Los Angeles’ Favorite Lunch Spots with Kids

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You want lunch but your high-energy tot isn’t likely to sit primly a la Suri Cruise at Chateau Marmont. So for the rest of us mere mortals, finding a place where your fun-loving kiddo can work up a hunger and you can squeeze in some time with your best mom-date is a must. And a spot that offers a space to play and lunch is just the ticket. Luckily, Los Angeles boasts a few nifty places, and no, we’re not talking Chuck E Cheese (not that there’s anything wrong with skeeball and pizza!). These locations just might help you regain your sanity, at least for an hour or so.

Treehouse Social Club (weekdays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; open play $9, food $5-10 per person) is a favorite of celebrities like Nicole Richie, who recently threw her daughter Harlow’s birthday at this chic Robertson Boulevard spot. But beyond the celeb-kudos, it’s a beautiful and fun space centered on a giant tree house and has plenty of space for kids to work out their crazies before settling down to eat. And did we mention the food is delicious? There’s selection for the kids like cinnamon French toast and polka dot pancakes while caregivers can dine on omelet’s and breakfast burritos. Lunch choices include homemade mac ‘n cheese, mini corndogs and quesadillas for the kids while adults can munch on the Treehouse Salad (a tasty mix of turkey bacon, goat cheese, pecans and pears) or a curry chicken panini. Best of all, the kids are tucked into a safely enclosed space where they can run wild while mom and her BFF can catch up…for a minute anyway.

Giggles and Hugs (hours vary with location; $9 per child, food $5-12 per person) has two locations, one in Brentwood (where Jennifer Garner has been spotted with her girls) and in Century City. The menu is homestyle in nature with pizza, pasta, hamburgers and salads, all of which are quite good. Best of all, the play space is large with plenty of things for kids to do from arts and crafts to jungle gyms and slides. The dining is on either side of the play area so you can keep an eye on the kiddos while getting some time to reconnect with your husband, friends, or maybe just some time with your iPhone. In fact, there is a floor monitor that keeps the kids in line so you can actually carry on a conversation, imagine that!

Parents with older children may want to check out Kids Castle USA (no admission, menu $25-50, hours vary) in Burbank which boasts 15,000 square feet of games and activities, including non-violent video games, a photo booth and even a small ride. Most importantly, it’s a kids’ zone where they can run, play and be wild. Pizza, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders and such are on the menu.

Did we miss your favorite spot to nosh while your kids get to play? Let us know where you go in the comments below!

—Lara Burnap