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family-friendly restaurants near Rector/Manayunk, Smith Playhouse or Please Touch

noya Jan 4, 2014 11:25 AM

Two adults and four small children spending 4 days in Philly. Good ideas for tasty and family-friendly restaurants? Thanks!!

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    noya Jan 11, 2014 05:56 AM


    1. PhillyBestBYOB Jan 11, 2014 07:49 AM

      Not ignoring you, but a lot of us probably never go anywhere that has kids. LOL, I can't remember the last time I ate in a restaurant that had a child in it.

      A lot of good pizza places, so that maybe a place to start. Tacconelli's is legendary and very unique (although you have to call up in advance and reserve how may "doughs" you want, it's worth the trouble).

      Help noya out here people...

      1. Seeker19104 Jan 11, 2014 10:29 AM

        Nothing within walking distance of Smith Playhouse and Please Touch Museum which are in Fairmount Park.

        Nearby neighborhoods (Art Museum, Fairmount) have:
        Zorba's Taverna
        King of Tandoor

        In Manayunk you might like:
        Bella Trattoria
        Winnie's Le Bus
        Han Dynasty (or any Asian restaurant)

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          Hungryin theBurbs Jan 11, 2014 04:28 PM

          I agree, it's a tough request. As others have said, nothing much around Smith Playground and Please Touch, as they are more or less in the middle of the park.

          I concur with Han Dynasty in Manayunk. We've been there with our kids and I always see kids in there, though it takes a somewhat adventurous palate (my picky child likes the wonton soup and scallion pancake).

          I haven't been, but my friends bring their kids to In Riva and love it.

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            Bigley9 Jan 12, 2014 01:32 PM

            Not manayunk, but nearby in East Falls, is Earth Bread and Brewery which I recall people saying was kid friendly at least early in the evening (they have a kids appetizer of apples and peanut butter on the menu, too)

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              JanR Jan 13, 2014 11:33 AM

              EBB is actually in Mt. airy, not all that close to Manayunk.

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                Bigley9 Jan 14, 2014 01:04 PM

                Well, still less than 15 mins and assuming they are already out - can't think of anywhere in manayunk...

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              truman Jan 13, 2014 10:19 AM

              We've had good luck at the following places, though not in your target neighborhoods...

              Jake's Sandwich Board - 12th and Sansom http://www.jakessandwichboard.com/
              (no kids menu and the sandwiches are huge, but they did take a special request at lunchtime to accommodate my picky 3yo


              Schlesinger's deli - 15/16th and Locust - http://www.schlesingersdeli.com/

              Bellini Grill (16th and Walnut/Locust) is kid-friendly, even at dinnertime on a Saturday night - though we did have to ask the waiter to pace our meal a bit faster than usual. http://www.bellinigrill.com/

              Reading Terminal Market is a good way for everyone to get something different, but depending on the age/behavior of your kids, and the time of day you go, it might be a bit hectic. Saturday afternoons are nuts, I have trouble reining in one kid - I can't imagine four!

              I used to recommend Jones (7th and Chestnut, I think) but we were disappointed with our last brunch there.

              A side note - the cafeteria at the Please Touch Museum isn't bad. It's nothing to write home about, but it's fine.

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                bumble Jan 13, 2014 10:21 AM

                In Riva is pizza, child friendly and not very far from Smith Playhouse.

                The Centennial Cafe is right by PTM, you could walk there from the PTM but it's only open Wed-Sunday and for breakfast/lunch. Not the best food, but it's kid friendly.

                You could go to Sabrina's, either the Callowhill location or the one by Drexel. Both are about equal distance from the PTM and Smith's and are kid friendly. Portions are huge.

                If you're willing to trek to the Sabrina's by Drexel, then you might as well consider the new Shake Shack at 32nd & Chestnut.

                Both Smith and PTM allow you to bring food, so you may want to consider packing a lunch. I know the PTM is hard to tear a young child away sometimes.

                1. PattiCakes Jan 14, 2014 10:48 AM

                  Depending on your itinerary and how far you are traveling, Please Touch has ample facilities for you to bring your own lunch/snacks, sit down and eat. Sometimes the planning involved in doing that is worth it with 4 small kids.

                  In Fairmount, you might try Rye Bread.

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                    littlecmad Jan 20, 2014 02:19 PM

                    I've seen kids at Sabrina's lots of times. Also, I think Jones, or Dandelion would be fine with children as well as Parc.

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                      noya Jan 28, 2014 08:54 AM

                      thanks! we went to Sabrina's and loved it! Also to the Green Egg cafe.

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