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Dining With Children in Sacramento

Okay, I admit it until as late as last year I thought children should keep to their own restaurants.(McDonald’s and Chucky Cheese).  My husband I were married for almost nine years before we had our beautiful daughter. B.B. or (before baby) we would dine out and roll our eyes in disgust at the ill mannered children seated (well, sometimes seated, sometimes running) at the table across from us.  We’d whisper to one another about how we’d NEVER bring our children out to a nice restaurant unless they knew how to behave, but of course.OUR perfect children would always behave. Oh, the bliss of childless dining.


Fast forward to TODAY. We now have a better understanding of the world of eating with children. There is no such thing as a “perfect child” and toddlers cannot always behave. They have short attention spans. The reason those imperfect children we used to mock were running around instead of sitting properly is not that the parents were horrid, it’s because that’s just normal behavior for children.


We want to go out to dinner as a family, but our daughter can barely sit in the highchair long enough for drinks and Saltine crackers to be delivered. She certainly can’t sit through a meal that begins with appetizers, has salad, the main course and ends with dessert.  We’re sick of burgers and pizza! We long for those dinners at “nice” restaurants with “real” food, but we don’t want to take a toddler into one of those sit down restaurants where it takes 30 minutes for a meal to be served. We don’t want to endure the stares and eye-rolling of those childless couples who, like us in our previous lives, have no understanding of dining with children.   


So, what’s a family in the Sacramento area to do? I’ll let you in on a little secret. There are two absolutely fabulous restaurants in our area that cater to diners like us. (Those that have children!)


The first restaurant is Pasghetti located at 1060 Pleasant Grove, Suite 100 in Roseville. This restaurant serves Italian food, hot, fresh and FAST! You enter the restaurant (which reminds me of a Crayon factory, it is all stainless steel and bright colors) and place your order from the front counter. The food is then brought out to your table when it is ready and the best part is they bring the kid’s meals out first. The staff is friendly and FAST and the food is yummy!


Now, if you’d like something a little less casual and slightly more formal but still want to bring the little people along you should try The Family Room. The Family Room is located at 855 57th St. Suite C in Sacramento. This restaurant has real wooden tables and chairs with tablecloths. They serve more gourmet meals but also cater to the small diners. The menu includes everything from a toddler grazing platter (meat, cheeses and fruit) to filet mignon. In the dining area is a special section where children can go to play, there are puzzles, blocks and doodle boards as well as small couches for the children. Parents can keep an eye on their children while enjoying a fine dining experience.


If you have small children and you worry about dining out with them you now have options. Both of these restaurants are in our area and the best part about going to these “real” restaurants with children is you won’t be the recipient of eye rolling from the other diners since they all have little people with them as well.  Mangia! Eat! Dine!  

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