SD, party of 8, kid friendly
One lunch and one sit-down dinner, have car. Primarily interested in seafood/Mexican at budget-moderate prices (<$15pp). No Asian (get plenty of that in L.A.).
Lunch: Our past trips to SD have always included El Zarape for their seafood tacos; we'll skip it this time due to recent downhill reports and space limitations. Culled from this board for seafood tacos/sandwiches: El Pescador, Bay Park, Pt. Loma, El Comal, South Beach Bar & Grill.
Dinner: Super Cocina, Arrivederci, Caffe Bella Italia.
Among these suggestions, what do you recommend based on party size and kid-friendliness? Better recs? Also, do any of these serve Stone, Alesmith or similar SD craft beers on tap?
Lunch: Blue Water Seafood
Dinner: El Comal...Super Cocina is not really in a nice area for out of towners
Blue Water is a good option for lunch, more kid-friendly than South Beach. They serve a near-complete selection of Ballast Point beer, which is one of San Diego's top craft brewers.
I'm always a proponent of Super Cocina, however with your interest in craft brew I'd actually suggest you consider Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe in Mission Hills. They are kid-friendly (I see lots of families with small children who eat there), have some interesting options, and they're the only Mexican place I've been to that serves local beer - specifically a few of the Stone bottled offerings.
The beer/food combination is elusive in San Diego - most places serve the standard Bud/Miller/Coors trifecta of awfulness. Some places serve the local but boring Karl Strauss. There are a small number of places I've been that have a good representation of our craft brew scene, but there aren't many kid-friendly options there.
I hope you have a good trip while you are here.
Super Cocina is very good, but it also rustic, you eat on paper plates or styrofoam. Not overly kid friendly. A party of 8 would dominate this very small place.
Mimo's on India street has great italian sandwiches for lunch, and they younger set could even have pasta.
Point Loma Seafood is good for lunch and they do have beer.
Thanks again for the replies. Will probably do lunch at El Comal since Caffe Calabria (forgot to mention this is an obligatory stop for me, being a coffeegeek) is two blocks away and closes at 3pm.
For inexpensive seafood and local brews, this leaves Blue Water for a sitdown dinner, but I'm concerned whether or not this place easily seats 8? Haven't seen many posts on Bay Park on this board...I called and they do have a few local brews on tap, including one from Ballast Point.