baby/toddler friendly restaurants mostly on the west side?
there have been a couple posts about this when i did a quick search but was hoping to get some new recs. my sister, her husband, and their two girls (6 months, 2 year old) will be visiting me in 2 weeks and are eager to try restaurants that will offer something different from their usual chicago suburban haunts!
here are the places i was thinking would be good for them -
pacos tacos for fresh tortillas, decent mexican
santa monica seafood company - they went here before and liked it, anything else like this that might be good? the lobster is meh but it might be fun to go more shack-y. maybe malibu seafood?
huckleberry for brunch
dim sum - we'll probably just go to NBC for the carts (might be fun for my older niece to see them, though i agree elite is better) - yes, we can head out for good chinese!
yuchon for kimchi mandoo and naeng myun - will venture to ktown at least twice, probably - where else, parks, chosun?
musha for izakaya (though we will probably have to go to the SM one and the torrance one is preferred) - i live around the block from furaibo but much prefer musha
zankou chicken and tacos por favor for takeout,
and then i might babysit and let my sister and her husband go out a couple times by themselves - was thinking fathers office, rustic canyon, maybe son of a gun if they want to drive a bit more?
can anyone help me come up with some more fun places for us to take the babies?
Huckleberry is a pain when you have small children, especially two. Doable but barely worth it unless if you time it beat the crowd. Too little room, too much effort to get a table, etc..
Malibu Seafood is totally fine with small kids, as long as you or the kids' parents aren't germaphobes. I wouldn't call the tables highly sanitary. Some people bring tablecloths. Personally I'm ok with it, brought the two kids several times without any tablecloth. Another option is the "Carbon Beach Club" restaurant at the Malibu Beach Inn. Had a wonderful brunch there with kids and relatives, and it's literally over the water.
Three Square on AK is a great choice, although if there are two of you *and* two adults + two kids, that's a bit tight. You could fit three adults and two kids for sure in one of the booths by having one of the kids in a high chair at the head of the booth. (Done it several times.) They might be able to join two tables on the patio but I'm not sure.
Lots of options on the roof of Santa Monica Place, including the food court, which isn't amazing food, but you can eat outside with amazing views of the beach if there are free tables. Plus there are some other options in the Market Place or whatever it's called.
Just about any Asian restaurant (outside of the "scene and be seen" places that draw the beautiful and vapid crowd) are fine with young children. Locally to the places you've listed as ones you are already considering would be U-Zen on Santa Monica Blvd. just E of Bundy and Sham for Arabic food or Fritto Misto and then the whole Santa Monica Place rooftop eating area (Zengo, et al) would be good as well. Juqilia for Oaxacan also good with children. Persian food places like Darya or Shamshiri Grill or Javan are all fine.
1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
11500 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
12130 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
716 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
U-Zen Japanese Restaurant
11951 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
instead of Malibu Seafood, go to Cross Creek in Malibu, park on the lefthand side, order from Tra di Noi's outside window or get smoothies/sandwiches/salads from John's Garden, head to the benches around the shady playground and everyone's happy.
643 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA
I like A Frame with little kids. I went with a four year old so I'm not sure if they have high chairs but the outdoor patio is great for kids. If you're going at an early, kid-friendly time there's usually no wait for a table outside. The chicken, kitchen fries and churros should be popular with the two year old (at least they are with my kids).
Oh just remembered another: Pitfire Pizza. Super kid friendly (gone many times successfully -- they have a kid's pie) and pizza is always a great option when there's a 2 yo. Better there for pizza than Shakey's or whatever. Feels very LA in there so I think it'd be fun for an out-of-towner for a low-stress lunch.
[Edit - I've only been to the Culver City one]