Archive | September, 2012

Rubios

28 Sep

40 El Camino  Fresno, CA 93720

1/2 Star out of 5

Pros:

  • Have High chairs

Cons:

  • No changing tables
  • Nowhere to nurse
  • Nowhere to put a baby’s car-seat; either on a sling carrier OR chair
  • kind of too crowded for a stroller

Personal Experience:

We had our son in his car-seat & had to hold on to it because when people would walk by they’d accidentally push it…fun.
I tried nursing my son at the back booth type table. It was okay until these 2 ladies sat next to us & kept glancing at us. Mind you the back 2 tables are shared by the same booth seat & the table is a little more than arms length away.

Warning: Bit of a Rant. Now I wear a nursing shawl when I nurse, I’m not trying to put on a show for anybody so I don’t understand why people STARE at you as if they are looking from a 2 way mirror that I can’t see them. Yeah, I can see ya! STOP STARING. ~End Rant~ : D

All in all it’s a good place, we enjoy the food (especially their famous fish tacos) but I can’t say its baby/kid friendly.

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Sonic

26 Sep

4687 N. Blackstone Ave.  Fresno, CA 93726

1/2 Star out of 5

Pros:

  • Have high chairs (I KNOW! I didn’t know that before either!! 🙂
  • Drive thru-so you don’t have to stay

Cons:

  • NO changing tables
  • Nowhere to nurse-(really awkward to nurse in your car, not just because of how uncomfortable it is in the car but also because of the cars of people at every angle = P
  • If you decide to sit outside its kind of dangerous with cars driving on both sides of you for the drive thru.

Personal Experience:

My son is old enough to sit up & eat. But once he wanted to get up & walk around it was time to go. We ate with friends so with them helping it allowed us to finish eating then leave. I’m sure you can take your kids & eat in the car, which knowing your own kids, you’ll know how well that works for your family.

Black Angus

21 Sep

1737 E. Shaw Ave.  Fresno, CA 93710

3 out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Have changing table in BOTH men & women’s restroom.

Cons:

  • No baby chairs
  • Not really anywhere to nurse
  • Very quiet restaurant-so every little squeal is noticeable.

Personal Experience:

I LOVE to sit at the booths because of the very high backs. In these I was able to sit my sons car-seat on the booth seat. If you nurse at the table, depending where you’re seated, you only have one angle to worry about exposing your boob to! Sitting at a table is too uncomfortable & there is no room for you to put your child in a car seat.

One subscriber said “their high chairs didn’t flip over to hold a car-seat and they didn’t have those sling things. So we had to set her car-seat on a chair and it made so nervous she was going to be bumped by someone walking by and go tumbling on the floor.”

Red lobster

19 Sep

3 out of 5 stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Have a changing table in the women’s restroom (not sure if one in the mens)
  • Restaurant is loud enough that if your child is making noise it’s often not very noticeable.
  • It’s a small thing, but I VERY much appreciated the little hook inside the handicap door that allowed me to hang his diaper bag on, instead of putting it on the floor.

Cons:

  • Nowhere to nurse
  • Booth tables are pretty close so there is little room to nurse at the booth without the baby hitting their head if they move much.

Personal Experience:

We went on a all-you-can-eat night so the place was pretty busy. Needless to say by the time my son was “done” sitting still & being quiet, it was loud enough that he wasn’t an issue. Trying to nurse while sitting at a table is uncomfortable & kind of awkward when there are people sitting at every angle around you. On one occasion, there was a man leering at me in SUCH  a creepy way & not at ALL trying to hide it. I went to a booth in a corner.

Which poses its own issue unless your child is small & doesn’t move much. My son was 7 months old & did NOT fit either of these categories so he ended up hitting his head on the heavy wood table : (

I Love Sushi

16 Sep

465 W. Shaw Avenue  Clovis, CA 93612

3 1/2 Out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have High chairs
  • Have Boosters
  • Loud enough for children but won’t give you a headache.
  • Changing tables in BOTH men & women’s restroom.

Cons:

  • There’s not really room to put car seat in booth & the chairs are too small for that as well.
  • The high chairs can be turned upside down so that u can put the  car seat on the chair but its on a slight tilt so you would have to make sure NOBODY pushes it and that you are RIGHT next to the baby. It’s a little too dangerous for me & I’m too nervous to risk that.
  • No nursing area. The tables are too uncomfortable to nurse at & if you can get a booth in the back, that’ll help, just be sure to not get in view of the tinted window next to you.

Personal Experience:

The name of the restaurant matches how I personally feel when I think of sushi (*sigh 🙂 I have always had a generally good experience there as well. On this particular occasion our waitress was Judy, VERY sweet girl but in general the staff is nice & accommodating. Any questions I had, especially regarding for my child, they were happy to help.

I wish I could rate this place a little higher but as a nursing mother it is not very comfortable & I would have to say that it is more kid friendly rather than baby friendly.

