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Matthew Kang

15 Restaurants for Kid-Friendly Carryout in Los Angeles

Because little ones deserve more than a Happy Meal

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Eating out with kids doesn’t have to mean a steady diet of chicken fingers and grilled cheese sandwiches. With a bit of advance planning, exploring restaurants with children can be a fun diversion and a great way to experience Los Angeles — even during a pandemic. Here now are 15 Los Angeles restaurants serving kid-friendly carryout.

Removed: Sushiya, Kitchen Mouse, Antico, HiHo, Golden Deli, Triple Beam Pizza, the Serving Spoon

Added: Lodge Bread Company, the Window, Honeybird, Paper Rice, Yi Mei Deli, Fato a Mano, Toyitos Chicken

A number of LA restaurants have resumed on-site dining service. However, this map should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Honeybird

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Fried chicken and scratch-made pies are a timeless pairing for any age group. Round out lunch or dinner with crowd-pleasing side orders of flaky biscuits and macaroni and cheese.

Lodge Bread Company

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Stop into Lodge Bread Company in Woodland Hills or Culver City for the child who can’t resist carbohydrates of all stripes. Toast topped with cinnamon and sugar is sure to please and it’s impossible to go wrong with a fresh-from-the-oven croissant.

Pasadena Fish Market

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Don’t be fooled by this hidden gem’s name — there’s more here than just fish for sale. The menu of expertly fried seafood (think: shrimp, fish, oysters, etc.), as well as solid Jamaican cooking, is as good as it gets. Open for takeout daily except Sundays.

Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

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Heaping plates filled with fluffy rice, pita bread, and flame-kissed meats is what it is all about at Elena’s. Simpler palates can select chicken or quail, while those seeking more flavor can lean into lamb chops. Open for takeout and delivery.

A plate of grilled kebabs and yellow rice at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine.
Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine
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Parents have been waiting with bated breath for Joy to reopen following the citywide lockdown. Finally, cheese-stuffed thousand-layer pancakes and oodles of noodles are available for takeout and delivery daily.

Goldburger

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Goldburger’s grass-fed cheeseburgers, curly fries, and homey pies make for a crowd-pleasing lunch or dinner. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery. It’s always best to order ahead.

Cheeseburger at Goldburger in Highland Park.
Goldburger
Cathy Chaplin

Tasty Noodle House

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Tasty Noodle House is open for takeout through the pandemic. Avoid a wait by calling ahead to order pan-seared dumplings, cold sesame noodles, and the butteriest scallion pancakes around.

Dumplings on a plate from Tasty Noodle House.
Tasty Noodle House
Matthew Kang

DeSano Pizza Bakery

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DeSano’s fantastic wood-fired pizzas and not-to-be-missed cannolis are available for takeout and delivery on Santa Monica Boulevard.

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Liliana's Tamales

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The kids menu at Liliana’s Tamales stretches beyond the restaurant’s namesake masa parcels and includes deep-fried tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and soft tacos. Every dish is served with rice and beans, and can be customized when it comes to the level of heat.

Huckleberry Cafe

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Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan designed Huckleberry’s kids’ menu with their three young children in mind. There are chicken fingers made with organic birds from Mary’s and a grilled cheese sandwich made with organic American cheese on pain de mei. With food this good, adults will certainly be sneaking in some bites. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery daily.

Yi Mei Deli

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Taiwanese breakfasts go heavy on kid-friendly things like fried dough, sticky rice, and scrambled eggs. The straightforward sesame flat breads and egg omelets go down easy, while the slightly more complicated fan tuan with pork floss and pickled mustard greens is ideal for more adventuresome eaters.

The Window

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There’s no need to pack a lunch for a day at the beach now that the Window is open on the Venice boardwalk. Smashed cheeseburgers and really great fries are just the thing to feed a hungry brood.

Sunday Gravy

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For old-school Italian that’ll satisfy your little one, head to Sunday Gravy for sure-fire hits like spaghetti with meatballs and cheesy garlic bread. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Toyitos Chicken

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A meal of Peruvian-style roasted chicken with french fries and Inca Kola will please just about any kid on the block. Everything’s served up fresh and fast for the family on-the-go at this well-loved neighborhood spot.

