See, it’s not just families during the Early Bird Special Hour. This is about 6 p.m. on a Saturday.
Kid Hit Menu Items: It’s all about sausages and fries and beer at Wurstküche, so if your child does not like any of these things, you’re outta luck. Especially the beer part. Kidding! The bockwurst is particularly mild, as is the veg apple sage. Chunky Belgian-style are some of the best in town, and blue cheese walnut bacon dipping sauce is highly recommended if nut allergies aren’t an issue.
Adult Perks: Huge list of craft beer on tap, house-made sausages, and intriguing fry dipping options. “Exotic” sausages (not a euphemism), if you want to go that route.
Pros: The room is loud, minimally designed (exposed brick walls, ducts, etc.), with big long communal tables and some tables at one end and in the smaller room off the side. If your kid needs to move, then it’s easy enough to take a nice stroll outside. There’s also the outdoor patio. And the Gold Line extension isn’t too far, if you want to like, ship your kid off on his/her own adventure or something.
Cons: Stools are architect-y and small, and the individual tables are oddly shaped so might require a little extra attention. Noise actually might be overwhelming to some.
Changing Station: No. But there’s one stall in the women’s restroom that’s roomy if you absolutely need to do your thing and have a changing pad with you.
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: Street parking only. I usually find a space within a block or two from Wurstküche around the Artists District. It’s always a fun and interesting to walk around there anyway. The trickiest thing can be FINDING Wurstküche if you’re never been there before, since the signage is, well, subtle. (Apologies to my mom for having her meet us there; thankfully her grandson was with her, who has an amazing sense of direction and memory for places.)
Other Tidbits: might get a lot of people’s vote for best Man-Date spot, but it’s also a super place to take your kids. It’s a simple concept that’s well executed. The vibe is heavy on the architecture and design scene, especially since SCI-Arc is right down the street, and the crowd is always a lively and fun to watch. (PSA moment: don’t forget to keep an eye on your little ones, folks!) The rowdy mess hall, commissary-like set-up can be convenient, but does sometimes require patience. It’s always crowded, even on an early Saturday night when we went last week. So definitely do not go during peak times unless you want to wait a long time to order and for seats in the dining room.
Udpate: There’s also a Venice location.
800 East 3rd Street, Downtown/Artists District
Cuisine: Sausages/Hot Dogs/Gastropub
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight; Sunday noon – midnight.