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Jul 24, 2008 06:54 AM

Kid Friendly Food in Encinitas Area

We will be in Encinitas with our two kids, ages 2 and 5, for a week and are looking for some good, kid-friendly restaurants. I've looked through the board and already come up with Today's Pizza, Bety's and Russo's Pasta shop as possibilities, but any good suggestions for other (non-chain) family friendly places? What about good breakfast places? We are renting a house near Moonlight Beach, so any suggestions in walking distance of that location would be great as well. Thanks.

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  1. Welcome to fun!

    Breakfast -
    Honey's Bistro and Bakery
    Swami's Cafe
    Encinitas Cafe

    Today's, Bety's and Russo's (which is now called Rosanna's) are all good choices. I would add La Especial Norte as well.

    This thread may be of some help

    Have a great time!

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    1. re: Enorah

      second La Especial Norte--finally made it there for lunch and it is GOOD! Even better, it is CHEAP (ok Enorah, it's AFFORDABLE)!

    2. Honestly, I can't think of too many restaurants in the downtown area walking distance from Moonlight that AREN'T kid-friendly. Our hometown is pretty laid back. I second Enora's breakfast rec's with two additions:
      The Potato Shack
      Pipes Cafe in Cardiff, which is a short (5 mins) drive or long walk (2 miles or so each way ) from where you'll be staying.
      Hope you enjoy Encinitas!!

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      1. re: encinitaseater

        Thanks for the breakfast recommendations - all of those restaurants looks great! Can't wait to try them out. . .

      2. Keilani on D street serves kid-friendly Hawaiian plate lunches---teriyaki chicken, chicken katsu, kalua pig, kalbi, etc, served with steamed white rice and macaroni salad. I wish they had more vegetables on their menu (pretty much none), but my kids don't miss them.

        St. Tropez in the Lumberyard serves good almond croissants (their other pastries are pretty good too). There is a large outdoor seating area near a fountain (entertains the kids), and people frequently bring their dogs (also entertaining for the kids).

        Siamese Basil on 101 (between D and E streets) has kid-friendly noodles, i.e. glass noodles, pad thai, pineapple fried rice etc, and adult-friendly choices (seafood, spicy stuff, etc).