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Baby Friendly in LA

Will be in LA for parts of a weekend for a wedding and its our first trip with our twin babies in toe...they'll be 7 months. Usually our vacations are filled with dining destinations--highbrow and lowbrow alike, but obviously this one will be different. Still, we'd like to retain some semblance of our former lives...any recommendations?

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  1. Preferred location(s)? Any type of food likes vs dislikes? Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner? Budget? I am assuming you will have a car?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Yes, will have a car. And probably staying by the airport, but will have parts of around 3 days to explore (with a 2-night trip up to Santa Barbara sandwiched in the middle), so all three meals. Have never been to LA, so will look for touristy type things that we can do with two infants--Santa Monica Pier/Venice Beach, Hollywood Walk of Fame, open to recommendations--so in those areas. But not opposed to making a restaurant the destination too. Open to any kind of food--but partial to local and ethnic specialties, and iconic establishments and creative foodie finds.

      1. re: wallyg

        All these places are both close to the airport (LAX anyway) and extremely "baby" friendly. For Santa Barbara recommendations you will need to post separately on the California board - which you can find here: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/3 where those requests are handled.

        Coni' Seafood, a place that features dishes from Nayarit and Sinaloa Mexico is an absolute MUST since you will be close to them during your stay. You should read this review by one of the LA board regulars, Mr. Taster http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8569...

        For location and photos of Coni' Seafood check out Yelp here http://www.yelp.com/biz/coniseafood-i...

        You should also try breakfast or lunch at Pann's www.panns.com

        First of all Pann's is a classic "googie" architectural gem. Secondly it's a type UN favorite (in other words folks from every race, creed and color) who want great wings & waffle combos or one of the best patty melts in the city or their best in show biscuits or a corned beef hash that makes me cry - at least when it's available - a special only made when they actually make their corned beef.

        There are actually two very good, chow-worthy halal Indian/Pakistani restaurants also close by LAX, Al Noor http://www.alnoor-restaurant.net/ and Al Watan http://www.alwatanrestaurant.com/

        If you want to sample some beach life then head over to Manhattan Beach for breakfast at Uncle Bill's Pancake House http://www.unclebills.net/ which has been around forever drawing in crowds of hungry locals and tourists alike.

        Now if you want to take the scenic route up to Santa Barbara along the coast (which is a much nicer drive than taking the 405 to the 101) then you need to plan lunch at Moqueca http://www.moquecarestaurant.com/ for their very unique Brazilian stews that are rare in the US.

        Finally, for a nice baby friendly day with good food you should go over to the permanent farmer's market at 3rd Street and Fairfax to look around and sample the local eats. Or head downtown to the newly revamping Grand Central Market for what is great fun as well and a cheeseburger that is currently lighting up the LA chowhound board at Belcampo http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970281

        1. re: Servorg

          if you end up at uncle bill's pancake house, be aware that it will be jammed at "normal" eating hours.
          their wonderful waffles covered with melted cheddar and french toast covered with cheddar are not secrets to the locals.
          especially on a weekend, you can't just drop in and get a seat whenever you want.

      2. Thank you for the advice, Servorg. To give some more background...places I'm thinking about...Kogi truck, Langer's, Din Tai. Coni sounds interesting...definitely would want Mexican on any potential list.

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        1. re: wallyg

          For Mexican, consider Amor y Tacos (see here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/962707 ).

          Also consider Parks BBQ for Korean BBQ.

          1. re: wallyg

            Langer's is always a good idea if you are looking for one of the premier pastrami sandwiches in the US. Coni' is one of those completely unique and absolutely delicious places that you simply will thank yourself for taking the time to try.

            As ipse says above, Korean is one of the things that LA excels at and Parks is the quintessential example of Korean BBQ. Baby friendly at Korean places is a given and it's also great fun to cook your own meat on your personal grill.

            1. re: Servorg

              focus people!

              but while talking korean BBQ...do you think LA places would be appreciably better/different than what we can get here in NY?

              1. re: wallyg

                let's see.. NY have 2 streets (plus a couple of suburbs), and no parking.

                we have a few square miles and $2 valet.

                also, searching baby/toddler/infant shows:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/968968
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926851
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904036
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900056
                (limited results to thread numbers in the nine hundred thousands

                )

                and try this site which focuses on toddler dining in LA:
                www.tastertosla.com

            2. re: wallyg

              I've been to Din Tai Fung with a baby, and it was very easy. The only thing is, you will want to time your visit for off-peak hours to avoid a long wait (which I always do anyway).

            3. Breakfast or lunch or brunch at Back to the Beach on the sand in Santa Monica would be fun. There is an adjacent play area on the sand for the kids and the eggs, salads and burger dishes are good quality.

              1. Souplantion (a chain) is all over LA with many locations. Very baby friendly salad bars. They even have high chairs on wheels.

                1. All of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica is baby friendly.

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                  1. re: maudies5

                    The best place for 'baby friendly'.
                    No question.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      I had lunch at R+D Kitchen on Sunday and couldn't believe how many babies and small children were there - even at the bar, which I always thought was illegal!

                      1. re: aching

                        It seems like those little humans are poised to take over the world someday...

                        1. re: aching

                          One more most excellent reason to eat at Father's Office...

                          1. re: Servorg

                            You're right, Father's Office is definitely not baby friendly! At 34, I STILL get carded every time I go there.

                            1. re: aching

                              My wife and I were just walking into R+D Kitchen one night when a couple were heading for the door with their squalling toddler in tow, and all of the people in the very crowded bar area, along most of the restaurant, were actually applauding and whistling to show how glad they were to see the last of whatever the Cirque du Soleil floor show must have been taking place prior to them exiting...We both started laughing.

                        2. re: maudies5

                          For reals. For a little while there seemed to be a war brewing between toy breed dogs and toddlers. It was a rout. Babies and toddlers own that street now.