Ever since the birth of my daughter about six months ago, I've felt really stuck for good food out of the house. I'm tired of chains and take out, which we tend to stick to because we know they're generally equipped to handle children and we won't offend the great majority of diners if she starts to fuss.
We're looking for great places to eat within about a 30 or 40 minute drive of the northwest corner of Orange county that we can take the baby. Places where children would be welcome.
Things we love-New York style Chinese, New York pizza, Italian, Japanese, a great burger, Mexican-we'd love a great diner like the ones we used to frequent when we lived in New York/New Jersey. Things we tend to skip include Indian and Thai.
Any great suggestions?