DineL.A., the two-week gastronomic event where over 300 local restaurants participate in special menu options, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. But we wanted to know where to go with our kids…so who better to ask than dineL.A. Director Stacey Sun, who also happens to be a new mom to adorable daughter Imogen. She gave us her picks for the 2018 winter program that starts Jan. 12 and runs through Jan. 26. From Pasadena all the way to the Westside, there’s something for everyone on this list, all but eliminating the question, “Where should we go to eat?” Check out the list below and then start making reservations, cause family meals are about to go next level.
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“Who doesn’t love tacos? Even dragons love tacos :) You’ll be getting your fill of tacos at this L.A. Institution. Plus, if you’re sightseeing in Hollywood and need a break, Loteria Grill is the perfect place to pull over for tacos made with handmade tortillas,” recommends Sun.
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In Pasadena, Sun says, “It’s all about their famous Twohey’s bittersweet sundae. Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, toasted almonds, drizzled with their housemade bittersweet fudge. Every kid and kid-ult will love it. Lucky for you, it’s on their dineL.A. dinner menu. For $39, you get a salad, entrée, dessert plus a glass of beer or wine.”
“If you are looking for that interactive dinner experience where your kids can finally help with the cooking? Gyu-kaku is where you can get the whole family involved, and there are eight locations throughout L.A. participating. Every table comes with a charcoal grill so you can cook your own meat. Plus there are plenty of different protein options and veggie friendly options, too.
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“After a full day at Universal with the kids and chugging frozen butterbeer, The Front Yard at the Garland Hotel is a great place to wind down with good food that the whole family can enjoy and real beer,” says Sun.
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“Finding a place that opens early for dinner because the kids need to be in bed by 7 p.m. can be challenging. But at HiHo Cheeseburger, they open at 3:30 p.m. for dinner. YES!” says Sun. “And their dineL.A. dinner menu includes their triple cheeseburger, iceberg salad, hand cut fries, your choice of a slice of pie or shake made with Straus. And to top it all off, a glass of red or white wine for the parents. All for $29.”
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Sun says, “For the kid who loves meat, specifically prime rib, Lawry’s is the perfect spot for the family. A meal at Lawry’s has built-in entertainment. The spinning salad is spun and tossed tableside. Same with the prime rib which is wheeled out in a show-stopping silver cart with mountains of prime rib carved to order.”
Which dineL.A. spots are you going to try with your family? Let us know in the comments below!