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Feb 15, 2012 12:36 PM

san diego / la jolla with kids?

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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  1. 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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    1. 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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      1. re: bizzwriter

        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.

        1. re: Beach Chick

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

          1. re: foodiechick

            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. Alfonso's
        Sammy's Pizza
        La Jolla Shores restaurant

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          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!

          1. re: melee

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

        2. 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. 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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            1. re: Rodzilla

              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.

              1. re: cstr

                Why do you assume that kids need bland food ?

                1. re: honkman

                  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.