Best Family Eats 2009: Lido

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Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant

Best Hang-Out Spot for Dads

Patrons of Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant will be pleased to find a sunny dining section with wide windows facing Lido Street. Ordering for the little ones will be easy, with a kids menu featuring options like mini beef burgers and spaghetti bolognaise. Hash browns, always a hit with kids, take an interesting twist at Eudora with an herb and cheese variety – something parents might enjoy too. Take advantage of the afternoon snacks promotion: snacks at half price and two-for-one drinks (except alcoholic beverages). Eudora’s buffet brunch is a great option for the whole family on Saturdays and Sundays, and kids can romp in the weekend-only play area. Takeout and delivery service available. Chona Rodriguez

Daily 9am-2am. 6 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (6437 8331) $$ 亿多瑞站, 朝阳区芳园西路6号

Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill

Best Laid-Back Meal

Parents with kids in tow will appreciate the warm, casual ambience at Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill, an ideal place for laid-back meals. The friendly, efficient staff can recommend kid-friendly options like spaghetti and grilled pork chops. Kids will be captivated by the cheery knickknacks on the walls as well as the colorful and durable childsafe utensils. The restaurant delivers great value too, as entrees come with three choices of side dishes that will satisfy even the biggest appetite. Kids can busy themselves in the on-site play area or run to the outdoor play area shared with a condominium next door. Parents in the middle of potty-training little ones will appreciate the tot-sized toilet bowl. CR

Daily 7.30am-11pm. Boutique 2, Hairun International Condominium, 2B Jiangtai Lu (southeast of Holiday Inn Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District (5135 8187, 8627 3734) $ 彼德西餐, 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓公建2号(丽都假日酒店东南边)

Ras Ethiopian Cuisine

Best Reason to Eat With Your Hands

Need a break from the ordinary? Ras is a great option for those times when the kids are up for trying something different. Discover a new dining experience with the we’t combos, Ethiopian-style stew traditionally paired with injera, a kind of soft, flat bread with a hint of sour. Kids can pick from a list of vegetable- or meat-based combos and try their skill at stuffing the different stews into the injera using their hands. Ras provides nightly entertainment (except Mondays) featuring a traditional coffee ceremony, as Ethiopia is thought to be the birthplace of coffee. Check out the special seating section with the traditional basket-woven tables; the low stools might just be the perfect height for small kids. If you want to dine outside regular hours, call ahead – hours are flexible. Ask about the set lunch, an unbeatable value at RMB 30. CR

Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. 14 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (8479 8388) $ 北京第一家埃赛俄比亚餐厅, 朝阳区将台路14号 />


Best Indian Comfort Food

Ganges is just the place to go to when you’re craving Indian, and especially South Indian staples like dosas and uttapams. The staff is mainly local, but an Indian waiter is on hand to offer expert recommendations. The menu, which comes with pictures, has a number of kid-friendly dishes, and the kitchen staff can adjust the level of spiciness to your taste. Try the mouth-wateringly fragrant buttered naan by itself or dipped in the mild curry sauce of the prawn masala. Vegetarian options abound. After placing your order, the kids can head for the small but clean play area. Free delivery. CR

Daily 11am-11pm. 5/B, Hairun Apartments, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5135 8353) $ 恒河印度餐厅, 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商5号

Thai Thai

Best Tai Tai Get-Together

With its sleek, sophisticated interior, Thai Thai may appear intimidatingly posh at first, but the staff is more than happy to accommodate the little ones. So go ahead and bring the kids along to your tai tai lunch. Conversing with the staff in English can sometimes be a bit tricky, but an English menu makes it easy to order. The staff recommends their gai yat sai Thai omelet and panaeng curry as proven favorites among kids. Meals can also be served spicy-hot or mild, per request. Delivery service available for a fee. CR

Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Side Park, East of Xiaoyun Qiao (off Fourth Ring Road in Lido), Chaoyang District (6437 3480) $ 泰泰, 朝阳区霄云桥东100米路北四德公园附属一号楼

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