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November 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Are these really the nation’s most kid-friendly restaurants?

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The data-crunchers at Urbanspoon have done it again, coming up with a list of America’s “Top 100 Kid-Friendly Restaurants.” Seattle had three winners — and, while I’m usually a fan of the company’s methodology, this one has me wondering. The city’s kid-friendliest restaurants, the list says, are Revel, Skillet, and Toulouse Petit.

As it happens, I’ve taken my own kids to all three of those places, and they’ve enjoyed each one and felt welcome. (Skillet even had a retro-cool high chair for the baby.) But none, to me, are obvious kid-pleasers — before each visit, I’ve had internal debates about whether I really want to see if the little ones will stay quiet and enjoy short rib-shallot dumplings or tuna crudo or even a fried chicken sammy, or if I want to save the experience for one of those date-night specials. (Din Tai Fung in Bellevue also won a spot, which seems more of a fit if your kid can wait through the still-lengthy lines.)

Urbanspoon’s blog (written by Siri Angeles, formerly of Rover’s — do get a sitter if you’re lucky enough to dine there!) — says the list was derived from “the most popular American restaurants that have received the most coverage in the past year via blogger reviews, critic reviews, and diner votes on Urbanspoon.” Maybe parents are underrepresented in those groups?

Chime on in if you dare on this always touchy topic — are these restaurants on your own kid-friendly list?

Photo: Toulouse Petit in its opening days, by Lara Ferroni

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