Look forward to seeing and experiencing glamour and diverse culture in Los Angeles, California. While plenty of wonderful things to do and see are situated close to your vacation rental in Los Angeles, finding a kid-friendly place to eat might be a bit challenging. That said, check out these eateries that offer tasty food and fun for your entire family.
1. Lemon Street Kids & Family Restaurant
Be sure to wear socks when you visit this playful, kid-friendly eatery because shoes are not allowed. Wearing the provided indoor slippers, kids under eight love skipping around the large play area that features a mini-train ride, a merry-go-round, climbing apparatus, and plenty of toys. There’s a monitor in each restaurant booth so you can keep an eye on them while waiting for your food. Place your order from the diverse Korean, American, and Italian menu.
2. Engine Co. No. 28
Housed in a restored 1912 firehouse, the kids get to inspect plenty of firefighter memorabilia like authentic helmets and jackets hanging on a coat rack. Order up some great fare from the Junior Firefighter’s menu which includes pasta, hot and delicious mac and cheese with bacon, lemonade to wash it down, and a delicious fudge sundae to cool the palate. Adults have plenty of choices as well, including the shrimp po-boy with garlic fries, and the steak sandwich with caramelized onions.
3. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Located in the center of the Universal CityWalk just outside Universal Studios, take the entire family to enjoy dinner with a Hollywood ambiance. If the kids aren’t crazy about calamari, shrimp mac and cheese, or shrimp hush pups, they have an enormous selection of good old-fashioned kids’ fare. Choose from ribs, corn dogs, and grilled cheese to put a smile on little faces. Top off the meal with fruit or let them compete with their siblings to see who can build the best ‘do-it-yourself’ ice cream sundae.
4. Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop
Stop by this bright and cheery eatery before heading out for a day of sightseeing, surfing, or shopping. Energize the kids with a breakfast of scrambled eggs or puff cakes with powdered sugar and a sweet syrup drizzle. The Nutella and banana sandwich is a favorite for lunch, or choose grilled cheese with fruit, buttered pasta, or a made-fresh, Margarita-style pizza. Pick up some fresh-baked Oreo-style cookies to snack on later.
5. Huckleberry Cafe and Bakery
This family-owned restaurant offers an all-day menu of healthy organic and GMO-free food made from ingredients supplied by local artisans and growers. In addition to seasonal fruits and homemade sweets, the kids choose from warm buttermilk biscuits with fresh preserves, roasted fingerling potatoes, chicken fingers, or the popular peanut butter and jelly on fresh-baked brioche.
6. Johnny Rocket
This 1950s-inspired, diner-style restaurant is fun for the entire family. The decor features vintage WWII posters of women in armed services uniforms, each booth has its own jukebox station, and the comfortable booths have bright chrome trim and red vinyl seats. Kids watch burgers being flipped on the grill, and giggle with delight when the staff stops what they are doing and begin to sing and dance. If burgers aren’t their thing, encourage them to order crispy chicken fingers, a melty grilled cheese, or a hot dog smothered with relish and mustard.
7. Playa Provisions
Kick off your family beach day with a stop at this casual dockside restaurant. Relax inside or out while you enjoy a warm cinnamon roll and the kids wolf down an egg-in-a-hole on pretzel bread, fresh fish tacos, or peanut butter and jelly with a twist. The Small Batch area is a great place to enjoy a delicious made-on-site ice cream cone, or you can order up a few tuna on ciabatta bread sandwiches to take with you, and don’t forget the Shark Attack cupcakes for dessert.
8. Pink’s Hot Dogs
No vacation in Los Angeles is complete without grabbing a hot dog at this historic eatery in West Hollywood that began in 1939 as a pushcart on a corner. The menu is immense and entertaining. Many of the dogs are named for the celebrities with favorite specialized dogs, such as the Martha Stewart dog that is stacked with mustard, relish, onions, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, bacon, and sour cream. See how many celebrities you and the kids can identify on the photograph-lined walls.
9. Rainforest Cafe
Kids have a blast in this jungle-themed restaurant. The kids interact with robotic animals as they dine, and among the visitors are Tuki the curious baby elephant, Rio the macaw who loves to sing and dance, and Ozzie the wacky, big-hearted orangutan. Help them choose a meal like Jurassic chicken tenders, a Gorilla grilled cheese delight, Python pasta, or Castaway pizza with healthy sides such as applesauce, fresh fruit, and steamed vegetables. Top off the meal with a Lava Mud dessert made of creamy chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo cookies, and gummy worms.
10. Snooknuk Cafe
Let the kids burn off some excess energy at this wonderfully creative cafe and shoe-free indoor playground. The walls are lined with fanciful fairytale-inspired murals, making it easy for the kids to get lost in their imaginations. Encourage them to participate in some classes like Messy Arts and Crafts, run the obstacle course, do some tumbling, or sit in on a storytime adventure. The food menu includes a variety of salads for you, panini sandwiches for the kids along with Pop Chips and Welsh Fruit Snacks.
11. Cafe 50’s
Grab an old-fashioned burger and fries at this kitschy cafe. Select from over 43 kinds of milkshakes such as the chocolate turtle, apple pie, or classic strawberry. The menu is vast, so there’s something for everyone in the family. Take your kids in on the last Wednesday of every month and feed them for free; there is one catch, however: they must show up in their pajamas.
12. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen
This classic Italian restaurant offers a variety of favorites including calamari fritti and numerous pastas, many of which are served with iconic pink Bolognese sauce. Kids receive coloring papers and crayons to entertain them while the customized pizzas they create are baking. Top off the meal with homemade, just-out-of-the-oven cookies.
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