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Kid friend restaurant near the Junior Museum in Palo Alto?

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skim99 Jan 18, 2011 08:11 PM

We're looking for a kid-friendly restaurant near the Junior Museum for an early dinner this weekend. Any suggestions besides Hobee? It doesn't have to be within walking distance.

Many thanks!!

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    jlafler RE: skim99 Jan 18, 2011 09:06 PM

    How about Calafia? They're at Town and Country shopping center. Good food, and in my experience they are very kid-friendly.

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    Calafia
    855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

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      mdg RE: skim99 Jan 18, 2011 09:37 PM

      Town and Country is a good suggestion. Besides Calafia, there's also Howie's Artisan Pizza.

      Michael

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      Calafia
      855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

      Howie's Artisan Pizza
      855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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        skim99 RE: skim99 Jan 19, 2011 08:50 PM

        Thanks so much for the suggestions. All of the restaurants sound great!!

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          jsaimd RE: skim99 Jan 19, 2011 09:35 PM

          We live near there. My kids favorite local restaurants include Kan Zeman, Howie's, Counter Burger and Mayfield. We didn't love Calafia when we ate there, but we have only eaten there once. Mayfield is great with kids.

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          Calafia
          855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

          Kan Zeman Restaurant
          274 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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            Melanie Wong RE: jsaimd Jan 19, 2011 09:40 PM

            I've only eaten at Califia once, and that was enough even with Chef Charlie Ayers serving our food himself. Much prefer Howie's or Mayfield Bakery & Cafe.

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              takuhead RE: Melanie Wong Jan 19, 2011 10:10 PM

              Calafia and Howie's is not very fast which I find a problem with kids. Calafia is usually short staffed at the 5pm if that's when you are thinking of having dinner - they are usually switching over shifts and it seems to always run slow....
              Lulu's in the same complex is good for kids - decent food, good prices - only outdoor seating -
              Kirks's Burgers is also right there - they are certainly kid friendly....

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              Calafia
              855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

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              jlafler RE: jsaimd Jan 20, 2011 01:00 PM

              I had a nice brunch at Mayfield with my daughter (my definition of "kid friendly," btw, has more to do with service than food), but they do seem pricey for dinner.

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                Melanie Wong RE: jlafler Jan 20, 2011 01:05 PM

                I agree with you that Mayfield does cost more and does feel like it costs just a little too much. Yet, I'll say that the food and service there are reliably good and I guess that certainty is how it earns that premium. My brother has been there more than I have for dinner, and he always leaves with an armful of bread from the bakery given gratis to customers at the end of the night. At $4 to $5 or so loaf (and a lovely Christmas stollen that was priced at $10+), taking home three of those for free to put in the freezer subsidizes the dinner tab.

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                  Tumkers RE: Melanie Wong Jan 20, 2011 09:09 PM

                  If there are no worries about price, then Mayfield for white tablecloths, great bread and lovely atmosphere and good service (and ease of parking).
                  If you want something a little more funky/ young and less expensive, then Coupa Cafe has great salads and arepas.

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                  Coupa Cafe
                  538 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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