Where to Eat
If you're looking for ideas where to take the family for lunch or dinner, here are some family-friendly places I have tried.
Did you know it is peak season for pineapples from March through July? ISLANDS RESTAURANTS use nearly 182,000 fresh pineapple every year! Ending soon, the restaurant features a special Pineapple Pairing Menu that runs through May 31st. Choose from their Hawaiian Burger topped with grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce paired with the Big Island Iced Tea, Yaki Tacos topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa paired with a Piña Colada, or get their Hoisin Beach Bowl which includes chunks of grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken paired with their signature Mai Tai.
Mother's Day in America is tomorrow - Sunday, May 14th, and most Moms want to celebrate with their loved ones, but they don't want to slave in the kitchen all day. Give Moms the day off. If you're looking for a family-friendly option, MIMI'S CAFE offers French-inspired American comfort food. They not only want to celebrate like they do in France with a 3-Course Menu and Complimentary Raspberry Brown Butter Seasonal bread, but they want to celebrate Moms twice, because after dining on Mother's Day, guests are invited back for Fête des Meres (Mother's Day in France, May 28th) for a free entree. They're also giving Moms a special gift from MIMI'S, a wildflower seed card that is ready for planting. After the flowers bloom, Mom will remember the time she spent with family and friends at MIMI'S. They open at 7 AM and will serve brunch until 1 PM, and their 3-Course Mother's Day menu starts at 11 AM. Here is a sneak peek of their 3 Course Menu. (They are also accepting reservations).
If you're looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother's Day this year, I have frequented MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT in Buena Park several times over the years, and it never gets old. The best part is - I didn't have to cook! You can give Moms a night off from household chores and remind everyone, chivalry is not dead. The dinner show is an epic battle over which Knight is the most honorable and most skilled over tournament games, jousting, sword fighting, and horsemanship. One of my favorite part is trying to catch a flower from my Knight. Maybe you or one of your kids can catch it for Mom to make her feel special? You really don't know which team is going to win and boo'ing is encouraged, because it's all in good fun.
MIGUEL'S JR. is opening their 16th location in Redlands, California this week in the Mount Grove Shopping Center. I got a sneak peek of their new 3,000 square foot establishment and it is quite modern and nice. It is in a great location and the staff members are eager to serve the Redlands community with a tasty menu with family recipes. It might make a great stop for savory breakfast burritos on the way to Big Bear or a quick dinner coming back. It is also down the street from Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and since it's in a shopping center, here's another option for a quick bite to eat.
If you are feeling really hungry and looking for somewhere to fill the bellies of your family, Jimmy's Famous American Tavern (also known as J-FAT), have dishes you can share, and they even have a Large Plate section on their menu. A few months ago we went to a menu tasting in Dana Point, but they have locations in Brea, San Diego, Woodland Hills, and a new one in Santa Monica. The food was as good as it looks. Here are some dishes I got to try.
We stopped in recently to try out some of Stonefire Grill's latest offerings. It was casual family-friendly dining but they also have catering and takeout so you"ll want to call ahead if you want to save time. They have options that will satisfy the whole family like pizza, ribs, tri tip, sandwiches, pasta, soups and salads. I like that you can buy a whole chicken or family sized portions as well as get it in petite sizes if you are not super hungry. Our favorites are the lemon chicken or salmon, bbq tri tip, baked rigatoni with meat sauce (my kids love it). Did you know that there is a STIMULUS PACKAGE on their secret menu? It is a pretty good value. For Dine In or Takeout, you can select half tri tip or whole chicken, a small salad, 12" two topping pizza, and 8 yummy breadsticks for $29.99. It was a lot of food for a small family of 4.