With LA’s vast array of eateries, it’s not too hard to find one with a kids menu. However, these brilliant spots go the extra mile of keeping kids entertained long enough to let you chew, taste and even savor your food. So long mad dash dining; flip through and check out our picks for the best restaurants with pre & post (and even during) meal distractions.

Button Mash

Awesome food, from the team behind Starry Kitchen. Classic video games. Retro pricing, where each token is a quarter, just like the good old days. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food choices. A killer selection of beer, wine and even Mexican Cokes or Watermelon Ginger Agua Fresca for the kids. We've totally peaked your interest, right? Parents love the tofu balls, Brussels sprouts and garlic noodles, while kids devour the mac and cheese and bacon or burgers and fries. Kids are welcome until 9 p.m., but we find it's best to bring kids on the early side (they open at 4 p.m. on the weekends and 5 p.m. on weekdays) before local hipsters takeover the joint. Bonus: you get to introduce them to your favorite arcade classics.

1931 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park
Online: buttonmashla.com

photo: Brian C. via Yelp

Do you have a favorite restaurant that keeps your little diners distracted? Share any we missed in the comments!

—Shahrzad Warkentin