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#1 DanM

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:43 AM

Are there any good kid friendly or kid centric restaurants around Boston? We have an adventurous 2 year old foodie in need of a good lunch. We are not sure what we will be doing while we are in town, so we do not have a specific part of town in mind.

thanks!

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#2 rotuts

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:04 AM

if you dont have a Chinatown near you Dim Sum in Chinatown is always a hit with kids.

Especially the chicken feet! very busy on the weekend though

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#3 LindaK

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:21 PM

Ditto the dim sum idea. Any of the restaurants in Chinatown would welcome kids, actually.

If you're in Cambridge, a favorite destination for my friends w/ kids is Summer Shack. Traditional New England seafood menu, served family style. The place is huge, so they can usually give you a table with a room for the little one to wander a bit without getting underfoot of the waitstaff. And the enormous lobster tank is a kid magnet. A bit outside the tourist circuit, though, but only a short drive or ride on the T (subway) from Harvard Sq to Alewife.


 


#4 rotuts

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:02 AM

Summer Shack! great idea!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:13 AM

Letting a 2 yr wander around any restaurant may not be the best idea for the kid, waitstaff, or especially the other diners.

#6 DanM

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:44 AM

The Summer Shack looks like fun, but may be a cruel trick after taking her to the aquarium.

We never let her run around, but like all healthy 2 year olds, she gets bored easily and makes her presence known.

An afternoon trip to JP Licks may be in order... If she behaves herself.

Edited by DanM, 19 April 2012 - 06:45 AM.

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#7 rotuts

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:26 AM

I had not heard of JP Licks. Well there is one near me so i plan to give it a try.

Im looking forward to 'hemp ice cream':

April Flavors
New! Dairy Free Hemp!

Pure Hemp - Hemp is one of the most nutritionally complete foods grown - enjoy its nutty essence in this flavor for all the purists among us.

Chocolate Hemp - Rich chocolate adds another dimension of flavor for a really groovy experience.

Id go with the Choc. i have no idea what this is. at least its 'nutritionally complete'

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#8 DanM

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:14 PM

JP Licks is quite popular with Boston's massive college crowd. Hemp seeds is a hippy ingredient that is experiencing a fad as of late. My favorite flavor of theirs is oatmeal cookie frozen yogurt.

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#9 LindaK

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:42 AM

Letting a 2 yr wander around any restaurant may not be the best idea for the kid, waitstaff, or especially the other diners.

I hear you, I was in no way encouraging disruptive or unsafe behavior. Having had many dinners there with kids, I can vouch for the fact that there's an area of the restaurant that (except during peak times) is away from other diners and out of traffic lanes, so staff routinely seat families with young kids there in case they get a bit restless. Good behavior still required.

But no matter if you're going to be at the aquarium, you don't want to schlep yourself to Cambridge for lunch. Chinatown, maybe, it's pretty close. In the immediate area, there are two places I'd recommend.

Sel de la Terre is a nice but casual place adjacent to the aquarium on nearby Long Wharf. Some outside seating if the weather is nice. They have a kids menu.

Sultan's Kitchen is a 5 minute walk up State Street. An unassuming cafe with excellent Turkish food, lots of vegetarian specialties as well as kabob plates and sandwiches. It's small and does brisk lunch business, so if you want a seat get there early or after the rush.

JP Licks is great, but I don't know of one anywhere near the aquarium. The nearest is on lower Newbury Street in Back Bay. I live close to the original JP Licks, which is a lot of fun if you happen to be staying in JP. But it would be a long trip for ice cream otherwise.

Have fun.


 


#10 rmillman

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

If it is nota game day: go to Bleacher Bar at the Fenway. Great burgers and a view onto the open Fenway field.

#11 DanM

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

Sultan's Kitchen is a 5 minute walk up State Street. An unassuming cafe with excellent Turkish food, lots of vegetarian specialties as well as kabob plates and sandwiches. It's small and does brisk lunch business, so if you want a seat get there early or after the rush.


Sultan's kitchen looks perfect!! She loves this type of food. I think we have a possible winner.
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#12 rotuts

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:00 AM

please consider some pics for us!