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Pasadena with Toddlers?

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We'll be stopping for one night in Pasadena on a Friday night. We'll be staying at N Robles/E Union, and will have two toddlers in tow. Looking for a kid-friendly place for an earlyish dinner (around 530-6) on a Friday, and a kid-friendly place for an early breakfast, not too far from the hotel (they'll be DONE with car time by then).

Ideally we'd like places that has good, moderately priced food, little to no wait, and non-slow service.

Also if you have any recs for a park in the vicinity, that would be a huge bonus.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Naga Naga Ramen on Colorado is pretty good, fast, inexpensive, and you can sit in front of a giant fish tank to keep them entertained.
    Theres the Central Park just down the road on Fair Oaks.

    1. Can personally vouch for:

      Settebello Pizza's pizzas come out in a minute, salads come up in less than 5. They have plenty of high chairs, plenty of sun, and the noise level is not too bad early in the evening. Very close to hotel.

      Haven Gastropub is moderately priced, beer (obviously) comes out fast, food not too slow. Super friendly staff, family friendly. Has high chair, though parking is a bit of a mess. Decent food that's "good for Pasadena".

      Can't help you with breakfast. I try not to be in Pasadena while that early (and sober) in the morning. Don't consider Naga Naga to be better than Top Ramen.

      1. For breakfast - definitely EuroPane Bakery (the one at 345 E Colorado Blvd, which is only a couple blocks away from your hotel).

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        1. re: matikin9

          2nd Europane, we have two toddlers as well.

        2. Tender greens fits all your criteria.

          1. I've seen plenty of parents with toddlers at Lemonade-http://lemonadela.com/

            I also recommend Europane-perhaps you can pick up some treats for the road while you are there!

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            1. re: crystaw

              We were just at Lemonade with our 3.5 year old today! Yes, perfect suggestion if not too inconvenient.

            2. ...for areas for your toddlers to run around, you could go over to the Rose Bowl. There's a park area right next to the KidSpace museum. We also have a nice park in South Pasadena, not too far away called Garfield Park located on Mission Street.

              For something a little different, and maybe a little fun for them, you could take the metro down to South Pasadena (depending on where you get on, it's one to two stops), get off on Mission, and then do breakfast at either Buster's or Heirloom (they are right at that stop). May be more logistics than you want to handle in the AM though.

              1. Luggage Room Pizza. Great Price. My family always gets the salad and bacon wrapped figs for starters and then any pizza on the list is amazing. It's on Raymond at the Del Mar Gold Line Station and right across the street from Central Park.

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                1. re: jaobunny

                  If you end up at Luggage room, get the chop salad. It is amazing!! The park has a nice playground. Also, Central Park (on Fair Oaks, right across the street from - really? - Central Park, has good breakfasts and dinner. If you are going to be on Los Robles and Union, it is a good few blocks from you.

                2. I can't help with dinner, but my favorite spot for breakfast is in South Pasadena on Mission, Julienne's. Just head south on Los Robles and make a left on Mission, it is in the middle of the block on the left. I absolutely love the food there and make it a point to go any time I am in the Pasadena area. They also have a to go store next door for excellent food (I adore the lamb sandwich), gourmet goodies, and deserts.

                  From Julienne's head back the way you came on Mission and keep going towards the end of the residential section, and there is a large park on the right. I am pretty sure there is a nice play area there for the kids.

                  If you stay in the Pasadena area proper, Caltech has a beautiful campus with all sorts of ponds, pathways and grass areas, with no one telling you to stay off the grass.

                  1. Not sure if it's too far, but Intelligentsia or Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast. If I'm not mistaken, you'll be pretty close to Vroman's, an enormous independent bookstore that is great for kids. Hope you have a good time during your short stay!