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La Familia

VIBE: La Familia is looks small and non-descript, but the food and service is anything but! More often than not, owner Al Cavaso greets patrons from his post just inside the entrance, offering a handshake as he shows patrons to their table. Kids will feel at ease here — the décor is just as warm and inviting as the staff and family.

WHY IT'S TOT-FRIENDLY: La Familia has a warm and inviting family environment. Selections for young children are solid — the owner recommends his granddaughter's favorite, the child's quesadillas — or you can fall back on the standard chicken nuggets and fries if your little ones are more resistant to try the unfamiliar.

BE SURE TO TRY: Check out the sour cream enchiladas, the owner's favorite, flavorful and bursting with chopped chicken breasts.

GOOD TO KNOW: This location is the reincarnation of the old 7th Street namesake that was bulldozed and replaced by a bank a few years ago. La Familia has nabbed top notice from Texas Monthly, AOL City Guide and yelp.com as well as getting a five-star rating from Zagat. La Familia is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

BEST TIMES TO GO WITH KIDS: Family dining is best in the early evening between 5:30 and 7:30pm. Lunch gets a little frantic under the press of the work crowd. Expect a wait on Friday and Saturday nights. Stop in Saturday mornings for a family breakfast.

Updated on 3/5/13