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Need recommendations for family-friendly but good steakhouse for special birthday

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BaronessCore Feb 27, 2012 05:57 PM

Hi Chowhounds - my family and I relocated to SD almost four years ago from NYC. My husband is going to turn 40 in a few months and I wanted to take him out for that special occasion, but I know he will want to go with our young children (1 and 4). So this is what the criteria is:

1. Good steaks
2. Please have creamed spinach as a side dish option
3. Good place for kids, i.e. kids' menu and high chairs - we went to Donovan's once and while they were very nice, it was obviously not good for kids.
4. Can accommodate a good-sized group (possibly 8 adults, 7 kids)

We don't get out much, so your feedback is hugely appreciated.

  1. b
    bruce9432 Feb 29, 2012 04:57 PM

    Ruth's Chris. Filet mignon,

    1. l
      littlestevie Feb 28, 2012 10:20 AM

      You might want to give Eddie V's in La Jolla a call. They have several spaces that can closed off. When I ate there, there was a couple of large groups celebrating birthdays and one group had several children. They have spinach but it was sauteed with parm cheese but wasn't creamed.

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        mcgrath Feb 27, 2012 07:50 PM

        Pretty tall order due to the kids. I'll second Cowboy Star, whose steaks are NYC diner-worthy. They do have a back room that should work, but 7 kids wouldn't work in the main dining room.

        If you are nearer North County than Downtown, you might consider Red Tracton's across from the racetrack. They are old school, a bit retro, and have some dining areas that are set apart from the main restuarant and would be semi-private and ok for kids.

        Creamed spinach would have to be a special request at both places and may or may not be accomodated. They have creamed spinach at the Palm and Morton's; but you're probably not posting here to get rec's to chain joints like those.

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          karaethon Feb 27, 2012 07:17 PM

          I'm going to say reserve the "back room" of Cowboy Star, but I would call ahead about the creamed spinach. Since you'd have to reserve the back room I'm pretty sure they can make some creamed spinach for you

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