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Mar 1, 2012 08:25 PM

Ex-LA hound returning home - Redondo Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes & San Pedro for Kids?

We moved away from south bay area about 4.5 years ago - and now we're returning for first time with our kid. Any tips for family friendly restaurants, bakeries, breakfast places in Redondo Beach, RPV, San Pedro area, especially newer places?

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  1. Best pancakes in the area in at The Original Pancake House on PCH in Redondo Beach. Great 49er flapjacks and giant apple pancakes. Also in the area I like Martha's 22nd Street Grill almost on the sand in Hermosa , Uncle Bill's for their bacon cheddar waffles & North End Cafe for their Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls. Also Mama D's Italian Kitchen in Manhattan Beach is one of the most family friendly places you'll find in the South Bay, Without the kids I highly recommend Manhattan Beach Post (James Beard nominations for Best New Restaurant and Best Chef, Pacific region) one of the best restaurants in LA. Welcome back.

    Uncle Bill's Pancake House
    1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Mama D's Italian
    1125 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Martha's 22nd Street Grill
    25 22nd St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

    North End Cafe
    3713 Highland Ave Ste 1, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Original Pancake House
    1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

    Manhattan Beach Post
    1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    2 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      Doesn't MB Post serve brunch as well now? I'd think that would be somewhat kid friendly.

      1. re: Johnny L

        Yes they do. Saturdays and Sundays 10am-1:30pm.

    2. Second the recommendation for Martha's. Very good casual chow and family-friendly. If your kid gets too antsy, there's a beach swingset right nearby.

      Unfortunately, my favorite spots on the Redondo boardwalk (Naja's for beer, Bincho for food, Gambrinus for kinda-sorta-beer-and-food) are not at all kid-friendly. But the huge arcade and alfresco seafood joint on the south end could be fun.

      In PV ...hmmm. There are several dining options in the luxe new Terranea resort, the more casual of which seem fairly family-appropriate. And you shouldn't miss the Croatian pizza at Pavich's on Western (not sure if it's technically in SP or PV). On a sunny clear day, get it to go and eat it at Point Fermin near the lighthouse or the big Korean friendship bell - great views and lots of roaming space for kids.

      [Gratuitous non-chow tip: Not sure how old your kid is, but the park in Redondo Beach on the corner of Rindge and Farrell has a pretty awesome new-ish mega jungle gym; one side for <5, the other for >5].

      1. within the last 4.5 years? hmm...

        family friendly restaurants: malaga cove ranch market, coco ichibanya

        bakeries: mishi's strudel, joseph's bakery

        breakfast places: wildflower cafe