The New Mexicans

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: The New Mexicans
Cuisine: Southwest
Visit Date: March 10th, 2017
Location: Everett, WA
Address: 1416 Hewitt Ave
Price of Kids Meal: $5, plus drink
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Highchairs available: Yes
-Drinks: $1 kids drinks available
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: They have a children’s menu, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was child-friendly.
-Welcoming touches for children: Coloring page & crayons offered
Additional Comments:
-Alcohol (including mixed drinks) available for the grown-ups
-Downtown Everett parking can be tricky sometimes, but an easy walk from both the Children’s Museum and the Historic Theatre.
-No outdoor seating
-This is a table service & waitstaff type of restaurant

I was so excited to come here for brunch and celebrate my grandma’s birthday, but I was really disappointed by the food. My mom checked out the menu ahead of time on their website, and everything sounded so good, plus we always love supporting local, family-run businesses, but they just couldn’t deliver. I ordered the pancakes off of the kids menu, my mom ordered the French toasted cinnamon roll (we love cinnamon rolls!), and my grandma ordered a bloody Mary & french fries (the usual for her birthday). First of all, the pancakes were the size of my head. Actually, they were bigger than my head. There was nothing child-sized about them, and they were just plain pancakes on a plate with a side of butter. Not a very healthy choice for a growing girl. Second of all, the cinnamon rolls weren’t all that great. They were dry and sugary (I know cinnamon rolls are suposed to be sweet, but these had the actual flavor of sugar), and the french toast business just meant they had a scrabbled egg kinda stuck on the outside. Fail. Third, my grandma’s fries were floppy & greasy. Yuck! She said her bloody Mary was good, but since she’s a vegetarian, she did not have kind words to say about the lil’ smoky they used as garnish. I gladly took that off her hands.

Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll be eating here again any time soon. 🙁

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

The Soup Cellar – Leavenworth, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: The Soup Cellar
Cuisine: Bratwursts, Soup & Salad Bar
Visit Date: January 2017
Location: Leavenworth, WA
Address: 815 Front St # B
Price of Kids Meal: $7.49
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: Yes, and it was a large single-occupant restroom which makes it nice for potty-ing with your parents.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No
-Highchairs available: Yes
-Drinks: Milk available with straws.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Yes, although my mom kinda freaked out about every kids meal being served with a big pile of french fries AND a pudding cup.
-Welcoming touches for children: None in particular.
Additional Comments:
-Beer & wine available
-Tight space with steep stairs, which may make it tricky for those in a stroller.
-No outdoor seating.
-No table service/counter service only, but soups & salad bar are serve-yourself style, which means you don’t have to wait on the kitchen staff to cook your stuff if you are really hungry.

Sometimes, I just want a slice of pizza or a hot dog, and The Soup Cellar is the perfect spot on a day like that. My parents, however, can get very particular about their food. They said it tasted fresh-from-the-Sysco-truck & were hoping for something more homemade. We did all agree that you can’t beat the speed here, and it was a great place to bring large families or picky eaters. They said the prices were good, too, so I think we’ll be back again someday.

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

NYP Bar & Grill – Everett, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: NYP Bar & Grill
Cuisine: Burgers
Visit Date: March 25th, 2016
Location: Everett, WA
Address: 1321 SE Everett Mall Way
Price of Kids Meal: $7
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: Yes, but it’s a left-handed one, so it was a bit tricky.
-Child hand washing made convenient: Not really.
-Highchairs available: Yes, but no booster seats. One of the staff members had some extra Bumbo seats at home & brought them in for customers to use as boosters, but since my rear end has been too big for a Bumbo since I was about 6-months-old, I can’t imagine that the big kids are very comfortable in them.
-Drinks: Ice water was served in a lidded cup with a bendy straw.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu:  Yes…except there were NO fruits or vegetables anywhere on the kids menu. When mama asked the waiter, he said they don’t really have any fruits or vegetables because they don’t serve steak. He then offered to look for some fruit because they do serve fruit on Sundays. Strange.
-Welcoming touches for children: Crayons for coloring on the kids menu.
Additional Comments:
-This place specializes in local ingredients and local brews.
-Located within walking distance of a used book store, a pet store, and Toys ‘R’ Us. You can make a whole day of it!
-No outdoor seating available.

NYP Kids MenuI took my mom and grandma to NYP Bar & Grill for my grandma’s birthday, and she loved it! She raved about the Bloody Mary she had, and her onion rings were super yummy. I didn’t mind the lack of fruits & veggies because I just ate the lime, dilly bean, and cocktail onion from the Bloody Mary, then the waiter brought a side of fruit leftover from last Sunday. My mom gave me the tomato off of her burger & we called it good. My mom loved her burger too. The only problem with our visit was some front-of-house stuff. One server spilled mom’s fries, another one spilled a sauce cup in the lap of our neighbor, it took forever to get out bill (we walked in at 11:10 and didn’t walk out until 12:45), and our waiter wasn’t too sharp. (For example, when grandma asked for a lemon, she was given a lime, and when trying to explain the difference between the million dipping sauces they offer, he explained Chipotle Aioli as “Ranch-based.”) They specialize in Washington brews, but their coasters were from a brewery in Colorado because “they were cheaper.”

