new restaurant to take our hosts?
I'm looking for dinner rec's to take my sister, her husband and their two kids (6 and 8). My wife and I will be visiting for a week (from Vancouver) in December and we usually take them out for their hospitality. This year I would like to make the selection!
We're hoping to find something that is new to them. Kid friendly, casual and fun, good drinks and/or beer selection for the adults (all in our 30's).
We're all adventerous eaters and open to any style of food which I realize is fairly broad!
We used to frequent The Linkery when it was open, and a pizza place downtown that was good.
Are there any new restaurants that fit the bill.? We have transportation and don't mind travelling too far from our homebase in Ocean Beach.
It may not be sufficiently "upscale" to pay back a week of hospitality, but I would recommend California Kebab in Pacific Beach. Particularly during the daytime, the space is open and fun, kids are welcome, the beer selection is great, and the view off the patio is fantastic. This is likely more appropriate for lunch or an early dinner (catch the sunset!).
I have yet to try anything I haven't enjoyed, but it is by no means fine dining. There is validated underground parking (for 2h, I think), which makes it easy to find a space in an otherwise hard-to-park area.
Check out Lion's Share's menu and see if that might appeal to you. Just know they aren't open for lunch (damnit) and seating can sometimes be limited.
I've gone there with my two kids (then 6 and 8) and they liked their ginger ale, burgers and the deviled egg sampler; and viewed my kangaroo steak frites with a mixture of amusement, hunger and horror. The art on the walls is pretty wacky, too.
If that doesn't work, maybe the Great Maple (haven't been, but heard some nice things) or Currant?
Have you been to Sessions Public in OB (next to the Catalina Grill)?....The 3rd Corner is usually a safe choice in OB--while wine is their specialty they do have a decent selection of craft beer on tap....Jimmy's Famous American Tavern is always a safe bet as well in Shelter Island overlooking the marina....you might also wish to check out Stone Brewing at Liberty Station to see if they seat kids (I think they might--besides great beer and fairly close to home for you, they have huge grounds and "Game of Thrones" ambiance indoors that might keep the kids occupied/entertained while you enjoy your food and drink.
Parent in her 30s here ;) Waypoint Public (in the old Linkery space) is kid friendly with good beer--I've only tried their happy hour food but it was good. Also BLAH in Normal Heights--great pizza.
Stone in Point Loma, mentioned below, is also kid friendly and pretty good, maybe not great, food.
Great Maple is tough with little kids (crowded and loud), but good breakfast.
Bueno Forchetta is another great pizza place in South Park, they are always thrilled to see the kids (owned by Italians).
I'll also second Waypoint Public. Same location as the Linkery. The grilled octopus salad was excellent as well as the cassoulet. Excellent beer list. Loud enough that the kids won't be bothering anyone and towards the back is an actual kids area with blocks, books, and toys. Reservations on a weekend are heartily suggested.
The real deal. Generous with the duck confit, some lovely sausage and a nice helping of pork belly. The cassoulet beans were done perfectly with a nice toothsome feel but super creamy. Since the weather's gotten colder, been craving it again. Don't overlook the oyster po' boy tacos either. But the best dish was the charred octopus - super tender with a nice smoke.
Thanks for all the recs.
Waypoint public was the original plan. But having one sick kid and a few other friends joining us we ended up at Carnitas Snack Shack. Triple threat sandwich was great as was the steak sandwich. Perfect spot for kids and adults have a selection of a few good beer and wine options from the friendly vender in the back.
A few other places we got to:
Bo Beau - Brussels sprouts were ok. A bit too big for an appetizer if that's a real issue! Mussels and fries were quite good.
Super Cocina - awesome.
Oscars Mexican seafood - best surf and turf taco ever.
La Valencia hotel in La Jolla for a beer and patio break.
World Famous in PB for breakfast - crab cake Benny was good but everything else was standard. Nice location and view.
And we hit up a few places in OB for the occasional drink.
Wonderland - great view.
I may be missing something but in all we ate fairly well and had a good time as usual.