Chinatown Restaurant – San Francisco, CA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: Chinatown Restaurant
Cuisine: Chinese
Visit Date: February 20th, 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA
Address: 744 Washington Street
Price of Kids Meal: No kids’ menu, but Dim Sum dishes were $4-$10 each
Child Friendliness Factors: Page from Chinatown Restaurant menu
-Changing Table in restroom: No, and the restroom was down a flight of stairs, and not exactly clean. 
-Child hand washing made convenient: No.
-Highchairs available: Yes.
-Drinks: Just ice water in grown-up cups.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Dim Sum dishes are the right size for children, and many have flavors that appeal to toddler taste buds as well.
-Welcoming touches for children: None.
Additional Comments:
-Nice soju selection.
-Great view from balcony
-In the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown
-Serving the community since 1919

While my family and I were in San Francisco for Chinese New Year, we were able to have lunch at this hidden gem. Some of my followers may know already, but I am a huge fan of noodles, and Chinatown Restaurant makes excellent noodles! I also liked how dishes were served family style, on a giant lazy-suzan in then center of the table, so I got to try a bite of everything. After dinner, the waitress brought little bowls of green tea ice cream for everyone. What a treat!Chinatown Restaurant green tea ice creamChinatown Restaurant oodles

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.

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.

Watershed Cafe – Leavenworth, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness
Summary

Restaurant: Watershed Cafe
Cuisine: American
Visit Date: October 11th, 2015
Location: Leavenworth, WA
Address: 221 8th Street
Price of Kids Meal: N/A
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: No. It was a very awkward experience.Hattie at Watershed Restaurant
-Child hand washing made convenient: No. This was also a very awkward experience.
-Highchairs available: Yes.
-Drinks: I used my tippy cup from home, so I’m not sure what they would have offered me.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: No children’s menu, but the chef was very accommodating.
-Welcoming touches for children: None to speak of.
Additional Comments:
-Parking in downtown Leavenworth can be tricky.
-Patio seating available in good weather.

We ate brunch here on a beautiful mountain weekend, and it was so delicious! At the request of my parents, the chef made me a plate of sliced avocados, scrambled eggs, and sliced oranges. Our waitress was so kind and patient with me and the mess I kept making. We got to sit on the patio and watch all of the dogs walk by, and then one of them sat down at the table next to us! The waitress brought him a bowl of water, which I thought was really sweet. My parents loved their meals too. They both ordered sliders, and instead of fries, which is what most restaurants bring with anything that looks burger-isa, this place served them with dilly beans…which I love! Mark this one in the record books, folks: a restaurant that serves VEGGIES with their burgers! Wow! Watershed Restaurant Custom Brunch

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.