For every super hip, slightly snobby, incredibly expensive restaurant in Los Angeles (and let's face it, there are a lot of them in this town), there is happily the counterpart in even larger numbers. By that we mean family-friendly restaurants, casual places that welcome kids, places with menus that won't break the bank, but that still know how to make top-notch fare. Many, like the recently opened Holy Cow BBQ in Santa Monica, as well as Canter's Deli, Islands, Dave & Buster's, El Segundo Fish Company, and Slater's 50/50, offer special menus just for the kids. And it isn't just the menus that draw families to our favorite places around the city, for the staff at these family-friendly restaurants genuinely seem to like children and don't mind that occasionally things might turn a bit loud and boisterous. Some of our picks are old favorites (Du-par's and Canter's Deli, for example), tried and true places that have been popular with families for what seems like forever, while others are newcomers who have proven from the very start that they are perfectly happy to hear the pitter patter of little feet heading in for a favorite bite to eat, be it a taco, a burger, a pancake or even a big plate of free-range chicken shawarma (you'll find that one at Urban Garden Lebanese Kitchen).
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