WinCo Supermarket

10 Sep

 

1004 S Peach Ave, Fresno, CA 93727

2 out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Diaper changer in women’s bathroom.
  • Baby seats on some carts

Cons:

  • No diaper changer in the men’s bathroom
  • No nursing room
  • No “child’s” seat in the handicap bathroom for children who are old enough to walk & the doors do not go all the way down so your child is free to peek at people in the next stall or try to crawl out.

Personal Experience:

It SUCKS if you’re by yourself & have to use the restroom. The toilets flush very LOUD & echo so your little one may seek comfort in your arms. The plus side of this is that you can master using the bathroom with one hand while carrying a kid in the other trying to avoid touching anything in the bathrooms! ; P

As I’m sure every parent knows already, you really have to plan your trip to the supermarket carefully. You either have to keep it short or time it PERFECTLY between their naps & feeding times-Dont forget travel tiiiime! : )

In fairness to the “child” seat, I’ve only seen this at one business EVER & now that my son wants to go everywhere I sooo appreciate them!! : D

 

Golden Dragon

9 Sep

5235 E. Kings Canyon Road  Fresno, CA 93727

2 out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have high chairs
  • Clean restaurant
  • All food is To-go

Cons:

  • No changing table & the tables only have chairs so if you need to change your baby’s diaper you may have to do that in your car if you drove.
  • No nursing area

Personal Experience:

The workers are very nice & accommodating. It is a small, local restaurant so I understand how hard it must be to add amenities like a changing table &/or nursing room. This place does not have a kids menu but have yet to eat at an oriental place that does. While I personally like this place, especially that they offer not just Chinese food but Vietnamese as well (mmm, pho) I’m afraid it’s not very baby friendly. On the plus side you can order any of their wide varied food to go.

*Warning to any nursing mothers, the chow mien is spicy so aware of that when ordering your dish.

Mor furniture

8 Sep
5156 N. Blackstone Ave.  Fresno, CA 93710
4 stars out of 5
Pros:
  • Long counter in women’s restroom you can use as changer.
  • Nursing room, but no chair in there
  • Popcorn machine, soda & cookies
  • Plenty of couches to sit on or kids to crawl up & down off of
  • Baby changer in mens restroom w/a shelf next to it to place your stuff on.
Cons:
Of course the place is not baby proofed (not expecting that) but for children who are early walkers the sharp corners on tables are a caution. As well as lamps & other expensive furnishings mean you’ll have to keep your third eye on them to make sure you’re not buying any “extra” items 🙂
  • Didn’t see a changer, you can use the long counter but obviously there are no safety straps.
All in all it is pretty child, baby & parent friendly 🙂

Sweet Tomatoes

8 Sep

7114 N. Fresno Street  Fresno, CA 93720

3 1/2 Out of 5 Stars

Pros:

  • Have changing table in the handicap bathroom stall.
  • Changing table in Men’s handicap bathroom stall as well.
  • Have baby chairs
  • Have high chairs

*Update

  • They also have disposable bibs, which if you’ve forgotten them is a GREAT help at a buffet : D

Cons:

  • When its crowded, its feels like your child’s baby or high chair is in people’s walking space.
  • No nursing area

Personal Experience:

Taking a baby is kind of difficult as you feel your child is on the way wherever their seat is. There is nowhere to nurse & on the average it is a quiet restaurant. This place has great nutritious food & the variety is great to be able to offer to kids. The place is very clean & we love to go there. They try to make mommies w kiddies & families feel welcome, which goes a long way. But I would have to say it is more KID friendly rather than baby friendly.

Mimi’s Cafe

7 Sep
3 1/2 Stars out of 5
Pros:
  • Have booster seats & high chairs.
  • Booths were..adequate to fit a car seat.
  • Some Booths have enough privacy & room  to nurse.
  • Changing table in women’s bathroom
  • The largest bathroom is big enough for your kid to walk around for a second or place your car seat down in & it seemed like a bonus the doors go down the whole way so that you don’t have to worry about your little one crawling out.
  • Have kids menu
Con: pretty quiet so when your child is loud, seems noticeable to you.
Personal experience: we sat at a booth w a friendly older couple who played a small game of peekaboo w our child as he leered into their booth : p after that couple left another older couple who was NOT interested in our curious little adventurer sat there.
Our server, that day, was VERY slow. We didn’t mind at first as we were trying have enjoy ourselves, but with only 3 other customers after waiting for EVERYTHING as if it was a full house our patience waned.
“excuse me, can I have ranch to go w/this appetizer?”….1/2 way through….”excuse me, can I have some ranch for this?” & EVERYTHING was this long.
And anybody who’s eating w/a small child knows you have a window of time that you can be at a place before they start LOSING it!
So waiting for things when we were already to go was NOT fun.
In general:
The restaurant has alot of older couples & people just wanting to relax & take their time enjoying their food.
I see nothing wrong w/ this at all, but especially if you’re a new parent it can cause u to feel so much more aware of every squeal n screech from your little darling : D