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jer z girl Feb 28, 2010 02:50 PM

Friends of mine are moving from New Jersey to San Diego next month. I want to buy them a gift certificate for a restaurant in San Diego, but am in no way familiar with the area. I was looking for suggestions of good spots. They are in their early 30's and have a 1 year old, so places that are somewhat kid friendly would be best. They don't have their housing squared away, yet, so I don't know exactly what areas are best, so downtown or near the beach would be safest bets. Thanks for any assistance!

  1. Josh Feb 28, 2010 03:26 PM

    You might want to wait until you know where they're living. San Diego is pretty spread out, and you could wind up sending them on a pretty long drive.

    1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 28, 2010 04:07 PM

      ooh, new recruits joining the rest of us Jersey expats out here. nice. we'll take good care of them :)

      Josh is right, this is a very sprawling city, so it's best to know where they'll be living before we make suggestions. when you find out, let us know!

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        JRSD Mar 1, 2010 07:11 AM

        While I agree with the suggestions to find out where they are living before purchase, I will mention that we went to Whisknladl in La Jolla with an infant recently and they were extremely helpful in getting us set up. We saw 3-4 other table with infants/young kids there as well. Food and service were excellent. If they are moving anywhere central in SD, it would be a good choice.

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          Beach Chick Mar 1, 2010 10:45 AM

          For casual fast food but local SD that could introduce them to the fish taco would be Rubio's..they have them all over SD County and there good and kid friendly.
          $25 gift card will go far..especially for $1.25 Taco Tuesdays..

          www.rubios.com

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            Beach Chick Mar 1, 2010 01:32 PM

            George's at the Cove would be a nice introduction to San Diego..sitting on the ocean terrace having drinks and app's at sunset with the one year old in tow.

            www.georgesatthecove.com

          2. Dagney Mar 1, 2010 05:53 PM

            Okay, this is not an upscale or fine dining suggestion at all, but the Crab Hut on Convoy is extremely family friendly. Also, there is a frozen yogurt place located in the same mall.

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              jer z girl Mar 26, 2010 10:37 AM

              Thanks for the options! They are moving to University Heights. Any good ones in that area? I think I may do 2...one of the suggestions in general that has been offered and something closer to where they will be living, if anyone has good ideas! Thanks again!

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                JRSD Mar 26, 2010 10:43 AM

                Pizzeria Bruno hands down. They have incredible pizza, it is right in their neighborhood and extremely kid-friendly. Per their website they now offer gift certificates.

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                  Josh Mar 26, 2010 11:08 AM

                  Seconded!

              2. Fake Name Mar 27, 2010 08:19 AM

                For University Heights, I'd re-echo echo echo Bruno's, then I'd treat them to Farmhouse Cafe.

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                  cstr Mar 27, 2010 08:38 AM

                  2nd Farmhouse Cafe, nice choice.

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                  jer z girl Apr 26, 2010 09:23 AM

                  Thanks to everyone for your ideas. I went with Bruno's and Farmhouse Cafe. They went to Bruno's this past weekend and loved it! Thank you, again, for your help. It was nice to get them a useful gift that they really like!

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