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Family Trip to San Diego Next Weekend - Need Recommendations!

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I'm going to be in San Diego next weekend and am hoping for some recommendations. I will be going on a family trip (with 7 folks - including a person in a wheelchair and a 3 year old) - so any family friendly recommendations would be helpful! Coming from San Francisco and we will be staying in Coronado Island and will be doing the usual San Diego touristy stuff - the Zoo, Sea World, driving around and seeing various attractions etc. Would love to hear about your favorite sorts of food - our family essentially will eat and and every type of food and in various price ranges (although given there are so many of us may be not too many in the top tier price range). It just has to be able to accomodate 7 and be open to having a 3 yr old, she's not too fussy though and really loves food - ahh a foodie family.

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  1. I may be struck down for this, but one of my favorite places in San Diego for a view with decent food is il Fornaio on Coronado.

    Yes, I know all about Coronado other options, and agree there are much better places for food. But the combination is very nice.

    And they'll accomodate kids and wheels just fine.

    That's where I'd go.

    1. We were in Coronado last weekend for a kids' lacrosse tournament and discovered Burger Lounge, which worked out great for our large group of various ages/tastes. I thought it was excellent for what it is - simple, grass-fed beef burgers, good Caesar salad, delicious fries, nice beer/simple wines by the glass. Other stuff, too, but can't recall now. Both kids and adults loved it. Definitely a notch above the usual burger places. Sorry, don't have other Coronado suggestions.

      The zoo, in Balboa Park, is notoriously slim on restaurant options although I think some people like Albertos (is that the name? it's the fancier place in the zoo).

      Around Sea World, there are quite a few options, mostly in Pacific Beach/Ocean Beach area. You can do a search for those areas on this board. We recently had friends in town w/kids and spent a wonderful afternoon on the boardwalk between PB and Mission Bay by renting beach cruisers (and it's great for someone in a wheelchair) and rambling along. For lunch on the boardwalk, we had some great carnitas tacos at Tacos el Gordo and someone else in our group who wasn't up for Mexican had a BLT w/avocado at Kono's. Both are along the boardwalk and are very casual and tasty.

      Nearby, we like Bay Park Fish Co for casual setting, fresh fish sandwiches and fish & chips. El Pescador in La Jolla is similar, but slightly more downscale.

      There are lots of other options for foodie families, but many are not adjacent to the big San Diego attractions. I'll let others chime in on those. Have fun!

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      Bay Park Fish Co
      4121 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110

      Balboa Park
      1549 El Prado Ste 8, San Diego, CA 92101

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      1. re: carli

        We'll have definitely at least one day where we won't be at attractions, so any recommendations in general for amazing foood is welcomed.

        1. re: carli

          The El Pescador in La Jolla is quite small - probably not a great place for a group of 7, esp. since it's more of a fish market than sit-down place to eat.

        2. Cafe Chloe
          Mama Testa
          1500 Ocean
          Blue Water Grill
          Point Loma Seafoods
          Blind Lady Alehouse

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          Mama Testa
          1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

          Point Loma Seafoods
          2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

          Cafe Chloe
          721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

          1500 Ocean
          1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

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          1. re: DougOLis

            Blind lady is a fun place, but not really great for a wheelchair or a 3 year old.

            I would recommend breakfast at the HOB NOB, before the zoo or Sea World.

            After a day at Sea World, Point Loma Seafood could be very good. You can by wine there or bring your own and sip at one of the many tables. They have kid friendly stuff.

            The Fish Market serves very nicely and is used to accomodating groups like yours. They have a diverse menu and and great view.

            If you would like to try something different, there is the Hilton Across from PETCO PArk, they have a great happy hour with 6 dollar burgers. They validate parking too. The bar on the main floor, 3, has many little out door patios with views of the bay and Coronado. It is thrifty and very nice.

            Have a great stay.

            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              I was just at the Blind Lady this weekend and I think it would be great for both a person in a wheelchair and a 3-year old. The ramp makes it easily accessible for a wheelchair and there are games/toys for kids. I was there on a Saturday afternoon and about half the patrons were with kids.

              My $0.02.

          2. Arrivadercci in Hillcrest. The best italian food I have ever had. Very affordable and atmosphere is excellent. Probably my favorite restaurant in San Diego.