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Mar 18, 2011 06:36 PM

Austin CH visiting Seattle with toddler

My husband and I used to live in Madison park/Kirkland when we met, and are now live in Austin TX. We are visiting Seattle for a week to attend a wedding and will have our three year old daughter with us. Where are some of the newer places with great food? We are staying in Capitol hill/downtown and have a car so don't mind driving but would need restaurants that accept reservations, and would be ok with a toddler at the 5am seating. Six years ago when we lived in Seattle our favorites were cafe Juanita, lark, Cafe campagne, and brasa. These places are now either closed or too fancy for my toddler (she would be ok at a louder place like ettas or Lola, rays cafe, etc). I called cascina spinasse but since they have no high chairs I assume they would not be thrilled to see us. I am also looking at serious pie. We are already doing alot of Chinatown ethnic stuff for the wedding, (din tai fung, hoho) so I am trying to avoid that the rest of the week. We also will be taking some visitors around Seattle with us, so I need a place with good seafood also. Any suggestions would be really appreciated!

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  1. Seattle's better and newer restaurants tend to be kid-hostile, unfortunately. Some old standbys that used to be kid-hostile are now practically kid friendly, however. The Palace Kitchen finally got high chairs this year and they have some great hand-cut fresh noodles with butter that our 2-year-old loves. Also, Elliott's takes kids in the lounge area during their oyster happy hour (M-F, get there by 2:45 to get a table) and is always a hit with out-of-town guests.

    One new place doing great work is Local 360. They have a high-chair and we bring our daughter there pretty regularly. Excellent choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (and the best burger in Seattle at the moment by a mile.)

    Palace Kitchen
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    1. I've taken my 2 year old to Poppy on several occasions and it has been fine. Poppy is sort of new. They are producing really great food and it is a fun environment.

      Serious Pie is great but I think unless you can make it to their happy hour its just a bit overpriced. Perhaps the best pizza i've had but I don't want to spend 25 bucks/ person to be full off of pizza IMHO.

      My son has been to Mistral Kitchen a couple of times. I definitely wouldn't say it is kid friendly but they had high chairs and seemed to be okay with him there. It gets pretty loud in there.

      Serious Pie
      316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

      Mistral Kitchen
      2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

      1. It's not a sit-down place, and you'd have to stand in line with toddler (could be good or bad depending on weather)...but Paseo is a good fun lunch option (or Uneeda Burger just across the street). Toulouse Petit for breakfast/brunch or Bastille in Ballard for weekend brunch (on Sunday for farmers market!). Cafe Besalu for a light meal (they only have french pastries, quiche and PERFECT espresso---beware of their hours - 7a-3p and closed Mon/Tues). We (as in adults and the child) love Row House - my son loves their Kremlin grilled ementhaler on rosemary bread with russian-style aioli.

        I'm generally pretty ballsy when it comes to taking my kid anywhere. If it isn't 21+ I will bring like good tasting food too! It really depends on your child's "restaurant behavior" though, not all children handle themselves well (or had a nap before food time).

        12th Avenue on Capitol Hill is really blowing up right now, you'll find lots of new restaurants well as Ballard Avenue, but many are bars. :/ Sweet treats have taken Seattle by storm the past few years, try the many frozen custard places, cupcake shops, Molly Moons, Fainting Goat Gelato, or my personal fav D'Ambrosio Gelato. Evidently the new craze is pie. (Pie in Fremont, High 5 Pie on Cap Hill)

        Hope you have a great trip and find some good food! :)

        Paseo Caribbean Restaurant
        4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

        Cafe Besalu
        5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

        Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream
        1622 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

        Bastille Cafe & Bar
        5307 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

        3515 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

        Toulouse Petit
        601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119

        1. Thanks so much for all the great ideas! I was also looking at monsoon and wondering if it would be noisy enough to be toddler friendly?

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          1. re: mlin1

            Monsoon is pretty quiet, especially the Capitol Hill branch, IMO, but I've brought my baby to the Bellevue branch when she was little and stayed in the car seat. The food at the Bellevue one is somewhat better also.

            One place that is not obvious but takes kids is Quinn's, in the upstairs area. As I sit here I can't recall whether they accept reservations.

          2. We have a 2 year old, and have found success with the following restaurants:

            1) Flying Squirrel: really great pizza (not as good as Serious Pie, IMO) fresh rotating specials. And on the weeknight, before 7pm, every table will have a toddler. Really low key.

            2) Palace Kitchen: yummy, and waitstaff have been very accommodating.

            3) Pike Street Fish Fry: totally low key, and the fried oysters are totally yummy.

            Palace Kitchen
            2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

            Pike Street Fish Fry
            925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

            Serious Pie
            316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101