Visitor to SD--Mission Bay area, with 18 relatives
I'm visiting SD for a week, Aug. 11-18, staying at the Mission Bay Hilton, and meeting 18 relatives. Where can I take them, including a couple of children and a handful of 'teens, that is chow-worthy? It is hopeless, right?
--Visitor from the DC-area board.
Thanks, beachgirl, normalheightsfoodie, Josh, and iturtle. As for distance, we have cars, and a 10-15 minute drive is no problem, so long as the directions are not too complicated for a convoy. San Diego is pretty easy driving. For budget we like to stay in the "moderate" range, or else the week gets expensive. What kind of a name is "JRDN"?
You say it Jordan...and there is a story behind it-I just can't remember at the moment.
Okay JDRN might be a little pricey (I would say dinner entrees are around 25-30)
Also, I thought that Casa Guadalajara on the outskirts of Old Town would be fun and give you a glimpse of what Old Town used to be like before the park was taken over and they are reasonable and can for sure accommodate your group size. I think this would be a great dinner option.
Also, you may be wanting to walk or peruse the gaslamp quarter. This is where you might have to suffer and not really have "chow" as the restaurants are quite expensive and often not that great. The TinFish is actually quite tasty and should be able to accommodate your group. If you must choose something on 5th the kids might like Dick's Last Resort, it is pretty campy but they have the standard burgers and fries. Nothing mind blowing but they won't blink an eye at a group of your size and are reasonably priced.
Not sure if you are planning on the beaches but if you do I would recommend La Jolla Shores as there are a number of very good restaurants right down the street. Jeff's Burgers (really really good burgers) or The Cheese Shop (sandwiches) for the teens and if the adults want a sit down meal and can let the kids go off on their own I really like Piatti's.
As said below budget and car situation would help but here are some suggestions:
In Pacific Beach:
JDRN is great but I would suggest going on an earlier weeknight (or lunch or brunch) as last time I had dinner there on a Friday night everyone had to be 21. But it is a great location and really good food.
For a casual breakfast where you order at the counter and they bring it to you (and people can sit at different tables) Kono's at the end of Garnet Ave.
Hodads--some of the best burgers around and a casual fun place (they have a center bench table that may be able to hold your group although I don't think that they take reservations.
South Beach Grill: Turns into 21 and over at night but during the day in the summer kids are allowed in, great food and especially good fish tacos (you should try them!)
We love the roacous(?) atmosphere of HODADS, where the philosophy is No shoes, no shirt no problem.
Itis in expensive and has a lot of local atmosphere.
The patio of Alfonso's is fun. The margs are great, and the you can make a meal of nachos. Iwouold advise to sit on the patio.
Not far is Saffron Thai Noodles and Chicken on Indai and Washigton. It is mainly take-out, but you could could create seating for 18.
re: Beach Chick
Love Cafe Athena and JRDN and they are basically the same distance..I don't get what you are trying to say..the hotel is on the freeway and LJ/Gaslamp is less than 10 minutes and waiting on Grand/Garnet/Sea World drive could be a lot longer in driving time and waiting time with summer traffic..
I don't think traveling 10 minutes to a restaurant is any big deal, especially since your options are somewhat limited at the Hilton..
You are going to have a blast in SD..the weather has been perfect and the ocean temps have been in the 70's.
18 people is a lot but I am going to give you some ideas and hopefully, they can seat all of you..especially with the summer crowds..make reservations!
Georges at the Cove in La Jolla or Crab Catcher..great seafood and I like eating on the terrace at George's and the patio at the Crab.
Piatti's for casual italian dining in La Jolla Shores
Trattoria Acqua in LJ is really good too...Baci's across from the Hilton is one of my fav's but I don't know if they can seat 18 people..
Gaslamp in downtown SD has some great restaurants as well..don't know your budget but have a great time!