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?baby friendly San Diego?

My 10-month old nephew and I will be hanging out in downtown San Diego next week. I will have a car, but probably don't want to go too far as we have a nap schedule to consider. Looking for suggestions for good eating (can be restaurant, stand, market) and strolling (as in: stroller). Thanks

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  1. The fish market downtown is lively, and you can sit outside and look at the boats and the water. Anthony's fishette is also low key.

    Forget about the nap schedule, I have two kids, he will adjust.

    1. Balboa Park and The Prado for lunch

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      1. re: DougOLis

        I wouldn't really call the Prado a baby-friendly environment.

        1. re: foodiechick

          Not even for lunch on the patio? I've never been for lunch but I imagine it's pretty low-key. The Prado isn't the fanciest restaurant in San Diego.

          I think Balboa Park or the zoo are a hell of a lot more baby strolling friendly than walking around downtown.

          1. re: DougOLis

            i think it is more of a ladies that lunch place...I have seen alot of mission hills/kensington groups of four during the week at lunch. With the right amount of tourists thrown in, of course. But rarely kids, or babies. Good point about Balboa Park over downtown.

      2. Cafe 222 might be a good idea if you go after the morning rush. It's a small place, only open for breakfast and lunch. The owner usually brings her little person along. Also, try the Cheese Shop or The Tin Fish.

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        1. re: phee

          cafe 222 was a hit, esp since we're on east coast time so got there when it opened and shared the room with 2 other tables. super baby friendly and good scrambles and waffles

          1. re: sarapeater

            Glad you liked it! It's one of my faves when it's not too busy.

        2. Cafe Chloe will make you feel at home. Good for baby, good for parent. The perfect spot.


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          1. re: Fake Name

            Cafe Chole was another great recomendation. And for lunch the staff said they can be most accomodating, not surprisingly, early (11 and before) and late (2ish). But they're super friendly either way.

            The Cheese Shop was great too - breakfast and lunch.
            Thanks again

          2. Nordstrom Cafe. Plus, you get to stroll around Nordstrom's and Horton Plaza. :-)

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            1. re: daantaat

              thanks for all the suggestions. we do have balboa park in our plans. might be good to bring a cheese shop sandwich in for a sort of picnic.
              Cafe 222 and Cafe Chloe look perfect. as do the cheese shop and tin fish.

              horton plaza is a mall? when I think nordstrom and food I think of that cookie scandal from some years back. and I think of their cookies. good snack break.
              looks like we're staying right near there at the Omni. is it easy to walk to the water? any worthwhile eating on the water?

              1. re: sarapeater

                Yes and no- downhill to get to the water...

                Lots to eat downtown. Horton Plaza is a mall- unique- about 5 stories, all outdoors. Norstrom Cafe is on top floor, as are most restaurants.

                Cheese shop Deli is on Fourth north of Market, on Fourth South of Market is Sultan Schawarma which is also excellent and inexpensive. There are a few small parks in the area also (keep going South on Fourth at the end of the block is an enclosed one and if you turn West to First there is a neat one with rolling grasses and if you turn East, you'll be at the outfield of the ballpark which is an open park area. Lots of gelato/coffee and sandwich places near the ballpark which won't be busy since baseball season is over.

            2. Ghiradelli on 5th would make any kid happy and probably Auntie Sarapeater!