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Who wants to go out to eat tonight? You, your kids and aunt Glenda, that's who! Yep, you'll be dining with the whole family in Santa Barbara this evening, and you know what that means: plenty of potential for hijinks and foibles and tearful tantrums.
What you need is a place with plenty of seating, great atmosphere, a varied menu and, quite possibly, a little background noise (to drown out any arguments).
Relax, we are here to save the day. This list of the ten best family-friendly restaurants in Santa Barbara has something for everyone, without being full of the usual chain restaurants and pizza parlors.
If you're looking for a fun dinner stop, try Harry's Plaza Cafe on upper State St. There is free parking, plenty of seating and a wide menu of classics - from spaghetti to enchiladas to tuna melts. They have killer desserts too, like a nine-scoop banana split that's sure to impress the younger set.
Over 21? The bar at Harry's is also something of a legend. Hope you like stiff drinks!
For breakfast, stop into the Cajun Kitchen for pancakes, scrambles, muffins and more. There are two locations close to downtown. Prices are fair, and portions are generous.
Remember, you're on vacation to have a good time. So take the family out to eat, and let someone else do the dishes!