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Aug 11, 2010 07:21 AM

Family-Friendly Dining in Baltimore

I'm new to the Baltimore area, and am looking for family friendly restaurants to try with my two young children. I've heard of the usuals (Iggie's, Papermoon, etc). But I'm looking for some additional suggestions of some great unique places in the city I can explore with my kids!

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  1. The Golden West in Hampden is very "child friendly".

    Golden West Cafe
    1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

    Hampden Cafe
    4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

    1. Try Clementine on Harford Road. Very child friendly and chow worthy.

      1. Check out Gertrudes on Friday nights. My kids are always mezmorized by the live jazz and star lit ceiling and love coloring on the table and the placemats. They also have a cute kids' menu.

        Other favorites include One World Cafe (where they are given a paper bag and crayons to make a puppet while you wait), Ryan's Daughter (especially when there is live Irish music), and the outdoor terrace at Donna's at Cross Keys. All have diverse kids' menus. We also go to Tambers often, as my husband and I can get Indian food there (which is good, but not one of the best in the City) while my sons can eat American diner food.

        If your kids like Japanese food, they would also like Sushi Hanna in Towson, which has a little fish pond in the front. For more formal dining, my boys love La Scala because of its indoor Bocce ball court!

        Hope these suggestions help!

        La Scala
        1012 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202

        1. You may want to consider any of the restaurants in the Greektown section of B'more
          Samos, Ikaros,, Athenian and Zorba's
          Zorba's maybe the only iffy one due to a limited menu, albeit a terrific menu

          4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

          1. I just went to Koco's on Harford Rd out in Hamilton, and though it is a restaurant/pub, the back has like a child's corner sort of thing with games and books. There were several families eating together with children there and the waitstaff was very accommodating the little people dining. Plus they have great crab cakes, and then you can walk over to the Red Canoe book shop on the the same block where they have a coffee shop and homemade ice cream.