Back of house = A+

Front of house = C-

Pull it together, guys.

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

Dim Sum Factory – Bellevue, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: Dim Sum Factory
Cuisine: Asian (Dim Sum)
Visit Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2015
Location: Bellevue, WA
Address: 4092 Factoria Blvd SE
Price of Kids Meal: No kids meals, but Dim Sum was $7-$10 each, which would be the right size for a child.
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: No, but there is one in the mall restroom if you’re willing to walk.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No.
-Highchairs available: Yes, but they were strange, and not terribly effective.
-Drinks: Water was served to me in an pink acrylic glass without a lid or straw. I thought it was cool, but I did spill quite a bit. Opps!
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Not really.
-Welcoming touches for children: None.
Additional Comments:
-Located inside of Bellevue’s Factoria Mall.
-Awesome viewing area into the kitchen, as long as the servers aren’t that busy and don’t mind you standing in their work space.

This was the first time I felt like a restaurant was a true “fail.”

Crazy high chair
Crazy high chair

The style of highchair they put me in was older than my parents, and it was so easy to get out of. They didn’t offer me anything like crayons or kids cup, and they didn’t even have a kids menu. The waiter gave me a regular glass of water, which I thought was pretty cool, but I did kinda spill on accident…several times. I didn’t really like any of the food they brought. My mom’s noodles had two entire sprouted bok choy plants on top, which even she didn’t eat (and she claims to love veggies). My dad wanted to split a bubble tea with me, but they were out of “bubbles!”

Me trying to fish an ice cube out of my water.
Me trying to fish an ice cube out of my water.

Luckily we got to go to the children’s museum that night, so our day was far from ruined by our bad dinner. Kids, tell your parents to skip the Dim Sum Factory & head straight to Jamba Juice or Red Robin’s instead.

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

59er Diner – Winton, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: 59er Diner
Cuisine: Retro American
Visit Date: October 11th, 2015 & January 15th, 2016
Location: Technically Leavenworth, WA, but more like Winton, WA.
Address: 15361 Highway 2
Price of Kids Meal: $4.99
Child Friendliness Factors: Bucket of toys at 59er diner
-Changing Table in restroom: No, but single-user restroom has plenty of floor space/privacy.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No.
-Highchairs available: Yes.
-Drinks: Milk in kid cups with lids & straws.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Yes
-Welcoming touches for children: The waitress brought a 5-gallon bucket of toys to the table. Literally an entire bucket of toys just for me!
Additional Comments:
-Amazing milkshakes!
-On Highway 2 at the turnoff for Lake Wenatchee.
-Indoor seating only.

Snow drift in front of 59er Diner
Snow drift in front of the 59er Diner.

59er Diner Famous MilkshakeThe 59er Diner is just about halfway between Snohomish and Lake Chelan on Highway 2, which makes it the perfect stopping place on our frequent drives over the Steven’s Pass. The food is as locally sourced as they can make it, sometimes getting salad fixings from their very own gardens!  The quality is hit or miss, but the ingredients are always top-notch, so it’s worth a try.  On our first trip, my mom ordered spaghetti to split with me, and the bottom of the plate was just filled with water. Luckily she gave me all good bites. Our second trip was more successful. I got a grilled cheese sandwich all to myself (served with carrot sticks that my parents said were too crunchy for me), my mom’s fish sandwich she claimed was very tasty (I didn’t want to try any), and my dad’s seafood chowder he said was also tasty. I chose not to try that either. I did, however, try his peanut butter milkshake. Yum-O!!! You could see smears of peanut butter on the inside of the glass, unlike some places that use the powdered stuff. The entire menu is a blast from the past, so if your mom talks a lot about diets, you may want to tell her to keep on driving. My parents never use that word, so bring on the milkshakes!59er Diner Kids Menu

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

Skagit River Brewery – Mount Vernon, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: Skagit River Brewery
Cuisine: American/Burgers
Visit Date: January 9th, 2016
Location: Mount Vernon, WA
Address: 404 S 3rd Street
Price of Kids Meal: $4-$6
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: Yes. In fact, a woman came up to us while I was getting my diaper changed on the table & said she used to change her kids on that very same table, and they’re 13 & 10 now.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No
-Highchairs available: Yes.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Yes, but lacking on fruits and veggies.
-Welcoming touches for children: Crayons were offered
Additional Comments:
-Impressive tap list, constantly rotating
-Location convenient to downtown area and I-5
-Outdoor seating in nice weather
-Friendly and efficient waitstaff

