Dinner on the table: Eat24 restaurant food delivery

EAT24 provides free online ordering for restaurant delivery in the East Bay

One of the food delivery services that my family uses on a regular basis is Eat24. It certainly helps to get their cheeky email with a coupon every Friday just as we’re figuring out how to stretch 2 hot dogs and 3 buns into a satisfying meal for our family of 5. We most often […]

The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime

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Thanks to Felicity at Encore Hand-me-down Baby Registry for urging us all to check out the improvements at Emeryville Market. Not that you need an excuse to let someone else make you dinner, but it sounds like a terrific solution for busy families with little ones. The Public Market in Emeryville has been somewhat recently remodeled. They […]

Fentons is having a birthday party & you’re invited

Happy Birthday to Oakland's Fenton's Creamery

  Oakland’s own Fentons Creamery is celebrating 120 years of serving up ice cream sundaes with a big old ice cream social including crafts, BBQ, 4-H animals, and — of course — plenty of ice cream. WHERE: 4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 WHEN: From 12pm to 3pm on Sunday, July 20th (which is also National Ice Cream Day!) WHAT: Fentons […]

Neighborhood favorite: Paisan

After about two years of delay, I am so pleased to see another fantastic restaurant in SW Berkeley. Paisan is a high-end pizzeria with the welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood joint.

Westbrae Biergarten for families?

Westbrae Biergarten

Berkeley has a new beer garden worth a visit. If you frequent the Ohlone Greenway, chances are you’ve biked past the construction site of the Westbrae Biergarten (at Gilman) and wondered of its pending opening. Good news, it’s now open.  Better news?  I’ve checked it out for you. The Wesbrae Biergarten is an outdoor beer […]

CREAM ice cream sandwiches are worth the wait

Cream ice cream sandwiches are a double treat

Have you passed by that incredibly long line on Channing and Telegraph and wondered what all the fuss was about? If you like warm cookies and cold ice cream pressed together into an ooey gooey sandwich, then get in that line and thank me later! For the low price of $2 each, you can choose […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

Take a lazy hike in the woods and reward yourself for the (mild) exertion with a huge plate of pancakes. You’ve just discovered the secret recipe for the Marin’s West Point Inn.

My children’s favorite restaurants

Favorite East Bay restaurant: Homemade Cafe in Berkeley

Burgers, pizza, and Mexican food reign supreme in my family. If you want to please my sons, just take them one of these places! They don’t go for fancy in breakfast food, either. If the place doesn’t serve french toast, then forget about it! Some of my own beloved brunch spots don’t make their cut. Homemade […]

Phil’s Sliders, a kid favorite in Berkeley

Phils Sliders in Berkeley, a kid favorite

The menu is rather limited to burgers, sides, and drinks but if you have a hankering for meat, then you’re in luck. Phil’s Sliders’ mini burgers are perfectly child-sized. And did I mention tasty (made from Marin Sun Farms grass-fed ground beef)? Bacon upgrade is yummy but expensive. Tater tots are an exquisite accompaniment and upgrade […]

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap. 
 

Christmas Tea in the Bay Area: Start a Family Tradition

The Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz

Pinkies out, everybody! In case you’ve never taken your little girl — or boy — to tea, this holiday season offers a perfect opportunity. One of the best times to take kids for a high tea experience is during the holidays, when everybody’s feeling festive. You just might start a yearly tradition. Here are some […]

Parents’ Guide to Solano Avenue

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Ten kid-friendly spots between The Alameda and San Pablo Avenue.

Oakland outdoor eating: 10 places to eat with your kids al fresco

Homeroom in Oakland

Thanks those of you following on the 510Families Facebook page, we have curated a list of 10 kid-friendly restaurants with patios in Oakland. (See our list of Berkeley restaurants with the same criteria.) These are listed in no particular order. Bocanova in Jack London Square for brunch. Offers a view of the water and a […]

Healdsburg: Wine-tasting with kids

Healdsburg wine tasting with kids

My husband and I took an anniversary trip to Healdsburg for wine-tasting with our two daughters, and Heather asked me to share some highlights. My biggest piece of advice is to plot out your routes and think ahead (snacks, treats, toys, lunch)! Here are a few places that made it fun for all of us: Preston […]

Berkeley patios: 10 restaurants where you can eat outside with kids

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Summer, which seems to run from early August to the beginning of October around here, is a nice time to eat at a restaurant with outdoor patio space.  The sound of kids rejecting their food can drift up into the heavens instead of bouncing off the walls and driving us all crazy. With a little […]

99 East Bay restaurants loved by kids

Where to eat with kids in Oakland

If you’re a parent in Berkeley, Oakland, or some other part of the East Bay, odds are pretty good that you’ve been to at least five of the following restaurants with your kids. Over and over! And over! 510Families.com has profiled many of these spots within our archives, but consider this your community-generated cheat sheet […]

Ice cream concierge in Emeryville

Ice cream concierge in Emeryville

Ice Cream Concierge alert! My son and I want to tell you guys about the newish Black Bear Diner in Emeryville. The best thing about it is that the kids’ entrees come with a scoop of ice cream. And not just a plain one either. The guy I call the Ice Cream Concierge comes out […]