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Suggestions for day in LA with 3 year old

We will be traveling from Disneyland to a hotel near LAX on a Friday in May. Does anyone have any suggestions for nice places to eat with a three year old for lunch and dinner. Also, suggestions about things to do between lunch and dinner with a 3 year old in those areas are welcome.

One of the places that we were thinking about was Spago for lunch. My wife and I ate there for dinner about 6 years ago and really enjoyed it. However, we are open to suggestions.

Also, any nice place that is in or near a high end mall would be a plus.

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  1. While suggestions of things to do with your 3 year old are usually outside the mandate of this site I would suggest you look to a stop in downtown LA for the offerings at lunch at the newly revamping Grand Central Market (GCM) http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/ or perhaps at the permanent Original Farmers Market http://www.farmersmarketla.com/ near West Hollywood.

    Burgers at Belcampo http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970281 if you do the GCM would be a good idea or take a look at eggslut http://www.eggslut.com/ and if you do the Farmers Market you will be near Son of a Gun http://sonofagunrestaurant.com/ along with many other possibilities.

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    1. re: Servorg

      The Farmer's Market and Grand Central Market are the perfect places.

    2. A perfect match to your last sentence would be Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza.

      1. Spago was revamped (both the physical location and the menu), and I don't know if it'd as kid-accessible now as it might've been 6 yrs ago.

        Don't know if things that aren't as upscale as the old Spago will qualify has "nice," but here goes....

        Clementine's in Century City for lunch? It's very casual, though. Parking can be painful, but the food is quite tasty. And then you could walk across the street to the Westfield mall. You could simply eat at the Century City mall, too (food court and independent restaurants abound there).

        The Santa Monica mall might also be a good option (they have multiple restaurants there + outdoor seating + 3rd Street Promenade close by).

        1. Somewhere at the beach? I don't know much about the food on Venice Beach, but it's fun people watching. And Paradise Cove Malibu may not be a culinary destination, but it's fun to be able to have a table looking at the ocean with your feet, quite literally, in the sand. Duke's in Malibu, a bit closer to town, offers a similar experience in the Barefoot Bar. Or....if you want a higher end food experience....Nobu may be open for lunch on weekends. Not sure about that.

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          1. re: perk

            Nobu Malibu serves a brunch on weekends.

          2. 3YO, 7MO, same principle more or less:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/971630

            Beverly Center has Obika and Capitale Grill.

            Fig/7th (come May 17) has blah blah blah stores, City Tavern (beer on the patio, while the todds munch on Pazzo Gelato -- thank you jesus), Mendocino, Loteria,