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Apr 18, 2011 03:17 PM

birthday dinner for 5 year old in Carlsbad - any ideas?

We are taking my son to legoland for his 5th birthday along with my parents, 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son. I have only stopped by Carlsbad once before to see the flower fields so I'm pretty ignorant about local dining. We are probably going to be too tired after legoland to travel too far but I was hoping there was a local spot that kids love. Any suggestions?

thanks in advance!

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  1. UG. Just went through this yesterday. There are no restaurants that I would consider chow-worthy near Legoland. However, if this is about the kids mostly, and the grownups secondarily, you can probably have a pretty good time at Sammys (pizzas and sundaes) or Karl Strauss (burgers, fries, mac). We ended up at Karl Strauss because of the semi-decent beer options but really it was a toss up of mediocrity.

    If you want a better food experience, you're going to have to head a bit south.

    1. One topic from last year on Carlsbad with kids:

      I dunno how people feel about Casa De Bandini up there. See if you can make reservations, or call ahead seating, wherever you go.

      Casa De Bandini
      2660 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110

      1. Pizza Port. Its loud and the kids can run around. Good beer for the adults too. You will need it after Legoland.