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.

 photo: via Max Wanger

The Valley

Casa Vega
13301 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-4868
Online: www.casavega.com

West Hollywood

Connie & Ted’s
8171 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
(323) 848-CRAB
Online: www.connieandteds.com

Los Angeles

photo: via Fundamental DTLA


Fundamental DTLA
750 S. Grand Ave. Ste 30
Los Angeles
(213) 935-8180
Online: http://www.fundamental-la.com/

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
351 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles
(323) 591-0094
Online: www.plancheck.com

The Mighty
108 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 278-0025
Online: www.themightydtla.com

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Mid-City

Café Gratitude Larchmont
639 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 580-6383
Online: www.cafegratitude.com

Chinatown

Chego
727 N. Broadway, Ste. 117
Los Angeles
Online: www.eatchego.com

LASA
727 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 443-6163
Online: www.lasa-la.com

Hollywood

photo: Ray N. via Yelp

“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.

Loteria Grill 
6627 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles
(323) 465-2500
Online: loteriagrill.com

Echo Park

Cosa Buona
2100 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Online: cosabuona.com 

Pasadena

photo: via Twohey’s Tavern

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.”

Twohey’s Tavern
2835 E Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
(626) 449-2337
Online: www.twoheystavern.com/

“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.

Burbank

Gyukaku
116 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank
(818) 846-0779
Online: www.gyu-kaku.com

Studio City

photo: Rhocelli P. via Yelp

“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.

The Front Yard
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA
(818) 255-7290
Online: frontyardla.com

Westside

photo: Nina K. via Yelp

“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.”

HiHo Cheeseburger
1320 2nd St B.,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-469-7250
Online: www.hiho.la

Blue Plate Taco
1515 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-458-2985
Online: www.blueplatetaco.com

Charcoal Venice
425 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 751-6794
Online: www.charcoalvenice.com

photo: Winnie L. via Yelp

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.”

Lawry’s The Prime Rib
100 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Bevely Hills
(310) 652-2827
Online: www.lawrysonline.com/

Lunetta Dining Room and Bar
2420 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Online: www.lunettasm.com

Maple Block Meat Company
3973 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
Online: www.mapleblockmeat.com

 

Which dineL.A. spots are you going to try with your family? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber