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Thenut Jan 15, 2013 06:20 PM

Thinking about breaking away from chef geoff's for the family's Thursday night meal. The family includes a very well behaved 4 year old who will eat from most menus. I hear good things about Dino's and its in the neighborhood. Any issues with a young kid at an early reservation there?

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  1. hill food RE: Thenut Jan 15, 2013 07:15 PM

    I'd just ask Dean himself, he used to occasionally post here.

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      DanielK RE: hill food Jan 15, 2013 07:59 PM

      I've been bringing my kids there since they were only a little older than that. Their kids menu is great - a little person's version of the adult menu - no chicken fingers and hot dogs to be found.

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        Bart Hound RE: hill food Jan 17, 2013 06:23 AM

        He posts at donrockwell.com all the time.

      2. ChristinaMason RE: Thenut Jan 15, 2013 08:09 PM

        I'd definitely go for Dino over Chef Geoff's! They aren't really even in the same league, frankly.

        Just a heads up, Dino has a great happy hour (limited to the bar and outside patio tables in summer, I think), including discounts on small plates and very reasonably priced cocktails, beer, and wine. Go early :)

        1. law_doc89 RE: Thenut Jan 16, 2013 04:53 AM

          Dino is over rated, but still very good. Definitely time for you to stop up from the likes of CG.

          See this CH link:


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            Elyssa RE: Thenut Jan 16, 2013 05:17 AM

            I don't think there should be an issue at all. I always thought the Dino menu is super accessible to children...meatballs, polenta, lasagna etc.

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              Jeserf RE: Thenut Jan 17, 2013 06:50 AM

              Lots of kids there early in the day. I think the food is excellent - for the price point and quality, it's hard to beat for Italian (the non-heavy red sauced kind).

              Dean usually doesn't post on threads about Dino.

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                hill food RE: Jeserf Jan 17, 2013 02:13 PM

                that's true, he is very circumspect about that. I was more sort of encouraging the OP to e-mail or call him, since he seems very approachable.

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