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Aug 19, 2011 03:03 AM

Good local places to eat with young kids

We are staying in Coronado next week and plan to visit Sea World, Zoo, Beach, etc. We have 3 kids ages 8,5,5 that are very picky eaters. Can you recommend some great local places that we should not miss, which are kid friendly and in safe areas? Would love to eat authentic Mexican and great seafood. Also, looking for good breakfast place in Coronado to start our mornings. Thanks!

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  1. In Coronado, Burger Lounge is great for kids. Clayton's also welcomes kids and families- the food is ok, too. Just ok. But not bad- I eat there for breakfast fairly often.

    "Authentic" mexican is a quagmire into which I won't step, but Miguels is tasty and kid friendly.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Thank You! Will check out those places. The Burger Lounge looks cute on their website.
      Anywhere near Zoo, Sea World or Downtown to get great Mexican food in a kid friendly environment? Coming from NJ, we have great Italian food everywhere but great Mexican is not that easy to find, so would like to experience great Mexican food while in SD

      1. re: jicarv

        Mama Testa is on University not far from the zoo and has excellent tacos and salsa. We went with a 16 month old and 2.5 year old a couple of months ago and had a great time.

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

        1. re: jicarv

          Well, SeaWorld has GOOD ribs. I'll grant you, most of their food is completely and utterly predictable. But they have two specific place- the Shipwreck Cafe(?) and the Smokehouse Something-or-other that serve real ribs- smoke ring and everything. There are better ribs, mine included, but for destination food, they are very good.

          Zoo, MamaTesta's draws deservedly rave reviews. I like places like MT, The Mariscos German Taco Truck, 4Milpas, etc, but I never take MrTen there- he simply won't eat their offerings, and it's not worth the hassle trying to feed a blood-sugar deprived child unfamiliar food.

          I suspect I'm not alone- it depends on the child.

          One of my favorite kid-friendly "Mexican" food places is La Pinata in Old Town. It is between Downtown and SeaWorld and might fit your plans. Also nearby is Tio Leos, anothe "mexican" place that I'd not hesitate to take kids and grandmas.

          I can already feel the heat of the flames from my fellow 'hounds on these suggestions, but I suspect it's what you're seeking. What they lack in authenticity (and they do!) they make up for in accessibility.

          Mariscos German
          3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

          La Pinata
          2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110

      2. In general, I like brewpubs for kids as they tend to be casual and relatively loud (so your own kids noise doesn't rise above the din). In Coronado there is the Coronado Brewing Company near the ferry terminal. They have a very good menu for a brewpub (i.e. not all greasy pub fare) and a kids menu, though many of the adult menu items are kid friendly as well. Lots of TVs showing sports if that's of interest to you. Best of all you can get "authentic" San Diego beer! ;)

        1. If you're kids are picky, at virtually any Mexican place in SD you can order a plain cheese quesadilla which might be something they will eat.

          1. Candelas at the Ferry Landing is probably your best bet for Mexican on Coronado. They have good food for the adults and you can get cheese, chicken or beef quesadillas for the kids if there is nothing else they like.

            Up not too far from the Zoo in Hillcrest is Huapangos and also Ortega's for Puerto Nuevo style Mexican food.


            Tent City Restaurant is a nice place for any meal,

            Sheerwater in the Hotel del Coronado is a great relaxing place and very kid friendly. They have a good kids menu.

            Good seafood without going too far you might look at McCormick & Schmick's in the Gaslamp. It is fresh and I think M&S is at their best when you have the fish just grilled or cedar planked.

            A very low key seafood place not too far from Sea World is Blue Water Seafood & Grill.


            Point Loma Seafood is another very low key place that might work, but they close at 7PM and they are a counter service restaurant.


            La Pinata is an okay Mexican place in Old Town, no better or worse than 4 or 5 others. We like Cafe Coyote and Casa Guadalajara as well and even Rockin' Baja Lobster sometimes, it is heavy on the seafood.

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

            Rockin' Baja Lobster
            3890 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110

            Tent City
            1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

            1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

            Casa Guadalajara
            4105 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

            La Pinata
            2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110

            Blue Water Seafood
            3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

            Cafe Coyote
            2461 San Diego Ave Ste 200, San Diego, CA 92110

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            1. re: scottca075

              I saw Blue Water on the food network and already had it on my list. Thanks!

              1. re: jicarv

                That's sort of the down side of Blue Water - it's still a lot more busy due to that Food Network spot.

            2. I f you want a more local flavor, head to the South Park/North Park neighborhoods. In SP, Alchemy is great. My kids love their street tapas and the burger. The Station is a burger bar with a play area for kids. In NP, both Urban Solace and The Linkery have kids menus as well.

              3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

              Urban Solace Restaurant
              3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

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              1. re: diningwithkids

                How far is Alchemy from downtown (Hyatt)?