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Any good restaurants for moms & babies in Pasadena?

eighthwonder May 27, 2012 03:38 PM

I'm new to Pasadena and looking for some locations to have a gathering with my friends and their babies.

We will be probably about 10 adults + kids (younger than one year old). Preferably outside seating with some flexibility if someone cries. I can think of some restaurants like LGO Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen... but need more ideas. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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  1. cant talk...eating RE: eighthwonder May 27, 2012 04:33 PM

    Most non-chain restaurants will be limited by high chair # (unless people bring their own seats). I really like Porta Via's patio (and food!), but you do have to wait to order at the counter which could be a pain w/ babies. The patio at Saladang Song is nice, and the lunch (and weekend) crowd won't mind some noise. Depending on where you are in Pasadena, Pizza Place California in north San Gabriel near the mission has decent pizza, good wine, and a usually-deserted patio. Drawing a blank on other places - what works for you guys in other parts of L.A.? (assuming you're from here).

    1. trolley RE: eighthwonder May 28, 2012 09:03 AM

      while i'm not a big fan of the restaurant Il Fornaio may fit your bill. there's outdoor seating and i've seen many families with crying children there. the patio is nice bc it faces the courtyard and you can even walk in the courtyard and come back to your seat if needed. the food there has been hit or miss but i suppose you can't go wrong with some penne and sauce. if 10 people or more you can probably even get a private room so the kids can cry all they want and parents don't have to feel self conscious that they're bothering the other diners. i do think LGO especially the pizza restaurant may be your best bet. not a great patio but there is one.

      1. ipsedixit RE: eighthwonder May 28, 2012 12:03 PM

        Mike and Anne's

        Cheval Blanc

        Green Street


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          khh1138 RE: ipsedixit May 29, 2012 12:58 PM

          Green Street does really nice catering for a group lunch - if it works that you could have a group over to one of your houses (could be more comfortable if there are a *lot* of babies to wrangle). I was really pleasantly surprised. Everyone and their sister loves the Dianne Salad, and it travels well; and I had a rare steak sandwich at a catered affair that was perfect.

        2. TonyC RE: eighthwonder May 29, 2012 11:53 AM

          Congregation ale house.

          The food's "OK", nothing to write home about (as is most of Pasadena), and not as good as the "other" beer pub in Pas, but there's plenty of outdoor bench seating, and they don't care if there are babies bouncing off the walls.

          It's also an order-at-counter followed by bussed food kinda place, which really works because there won't be evil eyes constantly coming by to check on your self-conscious party.

          More importantly, I don't know how others survive kids, but they have a very decent draft list, and nobody will judge you if your'e double fisting 10MO + an IPA. Of note: beer coasters can be rather entertaining for an infant.

          1. raytamsgv RE: eighthwonder May 29, 2012 12:37 PM

            If you're into Chinese food, there are many Chinese restaurants in Arcadia and Alhambra. No one would really care if your babies cry. If you get dim sum, no one would be able to hear them above the din.

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              Servorg RE: raytamsgv May 29, 2012 12:39 PM

              din sum?

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              will47 RE: eighthwonder May 29, 2012 03:26 PM

              Cham is pretty parent-friendly and has some long tables. Might be able to get away with Tender Greens, though it can be kind of busy if you go at peak lunch hour.

              Maybe Daisy Mint if you sit in that back area.

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