Jun 10

Moms Pick: Family-Friendly Dining in Los Angeles and San Diego

We love our Mom Mappers, they’re discovering great things to do, and in this case to eat, all around the US. That means the rest of us can just can just sit back and impress our friends (and look like absolute playdate geniuses) when we always manage to have the inside scoop! Here are some of our Mom Mappers’ favorite family-friendly restaurants in Southern California.

San Diego: Travelmamas
Corvette Diner
Rubio’s Mexican Grill
Pizza Port Brewing Company
The Fish Market
The Eggery

Los Angeles- West side Santa Monica: See Jane Fly
Spitfire Grill
Marix Tex Mex
R&D Kitchen

Los Angeles – East Side: See Jane Fly
Yard House
Bottega Louie – Italian
Cat and Fiddle – burger type staples with fountain outside
uWink – super kid friendly restaurant with lots of games
Original Pantry Cafe

Of course this is only a teeny, tiny scratch in the surface of delicious, kid-friendly dining. You can find plenty more great places to eat with your family in Southern California and beyond by browsing mommaps.com or our handy (and FREE) iPhone app. We know you’ve got favorite spots you that love to tell your friends about. Drop us a line and let us know what spots you love, what we’ve missed, and what kind of kid-friendly places you’re on the lookout for.

May 10

Parents Pick: Family Eats in San Francisco

All month we’re mapping kid friendly dining spots and inviting our fabulous Mom (and dad) Mappers across the country to share their favorites. This week we bring you picks from three San Francisco moms. What do you think of our list? Did we miss one of your favorites?

Emily’s Picks
1. Giorgio’s (Inner Richmond, Clement Street and 3rd Ave.) –Family friendly pizza place that allows children to play with dough – sometimes make their own pizza.

2. Beautifull! (Laurel Village, California at Laurel) – Cafe with plenty of healthy options with kids menu and free tasting.

3. Park Chow (Inner Sunset, 9th Ave. and Lincoln) – It’s pretty great when kid-friendly coincides with the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Top 100 Restaurants” list. Great comfort food made with fresh, organic ingredients.

4. Pacific Catch (Inner Sunset, 9th Ave. and Lincoln) – Seafood that’s kid friendly. Did I mention the sweet potato fries?

5. Green Chili Kitchen (NOPA, McAllister and Baker Streets) – A kid friendly, laid back neighborhood place. Modern twists on Mexican favorites and good rotisserie chicken, too.

Jill’s Picks
1. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant (Foot of Golden Gate Park at the Great Highway) – Grassy area in back that allows for picnics and places for kids to run around. Kid-friendly food.

2. Rigolo Cafe (Laurel Village, California between Locust and Laurel Streets) –Pacific Heights cafe that caters to Pacific Heights crowd. Kids menu with toys in back.

3. Asqew Grill (Laurel Village, California between Locust and Laurel Streets and other San Francisco, East bay and Marin Locations) –Nice kids menu that is reasonably priced. Free kids meals Mondays.

4. Mel’s Diner (Marina, Lombard between Steiner and Fillmore and other San Francisco and Southern California locations) – Great burger place that serves kids meals in a paper car! Balloons sometimes available. 🙂

5. IHOP (Marina, Lombard at Pierce Street and many other locations) – Nothing beats pancakes. Free kids dinners on some evenings – check in advance.

Tita’s Picks
1. Savor (Noe Valley, 24th Street and Sanchez) – This is a place that’s used to kids. All-day kids fare for $3.95 each (but drinks cost extra). As soon as they seat you, they bring the drawing paper (placemat/menu) and crayons.

2. Eric’s Restaurant (Noe Valley, Church Street at 27th Street) – Tasty Szechuan food, family-style dining, super fast service, cute melamine kiddie plates, and the ungrumbling way staff handle the inevitable spills. Plentiful din that allows your family’s noise to blend in with everyone else’s, and fortune cookies as take-home prizes.

3. Pasta Pomodoro (Noe Valley, 24th Street at Castro and other Bay Area and Southern California locations) – The ultimate in quick and easy kid-friendly dining. These people have the protocol down pat: coloring placemat/menu plus crayons, reasonably priced kids’ meals that range from fairly nutritious (chicken parm) to not so (cheesy pasta) and includes a drink and a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert. Best of all, kids eat free on Tuesdays.

4. La Boulange De Noe (Noe Valley, 24th Street at Sanchez and other San Francisco and Marin locations) – The casualness of this place makes it a decent choice when you’re with kids. There are a couple large, family-sized tables, stroller access is reasonable, and service is fairly quick (a hybrid of a sit-down restaurant and a coffee shop with counter service only).

Hungry for more? Our previous post “Calling All Foodie Moms and Dads” includes more great places to eat with kids in San Francisco. If you liked this list, download Mom Maps’ free iPhone app to browse thousands of kid-friendly places including restaurants, museums, parks and playgrounds. Take it on the road or discover something great in your own city. And stay tuned! We’ll be sharing more moms’ picks for good family eats across the U.S. in the coming weeks.