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Dining Options in Long Beach/Tofino/Ucuelet with children

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Thinking of a quick trip to the Wet Coast with the little one. We'll have a kitchen but will likely eat dinners and a few lunches out. Haven't eaten out in the area in ages so any suggestions of restaurants would be great. Our 3 year old is well-behaved but "fine dining" a la The Pointe would probably be a bit too much to expect him to handle.
Also, where would be the best place to buy a few groceries (milk, sandwich fixings, snacks)

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  1. In Ukee The Floathouse and Ukee Dogs.

    1. Island girl:

      SoBo immediately springs to mind. Decent food, friendly relaxed service and atmosphere. Definitely family friendly especially in the afternoons when a lot of the local moms are eating and chatting accompanied by their children.

      You mentioned the Pointe. Agree that dinner is probably out...besides at this time of year you will not have the great ocean and Chesterman Beach views unless you are eating as early as possible. However, they are more relaxed at lunch and children were there when we lunched two or three times in October.

      We bought most of our provisions at the Co-Op in Tofino. The renovations and expansions over the years have meant that you can get just about anything there now. Cold cuts, cheeses and salad fix in's can also be purchased at Beaches out on the highway close to the turnoff to Lynn Rd and the Wick or in town at Breakers.

      Enjoy your visit.

      One time we will have to get out there at this time of year.

      1. We Love Tofino! This thread was very helpful to us when we went with our kids (older than yours tho'). I think Shelter might work on a weeknight. Maybe a little crazy on the weekend.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731046

        1. Sobo is great but now closed until February. Don't miss Wildside Grill at the Live to Surf Plaza. BEST food! Open year round. Honestly, everything we have tried was fantastic. Google it to find their web site.

          1. Thanks for the feedback. Has anyone eaten at the Long Beach Lodge Resort restaurant?

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            1. re: islandgirl

              islandgirl:

              I have in the past from just about, if not the actual, the year they opened. Lisa and her husband of SOBO were part of management in the early days and that is where I had my first "Killer" fish taco.

              In years gone by...although not this last visit in October...we would usually pop in for at least one lunch. The Great Room within the Lodge affords a beautiful view of Cox Bay and the rolling surf there differs from that which one sees from Chesterman Beach where we stay. Always pleasant but not outstanding and they seem to have quite the staff turnover.

              Another option when you want an ocean view so SoBo and Shelter are out, you do not want to splash out $ at the Wick and the weather drives you inside from the Wildside Grill.

              Look forward to reading your post when you finish your visit

              Just lunches there us as with the Black Rock in Ucluelet.