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san diego / la jolla with kids?

lettuce Feb 15, 2012 12:36 PM

we will be in san diego this weekend - staying in la jolla.
would love some recommendations for dinner - we have 2 kids (18 months and 4), and are looking for casual, family friendly places with great food.
would love recs for taquerias, pizza, burgers, etc.. (no seafood!).
any recs greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!

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    melee RE: lettuce Feb 16, 2012 05:37 PM

    If you're just coming for the weekend you probably don't want to spend too much time in the car with the little ones. In La Jolla I'd try:
    Coffee Cup for breakfast
    Sandwiches for lunch from Cheese Shop in LJ Shores (and there's a great park nearby)
    Bahia Don Bravo in Bird Rock for quick/casual Mexican
    Piatti for lunch/dinner (they have a beautiful patio)
    Have fun!

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      daantaat RE: melee Feb 16, 2012 08:10 PM

      +! on Coffee Cup and Piatti's.

    2. bizzwriter RE: lettuce Feb 16, 2012 05:56 PM

      I highly recommend The Spot which is located on Prospect in the Village. VERY family friendly with something on the menu for EVERYONE. It's been the go-to place for my family of five for years.



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        Beach Chick RE: bizzwriter Feb 16, 2012 08:29 PM

        The Spot is still around...always enjoyed that place when Jerry owned it..
        I ran into Jerry years ago in Cabo and he was celebrating the sale of his restaurant..
        Wonder if he's still in LJ..nice guy.
        Spot made one of the best Cobb salads.

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          foodiechick RE: Beach Chick Feb 16, 2012 08:48 PM

          BC - Sorry to say that Jerry left us a few years ago. Quite the character!

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            Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Feb 17, 2012 06:51 AM

            Sorry to hear that...he was quite the character...last I saw of him we were all dancing and drinking marg's to the mariachi's..
            Thanks foodiechica..

      2. Beach Chick RE: lettuce Feb 16, 2012 05:56 PM

        Sammy's Pizza
        La Jolla Shores restaurant

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          melee RE: Beach Chick Feb 17, 2012 09:21 AM

          Sammy's is another great suggestion. They have nice salads for the parents and good pizza/pasta options for the little ones. My kids love their desserts too: they have a great messay sunday and also serve a huge plate of cotton candy which is really fun. You might want to try that earlier in the day when they can work off some of that sugar!

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            cstr RE: melee Feb 17, 2012 09:43 AM

            IMO, Sammy's is some of the worst pizza in SD, rubbery crust and charcoal bits on the bottom that make it taste bitter.

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          cstr RE: lettuce Feb 16, 2012 06:13 PM

          Harry's on Girard is, a good old school spot for breakfast and your kids will be right at home with many others. Many good burger places, Burger Lounge, Smash Burger, Bare Back to name a few. Try Don Bravo for fish tacos and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for a good cup of Joe. LJ also has a Cold Stone Creamery as well.

          1. Rodzilla RE: lettuce Feb 16, 2012 10:32 PM

            Hmm, an 18 month and a 4 month old - anywhere I'm not going to be!
            California Pizza Kitchen (you can do take out)

            Okay, all kidding aside I think you're pretty limited with the little ones and the no seafood. Prepkitchen does a carry out dinner that you could bring back to your hotel, then maybe go out for some Froyo after?

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              cstr RE: Rodzilla Feb 17, 2012 09:02 AM

              Com'on 'zilla, these folks shouldn't be sequestered to their hotel room. Back where they live, with really young kids, they probably don't get a chance to get out much. Why come to SD to stay in a 12X12 box. Give some love and a couple of recs. As for pizza, SD is very weak, for a simple tomato old school pie, maybe Fillippi's in PB, would be bland enough for the kids.

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                honkman RE: cstr Feb 17, 2012 09:18 AM

                Why do you assume that kids need bland food ?

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                  cstr RE: honkman Feb 17, 2012 09:21 AM

                  I don't assume kids like bland 'food', just that most, but not all kids, live on plain noodles with butter or chicken nuggets or PB&J's. I find when it comes to 'za, for most kids, simpler is better. Either way, it's better than take out and staying in a room.

            2. Savour RE: lettuce Feb 17, 2012 09:16 AM

              We took our daughter to George's Ocean Terrace in La Jolla when she was just two (a relatively well-behaved two year old, but two nonetheless.) We ate on the early side, but I remember it being a good meal and working well for us. They do have seafood, but not exclusively.

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                lettuce RE: lettuce Feb 21, 2012 11:18 AM

                thanks to everyone for your suggestions!
                we ended up going to Bahia Don Bravo in Bird Rock on saturday night - great suggestion. average food, IMO, but a perfect atmosphere + location after a busy day with the kiddos.
                we also went to pizza port in solana beach - great beer, decent pizza and fun atmosphere.
                we'll be back there in a few months and will definately check out some of your other suggestions. so thanks for them!

                i was cracking up at the comments on us "not getting out much". we live in SF and go out plenty - both with and without the kids. while they are not the most adventurous eaters, they are also not the pickiest, and we like to expose them to new food and environments as much as we can, especially when we're away. so thanks for your suggestions!

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