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Where to eat in downtown SF w/kids (not fast food)?

We're taking the kids to see A Christmas Carol in December. Any suggestions for restaurants near ACT Theatre that won't break the bank (e.g., we can get out w/four meals for $50-$70)? Thanks so much!

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  1. How old are your kids? What kind of food do they like? Off the top of my head, there are a few passable Thai places nearby and Pearl's Deluxe burgers (one of the best burgers in town, shakes, an option for buffalo patties, but not much seating). Those would be appropriate for all ages. If the kids are a little older and more amenable to walking more than a couple of blocks, choices will widen up. Also, are you trying to do a sit down, semi-nice meal, or do you care if you're grabbing burgers in a diner or ramen at a bare bones noodle joint?

    1. With kids and for A Christmas Carol at that price, it's a little slim. I'd say Sears Fine Food (I know, many people disagree...it's basically diner food in a nice, old fashion "almost Disney" setting), Vietnamese (like Anh Hong). Pearl's Burger has great burgers but seems too casual but kids like burgers.

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      Sears Fine Food
      439 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. There are at least three outlets of Lori's Diner near the Theatre District. I'm not sure if you can bring it in on your budget, but you can probably get close. Check their website for menu.

        Also, there's the Cheesecake Factory in the Macy's building. It has gi-normous portions, and seems to be a crowd-pleaser, but, again, not sure if it's within your budget. Their on-line menu is geared for the whole chain, so it doesn't show prices.

        1. Shalimar, Lahore, Sultan. Two short blocks, and you'll be stuffed for $50.

          These kids might be 15 years old and curryhounds. Since darkchow has never, ever responded or followed up after getting advice, or responded to a question, I'm not holding my breath. But the kids were 5 and 7 in 2007, so we're talking 9 and 11 now. Old enough for curry, I'd say.

          Status of the Tandoorloin:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/631356

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          1. re: bbulkow

            I believe Sultan has closed -- at least according to Yelp:

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/sultan-san-fr...

            Too bad -- that was my go-to place for that area (great for hiding out from Halloween trick-or-treaters).

          2. Thanks for the suggestions. We'll check these suggestions out.

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            1. re: darkchow

              Max's is right there as well and is kid friendly with big portions.

              www.maxsworld.com/

              1. re: myst

                I think Max's is a good idea. It's got a festive feel without being expensive.