Street - LA's Most Toddler-Friendly Restaurant?
- Suebee Mar 13, 2011 09:35 PM
We met Valley-based Grandma for Friday night dinner at centrally located Street last night, not sure it would be kid-friendly for our almost-three year old. It quickly became obvious that Street is a restaurant that welcomes everyone, even sometimes crazy toddlers.
Top 8 reasons we'll return to Street often:
1. Reservationist assured me, “kids are welcome!” when making our reservation. Always a good sign. And, she gave us a perfect corner booth, comfy and easy to navigate.
2. “Ugh, there’s a toddler” looks from co-diners quickly ameliorated by warm welcome from everyone from the busser to our server. People, we have an iPhone with toddler apps, it will be ok, promise!
3. Our lovely server assured us there were no pecans, pistachios, or walnuts (our guy’s allergic) in anything, but would make a note for the kitchen just in case. So much better than the annoyed reaction we often get.
4. Kajsa Alger, Street’s Executive Chef and Partner, visited our table with a bowl of strawberries for our guy. She chatted with us about kids (she has a 4 year old) and how they either love or hate Street’s food. Our guy inhaled everything, from the millet rice krispie treat amuse to the carrot & harissa salad, short ribs, Brussels sprouts, and shitake & shrimp fritter.
5. The one bummer, especially on a triple-poop night (sorry, overshare), was the absence of a changing table in either bathroom. Luckily, two big chairs outside the bathrooms were easily dragged into the single-occupancy men’s room for our makeshift changing table. We got an ok from our server before we started moving furniture.
6. On our way to the bathroom for diaper change #3, our server and two others stopped us to say how much they loved having our son there and asked us to come back to Street soon. Non-parents, this is an extremely rare sentiment. Shocked, I told them how much we appreciated their warm welcome and support as we try to raise a well-mannered little diner.
7. Sheparding our guy out the door, we were sent off into the night with sweetly enthusiastic thank-yous and “please come again!” from Kajsa and others.
8. Almost forget to mention, the food was fabulous. Loved it all. Favorites included:
- Black Kale with Refried White Beans
- Braised Short Ribs
- Tatsutage Fried Chicken
- Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
- Kaya Toast
- Shrimp Stuffed Shitake Mushrooms
- Carrot and Harissa Salad
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That's great to hear. We usually have pretty good luck at most places. The only time we didn't was when we were practically told to take our kid and leave at Lukshon. She wasn't crying or anything, they just told us they didn't really want kids there. Of course, I wish they would have told us before we made reservations.
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suebee, this is great info. my 2.5 yr old is also allergic to those nuts and unfortunately, then some. he's basically allergic to all tree nuts, peanuts and eggs. the latter is a pretty slight one and he can tolerate egg in small amounts if it's baked but we're staying away from it completely for now. we've given up going out to eat except for some sushi (we stick to traditional like sushi gen so no one behind the counter is making some funny roll with nuts in it). and we also only eat out at disneyland where they serve allergy kids hand and foot but the food there is pretty mediocre to just bad.
we'll have to try to make the trek to street! my son is unusually well behaved at restaurants so i don't worry so much as he tends to be the quiet type in general. we always say the louder the better b/c you never know even with the quiet ones. he has been known to have outbursts especially if he's tired so we have tried to stick with lunch.
Glad you had a great evening, and it sounds like you did everything by the book (i.e., asking permission prior to moving furniture). Not sure I'd want to lounge in either of those two big chairs you mention, after their temporary re-purposing; but I appreciate the caveat that your post provides, as regards comfy chairs directly adjacent to public restrooms...