Fatto a Mano, The Pasta Shop

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Kids and pasta go together like peas and carrots. Here at Fatto a Mano, kids can customize their meals with a variety of sauces and seven house-extruded pastas including pappardelle, spaghetti, and linguini.

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Honeybird

Fried chicken and scratch-made pies are a timeless pairing for any age group. Round out lunch or dinner with crowd-pleasing side orders of flaky biscuits and macaroni and cheese.

Lodge Bread Company

Stop into Lodge Bread Company in Woodland Hills or Culver City for the child who can’t resist carbohydrates of all stripes. Toast topped with cinnamon and sugar is sure to please and it’s impossible to go wrong with a fresh-from-the-oven croissant.

Pasadena Fish Market

Don’t be fooled by this hidden gem’s name — there’s more here than just fish for sale. The menu of expertly fried seafood (think: shrimp, fish, oysters, etc.), as well as solid Jamaican cooking, is as good as it gets. Open for takeout daily except Sundays.

Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

A plate of grilled kebabs and yellow rice at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine.
Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine
@GastronomyBlog

Heaping plates filled with fluffy rice, pita bread, and flame-kissed meats is what it is all about at Elena’s. Simpler palates can select chicken or quail, while those seeking more flavor can lean into lamb chops. Open for takeout and delivery.

A plate of grilled kebabs and yellow rice at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine.
Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine
@GastronomyBlog

Joy

Parents have been waiting with bated breath for Joy to reopen following the citywide lockdown. Finally, cheese-stuffed thousand-layer pancakes and oodles of noodles are available for takeout and delivery daily.

Goldburger

Cheeseburger at Goldburger in Highland Park.
Goldburger
Cathy Chaplin

Goldburger’s grass-fed cheeseburgers, curly fries, and homey pies make for a crowd-pleasing lunch or dinner. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery. It’s always best to order ahead.

Cheeseburger at Goldburger in Highland Park.
Goldburger
Cathy Chaplin

Tasty Noodle House

Dumplings on a plate from Tasty Noodle House.
Tasty Noodle House
Matthew Kang

Tasty Noodle House is open for takeout through the pandemic. Avoid a wait by calling ahead to order pan-seared dumplings, cold sesame noodles, and the butteriest scallion pancakes around.

Dumplings on a plate from Tasty Noodle House.
Tasty Noodle House
Matthew Kang

DeSano Pizza Bakery

DeSano Pizza Bakery
DeSano Pizza Bakery
DeSano Pizza Bakery [Official Photo]

DeSano’s fantastic wood-fired pizzas and not-to-be-missed cannolis are available for takeout and delivery on Santa Monica Boulevard.

DeSano Pizza Bakery
DeSano Pizza Bakery
DeSano Pizza Bakery [Official Photo]

Liliana's Tamales

The kids menu at Liliana’s Tamales stretches beyond the restaurant’s namesake masa parcels and includes deep-fried tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and soft tacos. Every dish is served with rice and beans, and can be customized when it comes to the level of heat.

Huckleberry Cafe

Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan designed Huckleberry’s kids’ menu with their three young children in mind. There are chicken fingers made with organic birds from Mary’s and a grilled cheese sandwich made with organic American cheese on pain de mei. With food this good, adults will certainly be sneaking in some bites. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery daily.

Yi Mei Deli

Taiwanese breakfasts go heavy on kid-friendly things like fried dough, sticky rice, and scrambled eggs. The straightforward sesame flat breads and egg omelets go down easy, while the slightly more complicated fan tuan with pork floss and pickled mustard greens is ideal for more adventuresome eaters.

The Window

There’s no need to pack a lunch for a day at the beach now that the Window is open on the Venice boardwalk. Smashed cheeseburgers and really great fries are just the thing to feed a hungry brood.

Sunday Gravy

For old-school Italian that’ll satisfy your little one, head to Sunday Gravy for sure-fire hits like spaghetti with meatballs and cheesy garlic bread. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Toyitos Chicken

A meal of Peruvian-style roasted chicken with french fries and Inca Kola will please just about any kid on the block. Everything’s served up fresh and fast for the family on-the-go at this well-loved neighborhood spot.

Fatto a Mano, The Pasta Shop

Kids and pasta go together like peas and carrots. Here at Fatto a Mano, kids can customize their meals with a variety of sauces and seven house-extruded pastas including pappardelle, spaghetti, and linguini.

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