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Apr 26, 2010 11:27 AM

La Jolla - Kid Friendly and Good Food

Will be in La Jolla for three days and four nights. Will be dining with our 4 yr. old granddaughter. We know about Harry's and Sammy's Wood Fire Pizza. Hope someone has some other suggestions.

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  1. I would try Piatti's in the Shores..there is also The Shores restaurant that is oceanfront.
    For Mex, you could do Alfonso's or Jose's Courtroom on Prospect.
    Burger Lounge and the Cottage too.

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      Barbarella (across the street from Piatti) gets generally positive (though not uniformly strong) reviews for dining with kids.

      1. re: Beach Chick

        Will definitely try Piatti's. Is that at La Jolla Shores Hotel? We're staying there. Thanks for other suggestions as well.

        1. re: Priya

          Piatti is about a block and a half from the hotel. Barbarella, across the street from Piatti is VERY kid friendly.

      2. Cheese shop for lunch and eat it at the beach. Watch out for seagulls.

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        1. re: stevewag23

          The seagulls there are very interesting. They will go after anything unattended, but generally they keep a respectful distance if you are with your food. However, if you offer just a smidgen of food to a bird (seagulls or some of the other things that hang out there), it very quickly turns into a scene from The Birds.

          1. re: RB Hound

            At the cove an alpha seagull snatched a sandwich right out of a girls hand I was with.

        2. Coffee cup cafe for breakfast/lunch.

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          1. re: foodiechick

            strong 2nd for Coffee Cup Cafe. Very kid friendly.

            Coffee Cup
            1109 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

          2. I've seen diners with their children at whisknladle. If your daughter is a squirmer you could ask for one of the tables in the corner of the restaurant. Or eat outdoors on the patio. Great for lunch/dinner.

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            1. re: hopkid

              Sounds like a definite possibility. What kind of food do they serve?

              1. re: Priya

                It's mainly contemporary California with that locally fresh/raised vibe. Their daily flatbread special is usually good. And the tagliatelle bolognese is fantastic. I thought the sweetbreads and bone marrow were just OK. Their charcuterie platter, the Cutting Board, is also worth trying. What is on it varies depending on what they've prepared recently. Service is also very good IMO. Reservations a must. Here's a sample menu that's on their website but the offerings were not exactly the same when I went a couple of weeks ago.


            2. Karl Strauss if you like good beer! very kid friendly.

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