Posted by Carol, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 8, 2007 at 8:45 pm
Good question, I have the same problems.
We like Sizzlers, Chilis and Fresh Choice in Mountain View, Applebees in Redwood City. Depending on the age of your children, we like The Roadhouse on Castro Street in Mountain View, but it isn't really for the very young.
Unfortunately, can't think of anywhere suitable in Palo Alto, but would really love to get ideas from others.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 8, 2007 at 10:12 pm
Compadres in south Palo Alto on El Camino and Hobees are both good places, depending on the age of your kids. Compadres has a special deal for kids, I believe on Sunday nights, and Hobees has a kids menu that is very reasonable. With a Hobees coupon from Pizzaz you get a two-for-one adult meal any night of the week too!
Posted by We eat out too much!, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 4, 2007 at 8:56 pm
We out with our kids way too much...but we find that there are many restaurants that on the outside seem to 'fancy', but are so friendly when you get inside. My kids don't run around in restaurants, but are very picky, and these restaurants have always been so great about making things 'to order'. Good luck!
- Tai Pan (yes, it looks fancy, but they are always sooo kind to our kids!)
Posted by Grandma, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2007 at 3:26 am
Try California Cafe, it's slightly more up-scale than some of the other restaurants mentioned. They do have a children's menu for the younger ones but it is a great place to take your older children and get them used to choosing what maybe different foods off a menu. Don't let them eat too much bread first!!!!!
Posted by Marie, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm
I should add: Curry House has very reasonable and yummy kids meals, i.e., meatballs in Japanese curry sauce over rice, corn chowder, breaded prawn, potato wedges, egg slices and cantaloupe for 4.95. They also have spaghetti in tomato sauce and chicken teriyaki with similar sides.
Posted by Sarah, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm
Any Chinese restaurant will be child-friendly. Dishes are served "family style" so kids and adults can eat as much as they want; and you can easily take the left overs home for tomorrow. Different styles of Chinese food (Cantonese vs. Sichuan vs. Shanghai vs. Beijing vs. Mongolian, etc.) taste very different, so you have lots of variety to choose from.