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Jul 22, 2003 12:36 PM

Kid restaurants

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We are looking for some restauants that 9 year olds would like. We are staying downtown at the Sheraton and will have transportation. The kids always order the same things; grilled cheese sandwich, pizza, fries etc. What we want is something that's interesting and FUN. They loved Gretzsky's and the Movenpick Marche. Does anyone have aby suggestions?

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  1. The Old Spaghetti Factory has been a mainstay of family restaurants for ages. Decor is really interesting for kids, they have carousel horses and cool stain glass and stuff.

    Plus it'll be really close to where you are staying. On the Esplanade, just east of Yonge St.

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    1. re: Chaagy

      Actually went to the Spaghetti Factory for the first time in years, when a visiting sibling felt like a nostalgia kick (our parents used to take us there all the time when we were little, when we came to TO to visit our grandparents). It was like going into a time warp...and not in a bad. Nothing fancy, but not bad either, and a chance to relieve some happy memories (everything looked like we remembered, down to the menu and bowls).

    2. You could try

      Licks - 1900 Queen East in the Beaches - it's not really a "restaurant", it's a burger joint, but it's fun.

      Lakeview Lunch - 1132 Dundas St. W - Little Portugal - Tuesday's kids 12 and under eat free (as long as they are with one adult). Cool (read pierced and tattooed) servers in traditional diner atmosphere. Interesting neighbourhood too!

      The Beacher Cafe - 2162 Queen E - The Beach - big patio and kid menu.

      let us know where you do end up going and what the kids think!

      1. Kids I know like the Pickle Barrel at the Eaton Centre
        or The Rainforest Cafe at Yorkdale mall which might be too out of the way.

        1. Another option that's easy to get to by subway or car is one of the Greek restaurants on the Danforth between Chester and Pape station. A place like Omonia or Papas Grill would be a great place for kids. They have a large varied menu for adults and they have a kids menu. An older child may even find something that they will try from the adult's menu. Do make sure that someone at the table orders Saganaki for an appetizer--it's cheese in a pan that they set on fire before at your table.

          The other suggestions are good ones for kids as well. I took some kids to the old Spaghetti Factory two weeks ago. Frankly the food wasn't very good, but the kids liked it & the restaurant. Plus the staff were real pros dealing with children. It's still dirt cheap.

          Gregs ice cream on Bloor, near St George station, is one of Toronto's best places for ice cream. Kids love this place. I find that they enjoy having the option to put toppings like smarties or reese's penut butter cups for their ice cream.

          I really miss what used to be the best place in Toronto for kids, the Organ Grinder, although I can't complain about the Bier Markt that's taken its place.

          We've had another discussion about eating with kids in Torontoon this board, just follow this link:

          Another link to Omonia is below.


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            ahhh....if it were still open...NOWHERE would beat the organ grinder restaurant on the esplanade....ahhh memories.
            id then have to say a good place for kids is the old spaghetti factory