This week, Belmont Patch highlights editor and reader picks of your favorite family-friendly restaurant in and around Belmont?
1. Belmont Patch blogger and all-around informative guy, John Bowe, picks on Belmont Street that is Belmont's unofficial bar hangout.
"Yeah, we take our kids to a pub, even when they were young. The first time we did that was six years ago, early in the evening on a Saturday or Sunday. We wondered if we would stand out, but there were other families there, with a total of about 10 kids, some of whom my kids knew. It was friendly and accommodating, yet with a mix of a grown up feeling with pint of Harpoon IPA in front of us – well, 2 of us. On weekdays it's sometimes a bit more crowded with after-work traffic."
"My other favorite is Brothers Pizza, though I think of that as a quicker in-and-out."
2. Regular reader Johanna Swift Hart said "(m)y kids – and their parents – are big fans of , at the corner of White Street and Trapelo Road.
"My 9-year-old loves the crab rangoons and my 11-year-old enjoys the fresh spring rolls and Thai chicken wings. My spouse and I love spicy Thai food – try the Drunken Noodles or the tofu Pad Thai – and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed."
"My last meal on earth would be Tom Kha Gai (savory/sweet soup made with lemongrass, coconut milk, and galangal) and Pho and Thai's is quite good."
3. Marsha Knoll picks in Belmont Center.
"They make the best pizza anywhere and I've tried it from Boston area to Northeast US and Midwest.Plus, they are truly nice people, hardworking and family oriented themselves. Everyone who works the counter is friendly. The guys who have been there longest even know my voice on the phone before I give my name – and yes, they did that even before Caller ID."
"I think they are the epitome of what makes a small town personable – and I've brought dozens of their pizzas to local schools, Cambridge dorms and 'starving students' everywhere who just love it. I'll cut the rest of my carbs somehow, but Gregory's Pizza is the food of the Gods. Their tables are almost always full and the parents, schoolkids and even people passing through are happy customers. Lots of choices besides pizza too, all of it good!"
4. They have only been open for less than two months but already in Belmont Center has become a place not just to pick up your dinner but also come with your kids for a meal out. Fresh standard Italian fare is cuisine that all ages gravitate to and what's not to like about a place that serves a delicious dish they call a "mess?"
5. Finally, I like in Cushing Square. If you have given up on the slumming-like-a-local crowds around Deluxe Town Diner or the New Yorker in Watertown, try this smallish, old-school breakfast diner. You'll get nicely-cooked food – nothing fancy, just good – in a townie-like atmosphere where children are welcome.