On a recent road trip, I got hungry. (It happens frequently.) My parents were impressed with the Yelp scores for this place, and it wasn’t too far off of the interstate we were on, so we gave it a whirl. I’m so glad we whirled! The food was yummy, and everyone there was so super nice to me. I felt quite at home here, especially after introducing myself to all of the other children in the restaurant. 😉  Skagit River Brewery Kids MenuThe kids menu wasn’t all that impressive. If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember that my mom is a stickler for fruits or veggies with dinner, and all they had was salsa or pizza sauce…not exactly high quality veggie choices. Luckily for me kids aren’t required to order off of the kids menu, so I got the hummus plate appetizer. Yum! Skagit River Brewery SaladThey make their own hummus & serve it with cucumbers, which happen to be one of my all time favorite foods. There were other veggies too, but I don’t have enough teeth for carrots or celery yet.  My mom ordered some salad with apples (she shared a few slices with me), andSkagit River Brewery BBQ my Papa ordered a BBQ sandwich.  He raved about it! While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I decided to check out the building, which looked to be pretty old. My clue was the worn floors with pretty copper patches here and there. There was an upstairs where people were setting  up for a private party, but they let me come up and check out the view. (My charm can get me in anywhere!) Overall, I would say this was a pretty cool place to eat a yummy meal.

Copper patches in the floor.
Copper patches in the floor.

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

Skillet Street Food – Seattle, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: Skillet Street Food
Cuisine: American/Burgers
Visit Date: January 8th, 2016
Location: Seattle, WA
Address: 305 Harrison Street (inside Seattle Center Armory)
Price of Kids Meal: $6 – $7 (no drink)
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: Yes.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No, but a definite yes for the Children’s Museum restrooms downstairs
-Highchairs available: Yes, and they had children’s chairs/tables too!
-Drinks: Lidded cups w/ straws available, but no milk.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Yes, but the portions were a bit large.
-Welcoming touches for children: Nothing special, but the museum downstairs is great!
Additional Comments:
-Wine & beer available
-Located inside the Armory food court area
-Outdoor patio available on warm days
-No table service/counter service only

Skillet Street Food Grilled Cheese

This is one of the brick-and-mortar versions of the (locally) famous silver food truck, located inside the Seattle Center Armory. It’s the perfect spot to eat dinner after playing hard at the Children’s Museum downstairs, or enjoying your favorite festival at Seattle Center (I personally enjoy BrickCon most). The food is always yummy, and they have food that kids like me really enjoy, like waffles or grilled cheese. The only thing missing from their kids menu were any sort of vegetables, but I suppose that can be forgiven.

Skillet Street Food Kids Menu

My mom ordered the cornmeal waffle for me & the grilled cheese for herself. The waffle didn’t taste anything like cornmeal. The whipped cream was obviously freshly made, and they put strawberries, blackberries, and apple slices on top. It was soooo delicious that I couldn’t even save room to try mom’s grilled cheese!

When I'm bigger, I'll get to use the kid chairs & table.
When I’m bigger, I’ll get to use the kid chairs & table.

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

Compass Cafe – Seattle, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: Compass Cafe
Cuisine: American/Sandwiches/Deli
Visit Date: December 31st, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Address: 860 Terry Ave N (inside MOHAI)
Price of Kids Meal: $8.95 (actually, this was the price of the bowl of Mac & Cheese I stole from my mom. Not sure what the actual “kids meal” costs.)
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: Not in the restroom closest to the cafe, but in the museum restrooms.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No. All they have is those Dyson AirBlade dryers which don’t  work on tiny hands and are kinda scary.
-Highchairs available: Multiple, and they were clean & in good repair.
-Lidded cups & straws available: Straws, but no lids.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Yes, everything was a la carte, which is perfect for tiny tummies, and you could see everything through the glass, which makes it easy for picky eaters to find something that looks good to them.
-Welcoming touches for children: Nothing special, but the attached museum is crazy-friendly for kids!
Additional Comments:
-Wine & beer available
-Espresso machine
-Don’t have to be a museum visitor to eat here
-Outdoor patio available on warm days
-No table service/counter service only

Compass Cafe

On a recent trip to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) I got hungry, so we took a break to eat at their cafe, which was surprisingly tasty. I would actually eat here even if I wasn’t visiting the museum.  I ordered the Asian Vermicelli, which turned out to be too salty for my taste, but my parents ate it in like 3 seconds, so I guess they like salt more than I do. I ended up eating my mom’s Radiatore and Cheese which was so super yummy. Radiatore is a noodle shape that is very easy for little fingers to pick up, and the cheese sauce was made with Beecher’s Flagship & Tilamook Cheddar, which might be my 2 favorite cheeses in the universe.

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.