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stephberman May 26, 2010 11:58 AM

This is our first visit to San Diego and we will be staying at the Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay. We are traveling with our two young children. We are foodies, but now also have to take into consideration that we have young ones and look for restaurants that are somewhat friendly to the idea of having children as patrons. We will have a car, but also don't want to go too far with the kids. Love all kinds of food, but would like to try some Mexican food while in San Diego. Suggestions?

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    mayache May 28, 2010 07:56 PM

    For Mexican, El Comal (http://www.elcomalsd.com/) is in a nice neighborhood, is a nice spot in general, and has very good authentic Mexican food.

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    El Comal
    262 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

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    1. re: mayache
      DiningDiva May 28, 2010 08:51 PM

      That's a good call

    2. jmtreg May 28, 2010 05:38 PM

      For Mexican food, Mama Testa, Lucha Libre and Super Cocina are all going to be family friendly, though the best of the three, Super Cocina, is in a comparatively sketchy neighborhood. The second best, Mama Testa, is close to Balboa Park, and the third, is right off the 5. Also, if you go to Lucha Libre, make sure to hit up Gelato Vero (right across the street) for gelato.

      I've never been, but a friend of mine who has a four year old daughter really likes the Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights for locally crafted beer and pizza. San Diego is the craft beer king of the U.S., after all. I'm told its family friendly without being obnoxious.

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

      Super Cocina
      3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

      Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
      1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

      Blind Lady Ale House
      3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

      Gelato Vero Caffee
      3753 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

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

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      1. re: jmtreg
        Indirect Heat May 28, 2010 05:48 PM

        I wouldn't call Blind Lady Ale House family friendly, I would probably call it family-neutral. After all, it is basically a pizza pub. That said, I would take my 4-year old there. But he is extremely restaurant-friendly.

        The pizza is quite good. I found the crust a tad soggy (Mrs. Indirect Heat disagrees with me), but the toppings are top notch. And their beer list is first rate.

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        Blind Lady Ale House
        3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

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          steveprez May 28, 2010 06:29 PM

          Sorry for the conflicting opinion, but I would call the Blind Lady Ale House (BLAH) family inviting. They even keep a bunch of games for the kids, the seating is communal, the whole vibe is casual and the specialize in two foods kids love (at least my kids) pizza and sausage. I take my kids to hang out on lazy Saturdays.

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          Blind Lady Ale House
          3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

        2. re: jmtreg
          cgfan May 28, 2010 06:30 PM

          I'd hate for the OP to be left with the impression that Super Cocina's neighborhood is not safe. Sketchy can be a bit of an ambiguous word, so let's break it down and let the OP decide.

          Super Cocina's 92104 zip code is a multi-ethnic neighborhood, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in all of San Diego County. 92104 is also an under-median income community, with a median income at about 60% as that of San Diego County's median income.

          But 92104's crime index for both property and violent crimes matches that of the city and county (5.0), except for the county scoring a point lower (4.0 vs. 5.0) in its violent crime index than 92104. And in the 92104 Super Cocina is located amongst its most heavily traveled areas, just blocks away from another equally popular spot on these boards, the Mariscos German truck.

          Much probably depends on what one has been exposed to growing up, and what kind of Foodie one is: one that thrills in cultural and demographic variety (Super Cocina fans), or those that have a relatively narrow comfort zone (Old Town Mexican Cafe fans). However I think it can be generally agreed upon by most San Diego CH'ers that some of the compelling meals in our county are those that can be had in the restaurants of our ethnic neighborhoods. The only battle stories that us CH'ers can share from our experiences are likely about the inauthentic grub that passes as ethnic food in the less-well-informed, less diverse parts of our county.

          (I'm sure long-time and pioneer CH'er Tom Armitage has much to say re. this as well with regards to his thorough explorations throughout the neighborhoods of Los Angeles... Tom?)

          Enjoy!

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          Super Cocina
          3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

          Mariscos German
          3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

          1. re: cgfan
            DiningDiva May 28, 2010 07:13 PM

            I have to agree with CGF, while Super Cocina's neighborhood has some economic challenges (to say the least), it is pretty safe. With kids in tow I think the OP and family might be most comfortable going for breakfast (great chilaquiles) or lunch. Mexicans are some of the most family oriented people on the planet, children are almost always welcome in any Mexican place.

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            Super Cocina
            3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

            1. re: cgfan
              Josh May 28, 2010 07:33 PM

              I wouldn't describe Super Cocina's neighborhood as sketchy, either.

              I've eaten there countless times, and there's nothing wrong with that neighborhood.

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              Super Cocina
              3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

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                DougOLis May 29, 2010 10:22 AM

                92104 also includes most of North Park though and that might help skew the stats up from just City Heights.

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              cstr May 28, 2010 09:43 AM

              An excellent family friendly place would be Marisco's Godoy on Palomar Rd in Chula Vista, off the 5 south. This is authentic Mexican Seafood, family friendly priced, they do have some kids stuff on the menu. Also, for a great grilled fish sammie, El Pescador in La Jolla on Pearl St.

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                mdzehnder May 28, 2010 09:36 AM

                Glad you posted, as I'm in the same circumstance--visiting for the first time next week. No kids, so I'm happy to take any outlandish suggestion ya'll may wish to offer.

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