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.

Lemon Tree Kids Cafe

A play place and restaurant all rolled into one? Yes, please! The kids will have a blast exploring the play area that features a climbing gym, slides, ball pit, reading room and even a mini train ride. You can join in the fun or watch comfortably from your seat in the dining hall that has flatscreens displaying a video feed from the play area. To top it off, this is no average burgers and fries restaurant, instead the menu is a unique mash-up of Italian and Korean food. Whether you have a pizza and pasta lover or an adventurous eater willing to try some Kimchi Fried Rice, there's something to please everyone's palate, including your own.

621 S. Western Ave.
Online: lemontreekidscafe.com

photo: Ben G. via Yelp

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

—Shahrzad Warkentin