On Friday we are having a joint mommy's birthday and daddy's day family get-together. Originally we planned on going to Joe's Crab Shack in Newport Beach, but because of their strict adherence to reservations ONLY for parties of 10 or more (we have nine plus one monkey kid, who apparently doesn't count as a full person), we 86'd that plan. Plus the girl there was very rude to my sister, adding in a high octave range, "...and you CAN'T have one person come in to wait for a table for nine! You ALL have to be here!" I can (begrudgingly) respect the reservation thing, but the attitude was just not right.
So, now we need another place. Lively atmosphere, medium-ish noise range - monkeyboy, albeit cute and precocious, still loves his dinosaur impressions - reasonably priced, and decent simple grub.
Any suggestions? Would really appreciate it!