Best Place to Eat Out with Your Kids
Fika at the American Swedish Institute
The danger of dining out with little ones is the dreaded "dead zone," the time between placing your order and when the food actually arrives. For adults, it's a nice chance to chat with companions; for kids, it's the perfect time to fidget until they've knocked over a glass of water. At Fika, located inside the historic American Swedish Institute, you'll find a play area outdoors for kids to romp while you wait for your meal. There are activities for every age, from glittering hula hoops to the old ball-in-a-cup game, and since Fika is open every day for lunch, it's a perfect spot to catch up with other parents. Adults will find plenty to enjoy: The gravlax is served as little jewel-colored, diced, cured salmon, tossed in a light dressing with leek horseradish panna cotta, roe, and dots of lemon gelée, served with house-made potato chips for scooping. Kids will appreciate the open-faced sandwiches, which are perfect for little hands. And for those with a sweet tooth, Fika's baked goods are divine, especially the cardamom bun. This lunchtime retreat is a lovely spot to take a break, enjoy a lovely meal, and watch the kids play.