SURVEY: What are Alameda’s kid-friendliest eateries?

SURVEY: What are Alameda’s kid-friendliest eateries?

Michele Ellson
Alameda restaurants

Attention parents of young children: Which Alameda restaurants are the most kid-friendly (and where will you never darken the door with your stroller again)? Do you love caffeinating at Café Au Lait, or filling up at the Pampered Pup?

Alameda a la Carte’s Denise Shelton is writing a piece for September about which Alameda nosh spots, coffee houses and ice cream parlors are the most (and least) kid-friendly and we need to hear from you about your experiences having coffee and getting a quick bite out.

Denise will publish the results of our survey in her September 12 column. Thanks for your input!

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

El Caballo Wraps (next to Pagano's on Lincoln) has had lots of kids on many occasions I have eaten there. Ditto for Otaez on Webster. And, of course, there is the top draw for kids of all ages--Tucker's....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Tucker's and Tomatina

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Otaez, definitely. Tuckers, Tomatina, and Linguini's. Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy too.

Submitted by Vincent San Nicolas (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Crolls Pizza, great slices for everyone's tastes.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

For toddlers ages 2 and under:
* La Penca Azul (Bayfarm) - they have awesome service, they are quick and very accomodating.
* I went to Tomatina with my toddlers on a Tues. The new girl who was seating people told me it was a 40 minute wait (I have toddlers and they can't wait that long). But the other hostess stepped in and gave us a table. It was a little crowded, the food took at least 20 minutes to come, and then the food was so hot they had to wait till it cooled down. I won't go there again till the kids are older.

Submitted by phastphill (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Tucker's is not an eatery!

Playing a round at Subpar with pizza from Linguini's is pretty great.

But the best has got to be homeroom cafe! they have awesome SPICY thai food but can go mild for the kids. They're super friendly and patient with kids on the slot car tracks, there are tons of other toys and books to read, lots of fun things to look at on the walls, even hanging from the ceiling! I've even played chess with my son there.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Blue Dot on Encinal Ave.

Submitted by phastphill (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Homeroom Cafe! They have great Thai food and aren't afraid to turn up the heat if requested. The staff is all friendly and extremely patient and understanding with even small children using the slot car racetrack. On top of that, they have a large assortment of toys, books and games, and tons of fun stuff to look at on the walls and hanging from the ceiling.

Submitted by Tracy Zollinger (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

+Cafe Q on Encinal near Park Street- they have board games and great food. It is a favorite hangout for my son and I. Quality eats from an excellent chef in a casual setting.
+Tomatina - one of our all time favorites. If we tell them we are hungry and in a hurry, they make it happen. We ask for the house bread to start off (focaccia slices on the house) to fend off any tantrums (adult or kid tantrums ;-))
+Ankor Grill - Quiet place with great food that tastes home cooked. My son swears the Lemongrass Chicken cures colds. Service is fast and there is always a place to sit.

Submitted by John (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Yellow tail Sushi has been a great Friday night spot with our children. Edemame, Chicken yakitori and rice for the kids..

Submitted by Nancy (not verified) on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Cafe Q
Yellow Tail

Submitted by Reid (not verified) on Wed, Aug 21, 2013

I would say that most restaurants are good for kids. It is the parents that are the problem. So many allow their kids to act irresponsibly. Life would be better if the restaurants forced the kids to sit down, be quite and understand what social etiquette is all about.

Submitted by Jen (not verified) on Thu, Aug 22, 2013

I think that most restaurants and cafe's in Alameda are kid-friendly. In my experience, they kind of have to be to succeed here! Here are our family favorites: Blue Dot, Yellow Tail, Kamakura, Wescafe (usually for coffee and a treat before or after the farmer's market), Jay's Cafe.

Submitted by Alexis (not verified) on Fri, Aug 23, 2013

Cafe Q is pretty awesome. My 15 month old loves to eat their pasta specials. High chairs, board games for bigger kids, paper kids activity mats are a plus too

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