Restaurants: Santa Cruz Downtown and Area

The Greek, medium-priced, good-sized portions, warm pita and dip, drawings on the wall, lively, great desserts, located at 435 Front Street in Santa Cruz, CASH ONLY, 466-9990, T Prior, Santa Cruz

Center Street Grill is also kid-friendly with high chairs, boosters, crayons, a kid menu, and the owner has a 7-year-old daughter, Isabella, who loves children and will visit each little one while she is there. Center Street Grill, (831) 423-4745, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA Adina L.

Costa Brava Taqueria  on River Street. "They have my son's absolute FAVORITE bean and cheese burrito, and it's also kid-friendly in that no one is disturbed by kid noises, there's room for some wiggles, etc." D. R. Martin, Soquel

Gigi's Restaurant and Cafe has a Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet, 8 am til noon, 550 River Street, SC, 425-4800

El Palomar Restaurant, 1336 Pacific Garden Mall in downtown Santa Cruz. 425-7575

Kiati's Downtown: They bring the kids crayons and have a great sheet to work on, and dough to play with. They also have pizza throwing demonstrations on the weekend where the whole staff sings. The kids drinks are in kid-friendly cups. They have had Tierra Pacifica kindergartners for field trips twice now and did a wonderful job. Chandra M.

Planet Fresh, delicious, healthy gourmet burritos, 1003 Cedar St, SC, 423-9799

Ristorante Avanti "has a kid's plate that includes an appetizer plate with cheese slices, carrot sticks, raisens and apples. The entree is a choice of pasta dishes. Also included is an ice-cream sandwich for dessert. - April A.
"They set up a high chair or booster seat with a big piece of butcher paper underneath so the kids can make their usual mess without any clean-up hassle. They provide crayons and a kids' menu which has games and space for drawing. The kids' menu is great - numerous options and all good, healthy food that kids will actually like: for instance, a buckwheat pancake with mickey mouse ears, or an antipasto plate with carrot sticks and cheese slices. We love to take our son there!" -Syda M.

Riva, "Beautiful view, good food, kid friendly waitstaff", Tory W.

Seabright Brewery, family dining indoor or outdoor (on heated patio) with a kids' menu, wireless DSL on site, 519 Seabright Ave, SC, 426-2739. Tuesday is neighborhood night, live music.

Surfrider Cafe, great burgers, 429 Front Street, 713-5258

Taqueria Vallerta is a favorite family restaurant 893 41st Avenue, 464-7022 and 1101 Pacific Avenue, 471-2655

Vasili's Greek Restaurant, has a children's menu with pasta, chicken, pork and other meals in a fun Greek setting, 1501 Mission St, SC, 458-9808