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Best Bay Area Family-Friendly Dining

April 4, 2011 3:56 PM

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We all love the luxury of eating out. Bringing the kids along, however, is a totally different dining experience. The task of keeping your little ones behaved and busy can be daunting. To help you out, blogger Sharon Bura has picked her favorite Bay Area dining spots that will feed your family with friendly arms. High chairs, crayons, patient staff? Check!

Moki’s Sushi and Pacific Grill
615 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
Moki’s Sushi and Pacific Grill 

In the mood for sushi but can’t leave the kids at home with a babysitter? Not to worry! Moki’s accommodates families with their prompt service and friendly staff. Sushi comes out fairly quickly and the rolls are generous. Arrive early, as couples (sans children) tend to take over on a Friday night, and Moki’s doesn’t take reservations. The menu notes that children must remain supervised, so while you’ve got one eye on your crab roll, keep the other on your crew.

Little Joe’s Pizzeria
5006 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Little Joe’s Pizzeria 

Located in San Francisco’s Excelsior District, Little Joe’s provides plenty of street parking and is great for group dining. The pies are large, filling and most importantly, delicious. Their garlic bread is definitely crave worthy; crispy on the top, soft to bite into, chewy on the crust, “garlicky” on taste. The service is friendly and warm, so there’s a definite family-feel to the establishment. It doesn’t tend to get crowded Little Joe’s, so let the kiddos run free and make some noise. Just don’t tell ‘em we told you so.

Kingfish
201 South B. St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Kingfish 

Kingfish is the place to go when you’re seeking for some Louisiana flavor. The ambience is great for romance; dim with candle lighting and brick walls with colorful artwork. Food is fantastic here, especially their mean skirt steak paired with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. Kingfish’s kids’ menu means there’s no reason you can’t take the whole family to date night. No technical reason, that is.

Buca Di Beppo
855 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Buca Di Beppo 

Buca di Beppo is entertaining as soon as you walk in the door. The pictures on the walls are enough to keep the most rambunctious rascal busy. Great for large parties, this loud Italian spot can get pretty crowded. Family-style servings make it easy for family-size groups and the ambient noise can usually drown out the occasional tantrum.

Lucky Chances’ Cafe Colma
1700 Hillside Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94015
Lucky Chances 

You’re probably thinking, “The casino in Daly City?” Yeah, why not? This casino is open to all. Drag your brood past the chain-smoking gamblers to the eclectic cafe, featuring a variety of American, Filipino and Chinese food. With all the noise and flashing lights, it’ll seem like an adventure to your little ones, and a campy getaway for you.

Millbrae Pancake House
1301 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA 94030
Millbrae Pancake House 

Get here early, especially on a Sunday because this place can get pretty packed while you wait for your table. Once your seated, however, service comes quick. Great for families and large groups, Millbrae Pancake House offers a great classic breakfast. Don’t miss the kid-pleasing crispy waffles with house-made whipped cream and huge, fluffy pancakes.

Jeffrey’s Hamburgers
42 S. B St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Jeffrey’s Hamburgers 

Marvelous milkshakes, great hamburgers and sweet potato fries? Why, those are the perfect ingredients for a happy family. Kid-friendly,Jeffrey’s offers the fun “flat” dogs and yummy, classic grilled cheese sandwiches. You’ll find something for even your pickiest eater at Jeffrey’s. This spot is perfect for parents who need to convince their growing gourmet that a hamburger is still good after the pickle has touched it. Only you and I will know that it’s totally gross. Ewww. Pickles.

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Sharon Bura (credit: Sharon Bura)

San Francisco native, Sharon Bura, is an outdoor explorer who loves to venture into new territory. She also likes to write about her food experiences at different restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find her food reviews on Yelp.com.

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