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Eating with Kids

Kids can be fussy eaters, but parents can be, too, so picking places that will satisfy both is important. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent possibilities all over town.

Sears Fine Food. If you're downtown for breakfast, stop at the touristy but venerable Sears Fine Food, home of "the world-famous Swedish pancakes." Eighteen of the silver-dollar-size beauties cost less than a movie ticket. 439 Powell St., near Post St., San Francisco, CA, 94102. 415/986–0700.

City View Restaurant. Over in Chinatown, City View serves a varied selection of dim sum, with tasty pork buns for kids and more exotic fare such as chicken feet and turnip cakes for adults. Though less expensive than nearby Yank Sing, this bustling restaurant is no less busy, so be prepared for epic weekend waits. 662 Commercial St., near Kearny St., San Francisco, CA, 94111. 415/398–2838.

Pluto's. Try Pluto's after a visit to Golden Gate Park. Small kids love the chicken nuggets and mac and cheese, whereas bigger kids will likely opt for one of the two-fisted sandwiches or make-your-own salads. Everyone will want a double-fudge brownie for dessert. 627 Irving St., between 7th and 8th Sts., San Francisco, CA, 94122. 415/753–8867.

Barney's Gourmet Burgers. With locations all over the Bay Area, including this one not far from Fort Mason, this chain caters to older kids and their parents with mile-high burgers and giant salads. But Barney's doesn't forget "kids under 8," who have their own menu featuring a burger, an all-beef frank, chicken strips with ranch dressing, and more. And they don't forget overwrought parents, offering a nice selection of wines by the glass and beer on tap. 3344 Steiner St., near Union St., San Francisco, CA, 94114. 415/563–0307. www.barneyshamburgers.com.

The Ferry Building (1:G4) on the Embarcadero has plenty of kid-friendly options, from Mijita Cocina Mexicana, which has its own kids' menu, to Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet, for burgers, shakes, and more. (And the outdoor access can help keep the little ones entertained.)

La Corneta. The Mission has dozens of no-frills taco-and-burrito parlors; especially worthy is La Corneta, known for its baby burrito (which is basically just a smaller-sized version) and the huge quesadillas. Vegetarians will be satisfied by the bean selection. 2731 Mission St., between 23rd and 24th Sts., San Francisco, CA, 94110. 415/643–7001.

St. Francis Fountain. Banana splits and hot-fudge sundaes are what St. Francis Fountain is known for, along with its vintage decor (and popularity with hipsters for weekend brunch). Opened in 1918, it recalls the early 1950s, and the menu, with its burgers, BLTs, grilled-cheese sandwiches, and chili with corn bread, is timeless. 2801 24th St., at York St., San Francisco, CA, 94110. 415/826–4200.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill. In Lower Haight, the small Rosamunde serves a slew of different sausages, from Polish to duck to Weisswurst (Bavarian veal). Toppings (choose two) include grilled onions, sauerkraut, chili, and sweet and hot peppers. There are only six stools, so plan on take-out. Nearby Duboce Park has a cute playground. 545 Haight St., between Steiner and Fillmore Sts., San Francisco, CA, 94110. 415/437–6851.

Park Chalet. Finally, both kids and adults love to be by the ocean, and the Park Chalet, hidden behind the two-story Beach Chalet, offers pizza, mac and cheese, sticky ribs, and a big banana split. On sunny days, you'll be hard-pressed to find a plot of grass to claim as families gather on blankets and folding chairs to sip the house-brewed beers and listen to live music. 1000 Great Hwy., at Fulton St., San Francisco, CA, 94121. 415/386–8439.

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