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Jul 16, 2012 09:04 AM

Staying near the Gaslamp with Kids

Hi Everyone,

We are visiting San Diego for three nights next month. Staying at the Solamar and looking for dinner places within walking distance. Boys are 11 and 13. Older one is a foodie (like my wife and I), younger one is strictly buffalo wings and/or mac & cheese. Looking to make everyone happy if that's doable. Suggestions?

Thanks much

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  1. JSix (in your hotel), Cafe Chloe - both if you don't have a car. If you have one there are many interesting options on 30th, e.g. Urban Solace

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    1. re: honkman

      +2 on Cafe Chloe. Searsucker is another good choice. For Brunch, you can try Cheese Shop and Cafe 21. Could also check out Cremolose for desserts or dinner.

    2. If I had two boys as described in tow, I'd take the family for Lunch one day up to Hodad's for burgers. Very beachy, uniquely San Diego spot which is the downtown outpost of the famous original in Ocean Beach, but less crowded. Just a 5-7 minute walk from your hotel.

      Agree with Jsix in your hotel. Wouldn't take the boys to Searsucker.

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      1. re: mcgrath

        I dunno, if I were a kid (or even an adult) the sucker bar at Searsucker would definitely make me behave.

      2. Jsix at the Hotel Solamar is one of the best restaurants in the Gaslamp and SD.
        Basic for some fab pizza
        Cowboy Star
        Cafe Chloe
        Mary Jane's at the Hard Rock for breakfast or Cafe 222
        Fish Market Downtown oyster bar or sushi bar...great bayfront patio for drinks and apps
        Lolitas taco shop next to Petco for carne asada burrito or rolled tacos fix.
        McCormicks and Schmicks at the Omni for happy welcome
        Searsucker for brunch
        Bali Hai Shelter Island that is a 10 minute cab ride...sublime strong mai tais with great views
        Tender Greens in Liberty Station behind SD Airport
        Drinks at the Top of the Hyatt at Grand Manchester

        Take the water taxi over from Gaslamp to Coronado...dine at Candelas..IL Fornaio..Coronado Brewery.

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Yes, Basic Pizza is a very short walk and the whole family would like it.

        2. This is great, everyone. Thank you all for the detailed info. Can't wait to go!