San Diego - good food for large group?
I've got a group of youths going to do some volunteer service in Mexico in June and I'd like to find a good place in SD or nearby to take them for dinner when we come back across. There'll be about 15 well behaved teens and 5 somewhat well behaved adults.
p.s. we're from phoenix, so, although mexican suggestions are welcomed, it's not necessary for us. something very so-cal and quirky would be nice.
You might have good luck with Sammy's Woodfired Pizza. It's a local chain that makes pretty good pizzas, salads, and appetizers. Casual, fun atmosphere, and the food is as adventurous as you want to make it. The pizzas range from very normal and safe to experimental.
They have a location in Mission Valley just off the 8 freeway, which should be convenient for you.
Sammy's is a good choice, and there's also one in the Gaslamp. Another suggestion: Corvette's Diner in Hillcrest. It's a throwback to old 50's diners with somewhat raucous waitstaff, old music, and teens love it. They do decent burgers and have a whole list of shakes, egg creams, malts, and sodas. If you're coming back on the 8 toward Phoenix, you may also want to consider Casa de Pico in Grossmont Center.
Another option in Grossmont Center would be BJ's Pizza, which is right next door to Casa de Pico.
Anthony's Fishette on HArbor Drive. They have fish and chips platters and the like. They are located next to Anthony's Harbor Side.
The seating is covered and outside on the water, it is nice and I go there with my kids.
Bronx Pizza in Hillcrest on Washington Street. It is rustic and inexpensive, the Pizza is great and they have a great selection.
DZ AKINS is a pretty large deli with great sandwiches and soups.