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Family-friendly restaurant in the Pasadena Area

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

    Link: http://www.cafesantorini.com

    1. Roscoe's fits the bill for us!

      1. 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.

        1. 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

          1. Green Street Cafe on Shoppers Lane, east of Lake

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

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              1. re: ipse dixit

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

                1. re: ipse dixit

                  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.

                2. 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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                  1. re: sammie

                    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.)

                    1. re: Tom

                      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.

                      1. re: ipse dixit

                        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.

                        1. re: pasadenalocals

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

                  2. g

                    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.

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