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Family of 4 places to eat San Diago

We will be visiting San Diego for 3 days in late July Can anyone recommend places to eat (2 adults 2 children age 14 and 17)
preferred food American Mexican ,Italian ,Chinese

regards PLuto

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  1. Where are you staying and will you have a car

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    1. I think we need a link with drop-down menus for: where you're staying, what kind of food you're looking for, the nature of the dining occasion, and your bankroll size. Plus maybe another list with checkboxes to select your favorite CH blogger(s). Then, when you click on "submit", voila, up comes an instant list of restaurants! (Actually, this was supposed to be a response to foodiechick's comment, "Auto-reply".)

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      1. re: DoctorChow

        A huge thank you for you post We will be staying at Hotel: Hilton San Diego Resort for three days room only ad need ideas for breakfast lunch and dinner
        Names of good bakeries would also be useful
        The style of food we enjoy is American ,Italian and Mexican

        price range up to mid range

      2. Doesn't matter where you're are staying or whether you have a car, cross off Chinese.

        And, if you don't have a car, get one. One should not be visiting SD without a car. SD is not Manhattan, SF or even DC when it comes to public transit, and inter (or intra) neighborhood walkability.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          It's very sad, but you're right, ipse...on both points.

          1. re: DoctorChow

            I don't think there's anything sad about it.

            Every city is unique and has its own quirks and idiosyncratic characteristics. SD has the beach, NYC has the subway, SF has the fog, and DC ... well, DC has a bunch of politicos!

            Plus, no city is stellar in every cuisine, and it is not possible for every city to be walkable, or navigated via public transportation. Think LA, DFW, or Phoenix.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yeah, I guess you're right. I'll wipe the tears and pour another glass of wine...

        2. You have to hit up a Marisco's Truck for Baja style fish tacos, I'd recommend the Marisco's El Pescador truck off the 5 south in the Toys R Us parking lot. Then walk across the parking lot for a spicey pork Torta and that truck.

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          1. Assuming you have a vehicle, I would suggest Tacos El Panson, El Borrego, and Super Cocina for Mexican food. All three are located in City Heights.

            Tacos El Panson- 4433 El Cajon Boulevard. Good quality, standard Mexican fare. They make corn tortillas to order.

            El Borrego- 4280 El Cajon Boulevard. Wonderful barbacoa. They make their agua frescas, sauces, and marinades from scratch.

            Super Cocina- 3627 University Avenue. This is the kind of food you would get in a Mexican household if you were visiting for supper.

            1. For American? hmmmm....The first place that comes to mind is Jayne's Gastropub, located at 4677 30th Street.

              1. OK, well, I guess for mid-priced Chinese, you could try Spicy City on Convoy. Don't be put off by the name. Their "spicy" food isn't that spicy, not really. But if you like your Chinese good and tame, just ask and I'm sure they'll accommodate. (P.S. Try to ignore the disgusting street name, and try to ignore the endless sameness of busy strip-malls along the street. Convoy -- north and south of Balboa -- has long since turned into one of the primier enclaves of Asian food in our fair City.)

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                1. re: DoctorChow

                  I think for mid-priced Chinese the best bet(s) in San Diego is either Liang's or Dumpling Inn.

                2. San Diego is noted for its burgers, which also happens to be the SD CH "dish of the month" as well this month, so I'd say for "American" you might want to try at least one SD burger somewhere while you're here. I haven't been (not yet, but will before the end of July) but it sounds like Slaters 50/50 in Liberty Station, which has a "design your own" option for burgers, might be a good mid-priced place for your family. Liberty Station is worth seeing anyway, as it's very unique. Another place you might like (location is really neat, and your kids might like it) is Jeff's, which is in La Jolla Shores, which has a nifty little food area adjoining the beach. Been there. Inexpensive but decent burgers. Both places are mentioned on this thread:

                  1. You're staying in a very nice place, by the way! And very central. The places mentioned on this thread so far are no more than an easy drive 15 minutes away from where you'll be, except maybe LJ Shores, which will take a little longer, but not much, and is worth going even if you don't eat there. I hope you have a great time!

                    1. I've been scratching my head about a mid-level or inexpensive-but-nice breakfast place for you. Well, if you don't mind the drive, which really isn't that bad (about 20 minutes from your hotel, max), I think you'd like the Big Kitchen in South Park (which is actually east of Balboa Park, not south of it). Many people also like the Broken Yolk in PB, one of a regional chain but a lot closer. Both are good, but I'd choose Big Kitchen for what I think you have in mind. Nice down-home SD atmosphere and filling, tasty breakfasts. Something for everyone.

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                      1. re: DoctorChow

                        Hey DC, the Big Kitchen's coffee is nothing short of awful. Also, for the OP, it's cash only. Their blueberry pancake is very good considering it's the size of a car tire! I think Broken Yolk serves a good breakfast, the place is clean and staff very friendly. Plus, it would be a good place to fill up hungry teenagers.

                      2. Your hotel is in Mission Bay and a great resort.

                        Breakfast close by:

                        Perry's in Old Town
                        Ricky's Coffee Shop in Mission Valley...fab apple pancakes
                        Kono's in Pacific Beach..cheap and across from pier.
                        Broken Yolk in PB
                        Harry's Coffee Shop in La Jolla

                        George's at the Cove in La Jolla..upstairs at ocean terrace
                        Alfonso's in LJ
                        Piatti's in LJ Shores on patio.
                        Dumpling Inn on Convoy for great pan fried dumplings
                        Prado in Balboa Park..next to the SD Zoo

                        BayPark Fish Company..great fish tacos across from your hotel
                        JV's Taco Shop..close to your hotel..great taco shop!
                        Sushi Ota for sushi in Mission Bay/PB
                        Brigantine...everyday happy hour..kids welcome..best fish tacos!
                        Baci's for Italian..across the highway from your hotel
                        In and Out in PB...popular fast food for best double double hamburger..

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                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          You always have these great lists...well done.

                        2. Azucar in Ocean Beach is Cuban bakery with great coffee, pastries, Cuban goodies

                          I like The Mission in Mission Beach or Coffee Cup in La Jolla for breakfast

                          Liberty Station in Point Loma has lots of good lunch options, especially Tender Greens and Con Pane (who also have delicious cinnamon rolls - closed Wed).

                          Some places to sample our local craft beer that are kid-friendly and have good food include Pizza Port, Stone Brewery and Blind Lady Ale House.

                          Hope you have a great time!

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                          1. re: melee

                            A huge thank you to everyone for your ideas and suggestions
                            We will be travelling out from the United Kingdom mid July Our holiday commences in Santa Monica then Pismo beech , Monterrey ( one night each ) Three days in San Francisco ,One night Yosemite , one night Mammoth lakes, three Nights Las Vagas ,one night grand Canyon then three nights San Diego
                            The suggestions you have made I hope and believe should make a very special holiday truly memorable
                            We have done this trip once before 18 years ago the year before we started trying for a family I am now 55 , my wife ... ( never reveal a ladies age) and our children are 17 and 14
                            Again a truly huge thank you

                            regards Pluto