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Staying near the Gaslamp with Kids

684north Jul 16, 2012 09:04 AM

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. honkman RE: 684north Jul 16, 2012 12:56 PM

    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
      JadyS RE: honkman Jul 17, 2012 05:32 PM

      +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.


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      mcgrath RE: 684north Jul 19, 2012 07:38 AM

      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
        ipsedixit RE: mcgrath Jul 19, 2012 07:53 AM

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

      2. Beach Chick RE: 684north Jul 19, 2012 08:38 AM

        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 hour..kids 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
          mcgrath RE: Beach Chick Jul 19, 2012 11:57 AM

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

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          684north RE: 684north Jul 20, 2012 10:58 AM

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

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