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Quality food w/ a Great (tot's) view (very long!)

l.g.i. | Mar 4, 200310:18 AM

In my continuing quest to provide my 1 & 1/2 yr. old with a deep sense of how magical food is, everywhere from our kitchen, to great new neighborhoods and different traditions and cuisines. With the occational visit to the world of sitting quietly and behaving and eating REALLY good food. While avoiding the oft abusive world (i.e.: mass marketing) of fast food (obviously sometimes not and someplaces VERY good themselves), or to the places that cater to screaming kids (think of giant mice as mascots) or even worse places that cater to parents of screaming kids (Mr. Puck) but still trying to incorperate FUN into eating out, we wound up at Encounter (@ LAX) the other day.
Now...how this place rates with the 'hounds ?..I'd guess not too well. BUT there is NO denying the view...especially if your a tot ! My own opinion is the food is certainly quality just "over priced" ( to some a $1.70 cup of coffee is over priced to some not. A $35 steak to some yes to some no. It (over priced) seems to be a very personal and complex formula that deserves mutual respect).
We shared the roast chicken with butternut squash puree,and @ 20+ minutes prep time, always nice to be advised by your waitperson, we slipped in an order of the fried calamari. We munched and both were great. The calamari was cut in a style more like steak fries w/ a crisp light crunchy batter.
So we loved the food and the view and except for a very brief and understandable "wowee" frenzy he was very well behaved. Sadly the cost will keep us away. (please keep in mind the "over priced" concept. Yes, we got a lot of great food but each dish was priced "x amount too much" for US.)
ALL (!) that being said and given our love for street side dining (from sidewalks to parking lots to beautiful patios). Where's the QUALITY food w/ a Great tot's veiw ? Any places please, not just cheap. Anyting from one off expensive to a truck stop with suprisingly good food ? etc. ?
Also, if you've made it this far please chime in on any aspect or concept of "over priced"
Thanks for reading and contributing.

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