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Dec 19, 2011 06:52 PM

First time traveler to san diego in need of help

Hello all-
I am travelling to SD with my kids (who actually appreciate good real food, not just chicken nuggets and pizza like most kids), grandparents, cousins etc. We will do the usual legloand, sea world and Zoo and do some general exploring. I would love suggestions for restaurants around those areas, in downtown and old town, and mission bay. we're staying at the mission bay hyatt. happy holidays to all!

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  1. These are fairly common requests. Using the search tool is probably best.

    1. Just a quick note to griller88, Legoland is about 25 miles north of your hotel in SD in the "North County". There is a world of difference in eating establishments. San Diego city is very widespread, north to south with many different "communities", which makes for a diverse culinary experience. If you can refine what you are looking for a bit more, you might get more specific recommendations. Enjoy your stay in "America's Finest City".

      1. As long as you have a car, you'll have plenty of options. What types of cuisine are you looking for, budget etc. Up in Carlsbad Village is Fish House Vera Cruz. Here's a CH thread for that area.

        1. I would suggest heading over to North Park area on Adams between the 15 and the 805 for some pretty good options, including Blind Lady Ale House and The Ritual Tavern. Bankers Hill area also has a more expensive selection such as Cucina Urbana and Banker's Hill Bar and Restaurant. Do make reservations though because these places fills up really quickly. For Mexican food experience I would try El Cuervo in Hillcrest. I also love this little shack of a taco shop in Point Loma called "Taco Fiesta" but that's more of a midnight junk food snack.

          Taco Fiesta
          4111 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

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

          El Cuervo Taco Shop
          110 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

          Ritual Tavern
          4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

          CUCINA urbana
          505 Laurel Street, San Diego, CA 92101

          Banker's Hill Bar and Grill
          2202-2222 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

          1. I'll bet the rooms at the Hyatt have a fridge and microwave. If so, maybe you should go to Point Loma Seafood and get some smoked fish, soup, bread and may some cracked crab or something so you have something to eat in your room. Or maybe one of the fun farmers markets (Ocean Beach on Wed afternoon or India Street on Sat morning).

            I don't know how old your kids are, but I've spent a lot of time talking to visitors at one of the local resort hotels (boat in their marina) and a lot of people say that after a couple of days of theme parks their kids just melt down and they end up eating at a drive-thru on the way back to the hotel. It pays to have something decent to eat in your room...

            I've sure there are others who can chime in with suggestion for good food that will hold for a couple of days in your room fridge.