tiara Cafe or Gram and Papa's.

        Gram and Papas
        227 East 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA

        1. monku Jul 16, 2010 07:58 PM

          California Pizza Kitchen at 7th & Fig?

          California Pizza
          16960 Van Buren Blvd Ste D, Riverside, CA 92504

          1. ipsedixit Jul 16, 2010 07:02 PM

            Well, at LA Live you have lots of options, some more kid friendly than others. Rock Fish ESPN Zone, and Trader Vic's might work.

            A bit farther away, you might consider Nickel Diner (what kid wouldn't fall for maple bacon donuts?), or Wood Spoon (great chicken pot pie and sweet potato fries).

            Philippes, as others upthread have suggested, is one option but it is a major trek to Staples.

            Rock Fish Restaurant
            120 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

            Nickel Diner
            524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            Wood Spoon
            107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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            1. re: ipsedixit
              Phurstluv Jul 16, 2010 07:08 PM

              You're right, ispe. We've done the Phillipe's thing, so thanks for that suggestion, but we'll probably head somewhere new.

              I liked Nickel Diner, but not really the area. Just a little too gritty, although it is afternoon.

              Much to my chagrin, ESPN Zone may work, destined to have cheeseburgers (their fave) on the menu. Wood Spoon may be a good option will look into it. Even Trader Vic's, tho DH may not be thrilled, though it's not all about us!! ;))

              Thanks for the suggestions guys, I really appreciate it.

              Nickel Diner
              524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              Wood Spoon
              107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              1. re: Phurstluv
                cls Jul 17, 2010 08:52 AM

                Although it's not saying much, the Yard House is better than EPSN zone and very kid friendly.

                1. re: cls
                  Phurstluv Jul 17, 2010 10:33 AM

                  cool, good to know.

            2. cant talk...eating Jul 16, 2010 06:27 PM

              Second Philippes. Also Mercado La Paloma, Langer's, lots of Little Tokyo noodle/teriyaki places if they're into that.

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              1. re: cant talk...eating
                wienermobile Jul 17, 2010 09:18 AM

                I dream of Langer's

                Langer's Delicatessen
                704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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                paprkutr Jul 16, 2010 05:42 PM

                how about Phillipes French Dip

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