Out to eat with kids

We know that eating out with kids can often feel like an uphill battle.  Are you the type of parent who over plans the night out or comes unprepared and just waits to see if the restaurant will have enough entertainment?  I bet you can guess where we fall on that spectrum!  We believe in setting our kids up for success before a night out or change in routine.  What time will the dinner be?  Will your child need to eat at his or her regular meal time before going out with friends?  Can you plan the dinner at your regular meal time?  Can you pack some toys/games for your child to play with during the meal if it will be long?  Will baby need to have his or her bottle and fall asleep in the ergo/stroller during the meal?  We would love to hear your feedback on how you prepare for eating out with kids!