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SideDoor Toddler Tuesdays is the Best Thing to Happen to Parents

We dined as a guest of SideDoor

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Dining out with a toddler is never easy. Trying to get them to stay in their highchair for at least an hour while dining in a sit-down restaurant can be a struggle for parents and children. If the server brings the kids food out before the adult food – well then we all know that one parent won’t be eating. The toddler will finish eating quickly, and one parent will more than likely be taking the toddler to walk around outside the restaurant until the meal is over.

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While Sidedoor in Corona del Mar had never been my go-to place to send families to dine – it is now! They have listened to parent concerns and wanted to create a dining night where local families can bring their toddlers to eat without the stress of having to keep them strapped into a highchair for the entire night. The restaurant has a cozy outdoor patio that is fully enclosed with no more than ten dining tables. Every Tuesday from 4:30-8pm, parents are invited to bring their children to enjoy delicious food, sip on craft beer and let their children frolic and play with other children on the outdoor patio. Did I mention that the kids meals are only $5 each? It is a dream come true!

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When dining during Toddler Tuesday last week, we started our dinner with the popular avocado mash. The dish is light, and when paired with crispy pita chips, the kids cannot get enough of it. While my boys were savoring the tasty avocado mash, I shared the wedge salad with my daughter. The large salad came with a beautiful presentation where a wedge of lettuce was topped with chives, blue cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, and egg. It was the perfect start to our main course entrees.

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My younger son ordered off the children’s menu, and no surprise to me selected the chicken strips. The kids meal came with a good helping of french fries topped with chicken strips in a fun metal bucket. For $5 all the kids meals come with your child’s choice of beverage.

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Since my older son has turned 13, he has developed quite the appetite. He savored every bite of the SideDoor burger featuring snake river farms American Kobe beef. The burger was topped with white cheddar, red onion, bacon, and Russian dressing inside of a toasted bun.

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While my son was in burger bliss, my daughter enjoyed my favorite item on the menu – the Steak and Egg Sandwich. Inside of a toasted baguette came a large piece of steak topped with mozzarella, egg, and red pepper chimichurri. She ate every last crumb of this sandwich and has been begging us to go back to SideDoor so she can order it again.

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One of the dishes that SideDoor is known for is their prime rib. Even though my husband has ordered it a million times, he couldn’t resist having it again. SideDoor offers a huge serving size of prime rib paired with au jus, horseradish and fries. The dish is large enough for a couple to share for dinner.

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While my taste buds were craving the jidori chicken pot pie, I made a healthier choice by ordering the grilled lamb chops. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection and served with shemiji mushrooms, peas, and fingerling potatoes. Again, SideDoor offered a large serving of the lamb chops, so I was able to bring home a decent sized serving for lunch the following day.

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While the kids were playing with other children dining in the restaurant on the outdoor patio, we ordered the strawberry shortcake and lemon steam cake for dessert. We enjoyed talking with friends until the sun began to set and left with great memories of our dining experience at SideDoor.

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Don’t miss bringing your children along for an unforgettable dinner at SideDoor every Tuesday from 4:30-8pm. SideDoor is located at 3801 East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.

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