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Family-friendly restaurant in the Pasadena Area

Monica Sep 11, 2005 03:26 AM

For some reason my husband and I are always having a difficult time deciding where to eat for lunch or dinner with our kids, ages 6 and 1. Can anyone please recommend their favorite places to bring the kids? (And please, no chuck E. Cheese.)


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    Ninja RE: Monica Sep 11, 2005 12:02 PM

    Cafe Santorini is good for families. Their pizzas and pastas are pretty decent.

    Link: http://www.cafesantorini.com

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      Funwithfood RE: Monica Sep 11, 2005 01:03 PM

      Roscoe's fits the bill for us!

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        Joan RE: Monica Sep 11, 2005 01:54 PM

        Hamburger Hamlet (on Lake Ave) is pretty good for younger kids. Also, Barn Burner on Fair Oaks (next to El Cholo) has a great kid-friendly atmosphere although their menu is limited to BBQ.

        I would probably not take my kids to Cafe Santorini since it bills itself as known for its romantic setting.

        Pasadena has some great eating. Hope you find a good place to take your little ones.

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          martyR RE: Monica Sep 11, 2005 01:59 PM

          Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock
          Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles on Lake
          Russell's in Old Town
          Smitty's on Lake
          Pie N Burger on California
          Puebla Taco on Allen and Villa

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            JonW RE: Monica Sep 11, 2005 03:03 PM

            Green Street Cafe on Shoppers Lane, east of Lake

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              ipse dixit RE: Monica Sep 11, 2005 05:07 PM

              The Kitchen (tucked away in Old Town on Union St.)
              Wild Thyme
              Bistro K
              Hooters ... just kidding :-)

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                Tom RE: ipse dixit Sep 12, 2005 02:00 AM

                The fluorescent lighting at Wild Thyme kills it for me. I'd take Shakers over it any day.

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                  condiment RE: ipse dixit Sep 12, 2005 01:47 PM

                  Actually, Hooter's has a kids menu, and is reportedly very accommodating to the young. I haven't been, but there you go.

                  The new Barn Burner on Fair Oaks would have to be counted as extremely kid-friendly, although the would-be Texas-style barbecue isn't quite up to snuff. Every Pasadena kid I know practically grew up at Pie n' Burger. El Portal always works for kids. And Fu Shing is always nice to the shorties.

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                  sammie RE: Monica Sep 11, 2005 06:44 PM

                  We like Robin's Woodfire BBQ in east Pasadena. Great ribs, very kid friendly, free balloons, crayons, birthday club and the servers seem very tolerant of our little ones.

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                    Tom RE: sammie Sep 11, 2005 10:41 PM

                    Robin's is a great call for a family-friendly place with what I think is the best barbecue in Pasadena, and they have all-you-can-eat specials on several nights. The baby will flip over the blueberry cornbread...you will too!

                    (Also concur that Cafe Santorini is inappropriate for children.)

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                      ipse dixit RE: Tom Sep 11, 2005 11:01 PM

                      Sorry, but Robin's Woodfire BBQ, it's virtues notwithstanding, is right up there in Chuck E Cheese's league ...

                      I do love Robin's Onion Rings, however.

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                        pasadenalocals RE: ipse dixit Sep 11, 2005 11:31 PM

                        I have to disagree with ipse dixit on this one. We practically raised our kids dining at Robin's & our oldest worked there several years as a host. They bend over backwards taking care of kids but they're definately not in the nether regions of a Chucky Cheese. And they do have the best BBQ in Pasadena & are ranked with the best of L.A.

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                          Tom RE: pasadenalocals Sep 12, 2005 01:58 AM

                          And they just got a flat-out rave in Westways (that has made them a bit of a madhouse lately.)

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                    genndan100502 RE: Monica Sep 12, 2005 04:23 PM

                    We bring our 15 month old daughter and our 15 month old goddaughter to Conrad's Restaurant on Lake and Walnut. There are hardly any crowds there, and great service, the food taste like home cooking, my daughter will eat the whole lasagna if I let her.

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                      dkawai RE: Monica Sep 12, 2005 05:38 PM

                      Twoheys!!! (Corner of Atlantic and Huntington). Just down the street (east on Huntington) is Colonial Kitchen.

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