Kid Hit Menu Items: A plate of solid ¼ inch fries is a good bet. My son actually likes the tofu with the salad. Otherwise, between the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich ($16) and burger options ($14-16), you’re bound to find something to please everyone in your group. But for $12-17, it’s probably best not to take the chance of ordering an entire sandwich per child, unless your kid has a hearty appetite.
Adult Perks: Cautiously globetrotting but not schizo wine list available with many selections by the half glass and glass. The “self constructive” menu at dinner, for which you select your protein, two sides, and sauce, can be very convenient and nicely flexible for families with different demands and varying tastes.
Pros: Outdoor seating available, big room, space for strollers in certain spots. Great lighting. Owners Neal and Amy Frasers are parents, and kids are welcome here.
Cons: Prices can be higher than what I’d like to spend for uncomplicated food served to a toddler who may or may not eat it. There’s always doggie bags. BLD occasionally has special milkshake evenings, but for a regular dose, you’ll have to go to MILK down the street.
Changing Station: Yes
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: Mix of street parking and valet, especially at night. Competition for a meter on Beverly Blvd. can be tough. Surrounding residential streets have parking restrictions, so read the signs very carefully.
Other Tidbits: BLD translates the clean elegance of its erstwhile sibling restaurant, Grace, to a casual, comfortable place that serves all three meals (hence the abbreviation) and is continually open. (Note: Grace will no longer be BLD’s neighbor when it moves to impressive digs at the former St. Vibiana’s Cathedral downtown at Second and Main Streets, and John Sedlar takes over.) Neal Fraser serves a menu of straightforward American classics, along with an outstanding cheese and charcuterie list, and some dishes you’d expect to see at a modern day California upscale diner. I’m a fan in particular of the Asian-influenced hemp seed crusted tofu salad with shishito peppers, asparagus and mizuna. This bright, well-designed restaurant beat the odds that seemed to curse previous tenants of the corner location (Red, David Lentz and David Rosoff”s Opaline), and has the utility of say, a Kate Mantilini. But with a younger crowd and better chef creds. Or maybe we’re actually just Kate M.-style alta kakers in the making.
7450 Beverly Blvd., Mid-City/Beverly Fairfax/what our friend Aram calls “SQUABEMEL” (Square Below Melrose)
Price: $$, bordering on $$$
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.