My Anaheim choices...good or bad?
Headed to CA next month. We'll have the kids in tow...they are great at restaurants but with the time change and days at the park, I'm looking for casual and easy.
Here's where I'm thinking of for dinners in Anaheim:
OC Poultry and Rotisserie
Forn Al Hara or Al Amir - which is better???
Last night over in Hawthorne area:
The Kettle. I'm not thinking the food will be amazing, but it looks like a good location with lots of choices for the kiddos. Just want something easy that last night before flying out. And then I saw an ice cream place nearby that I need to try and find again via google. Kids can walk on the beach one last time before heading back east.
The ice cream store in Manhattan Beach you might be thinking of is Manhattan Creamry.
Also if your kid's like Italian food Mama D's in Manhattan Beach is very family friendly and may be a better choice over the Kettle. The beach and pier are just around the corner.
Welcome to LA.
kingkong - i live in nh where the lobster is $6.99 per pound :)
ubergeek - i'm thinking we'll do take out at OC Poultry and I was planning on Brianna's...glad you mentioned it!!
For night two, I'll pay it by ear. If the boys are cranky and need take out, we'll do Cortina's. If they are happy and can handle a restaurant, we'll do Olive Tree.
While I love both al-Amir and Forn al-Hara, I'd pick Forn al-Hara mostly because of the dessert selection and the fact that they'll make those addictive spinach pies right in front of you.
But there's another solution—Olive Tree. It's fast, it's easy, it's sit-down, and the food, particularly from the specials menu—is absolutely outstanding. Get the lamb if they have it—the lamb shank will make you tell stories. They dote on kids, and then you can run two doors down to Forn al-Hara for dessert.
OC Poultry is a good choice; you can even get it to go if you want, and take it back to the hotel room. I'd recommend stopping at Brianna's or Natural after and get a Mexican fruit plate for dessert. (I like Natural better, but Brianna's is RIGHT NEXT DOOR.)
I don't normally dis-recommend places, but I'm going to just say not to go to Döner-G, which is in the same plaza. The food is not very good, it's quite expensive for what it is, and you'll have a better time at OC Poultry and Brianna's.
Of those, I've only been to Cortina's and it's nice. Very good food, and the market next door is awesome. The parking lot, however, is horrid! not enough spaces and the spaces are small. On the other hand, I drive an Expedition, so...
But if you're in the area, and don't mind a little asian flair, I highly suggest a lobster dinner. This is where the live lobsters are in tanks, you tell them what size you want (usu. 3 to 6 pounds are available, @ $10-15/lb), they show you the live lobster at the table and then cook it up. I like house special style, which has butter, garlic, jalapenos and green onions. It's delicious, and depending on the size of your party you can supplement with other chinese dishes (salt and pepper shrimp, stir fried beef cubes, kung pao chicken, etc).
Restaurants nearby that do this well are King Harbor seafood, Seafood Cove, Seafood Paradise, Royal Capital Seafood, Newport Seafood, to name a few.