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26 January 2010 @ 11:39 pm
San Diego Help?  
Anyone out there know San Diego? BB and I are going there with the earthling, and we've just realized we may be in big trouble in terms of feeding the earthling. (The first time we were there, I was in the first trimester of pregnancy and we spent half the time searching for food, because there did not appear to be any in San Diego - seriously, people down south, do you just not eat out at all? - and going somewhere with a woman in early pregnancy means you need a LOT of food. Best Beloved had no idea how much I was eating until that trip, and I remember the first morning she watched, horrified, as I ate my entire breakfast, and half of hers, and then two food bars. She told me later that she was genuinely afraid that I might eat her arm next, which was probably a good thing, as she was very diligent about the food search thereafter.)

Anyway. If you know San Diego, I would appreciate recs for:
  1. Kid-friendly, vegetarian-friendly places to eat. If they serve earthling-friendly food, that's a plus, but we can work his issues in most restaurants because he's distracted by everything going on around him. (Provided we do not ask him to eat hot dogs. Hot dogs are Just Wrong.)

  2. Kid-friendly places with very fast service. (Mongolian BBQs! Places where you order at a counter! Salad bars! Whatever! Sadly, the earthling will not eat at true fast food places, like McDonald's or Burger King. He judges them.)

  3. Grocery stores that are not Albertson's or Ralph's, where the parent of an earthling could purchase organic produce and all-natural snacks said earthling might actually eat.
We will be staying near Sea World, but are willing to drive to places if they serve food there.
 
 
 
je suis marxiste, tendance Groucho: sg1 daniel teddy bearshinealightonme on January 27th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
Is Trader Joes acceptable for a grocery store? There should be one not too distant from where abouts you are staying.

ETA: Also, there's a Keils in around there somewhere, though I'm not sure that's so much better/different than Albertson's/Ralph's.

Edited at 2010-01-27 08:30 am (UTC)
suchthefangirlsuchthefangirl on January 27th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Check out Horton Plaza. There's a food court there that has a Mongolian BBQ and a Panda and a sushi place. There used to be a grocery store there as well, but that might be gone.

Admittedly, my knowledge of SD comes from going to ComicCon once a year, and things come and go, but I know my kids can manage to find food there, and I have one vegetarian and one vegan.

Good luck, and have fun.
sciwitch: bookssciwitch on January 27th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
I was just there a few weeks for a trade show. If you are looking for places to eat out, check out The Gaslamp Quarter - It's eight blocks long (from Broadway to Harbor Drive) and two blocks wide (from Fourth to Sixth Avenues). It's got over 150 restaurants and, what made me whoop out loud, the Chuck Jones museum, where you will both squee and be horribly depressed that you have yet to win the lottery (lots of signed cells for sale).
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starfishchick on January 27th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
We liked Henry's when we were in San Diego: http://www.henrysmarkets.com/h/home/

The one we found was closer to the downtown than Sea World but there might be another one, and not too TOO far from Sea World anyway.

And there is definitely a Trader Joe's not too far from the Henry's.

And I agree that there are a bazillion restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter. Don't know how many of them are child-friendly, since we did not have a child with us when we were there.
The sanest lunatic you've ever metsdwolfpup on January 27th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I was born and raised in San Diego, actually, and lived there the first 25+ years of my life. Somehow I knew this would come in handy some day! Hee. I've got lots of answers for you here, but if you want even more info, feel free to email me (sdwolfpup@gmail.com). Also if you need any assistance or anything while you're down there, I can probably talk some people (either my or AHH's parents/grandparents, as they are all also down there) into helping.

And, yeah, while San Diego is a large, spread-out county with lots of people, it is still really rustic. Seattle feels way more cosmopolitan than San Diego ever did. They've been working on getting SD into more presentable shape (downtown renovations, the area around Petco Park, etc), but it's still not great.

1. Kid-friendly sit-down restaurants, you'll probably want to stick to the chains: Applebees, Cocos, Mothers. These you'll find at or near the big shopping centers: Horton Plaza downtown, Fashion Valley where the 8 and the 163 meet or Mission Valley which is where the 8 and the 15 meet, if I'm remembering correctly. Like the others have said, the Gaslamp quarter is great for food, that's one of the places they've been working on. There's an Old Spaghetti Factory there and a ton of other choices, and it's not too far from you.

Your best bet for true vegetarian, though, is to stick to sites west of the 5. Del Mar, which is north up the 5, is always good for healthy options. Ooh, and La Jolla! IN FACT, there is a great vegetarian only restaurant there...crap, what's it called...let me get that and get back to you. It's perfect AND it's near a Henrys.

2. Like others have said, the big shopping malls have food courts that should meet your needs for fast and kid-friendly. Horton Plaza is really nice, and outdoors.

3. Henry's is probably your best bet. There's also a Whole Foods in Del Mar, I believe. There's also this great Co-Op we used to go to, as well, which you guys would love. I'll get the address for that, too.
Stasiastasia on January 27th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
*cracks up*

One of the things I remember very well from pregnancy and breastfeeding was being hungry. HUNGRY. My friends all joked that they took turns risking sitting next to me, because I very well might eat their arms.

*grin*

I hope you guys have a good trip.

Stasia
winter_elfwinter_elf on January 27th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Huh. I would actually NOT suggest the Gaslamp quarter. It's "party zone" if you get my meaning. A lot of bars, upscale clubs, expensive restaurants and yuppies. The only good thing there is The Old Spaghetti Factory.

When are you coming? I'll do research tonight. I know of a Trader Joes and Wholefoods in Hillcrest (near my work). there might be ones closer to your area. Wholefoods has a deli/salad/hot food section that my co-worker eats at all the time.
All the letters I can write: I am thirty-two flavors and then somewendelah1 on January 27th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
I would try Vegan Zone in Pacific Beach, but call first to make sure they're open. Word is they are closing the end of February, and they might close sooner. Their website is already down. I'm depressed now.

Pacific Beach is the only place I've visited regularly in San Diego, except once I attended a conference in La Jolla. But that was so long ago, I can't remember much about it.

Vegan Zone
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
859 Hornblend St
(between Bayard St & Mission Blvd)
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-1913
winter_elfwinter_elf on January 27th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Do you like Italian?

Little Italy (south of Sea World, not quite to downtown)
http://www.littleitalysd.com/WalkingMap.asp

Lots and lots and LOTS of Italian restaurants. Just park somewhere on India street and walk till one appeals. I've eaten at like 5 or 6 of them - every thing to family dining to upscale and posh. There was one I remember that had counter/fast service with lots of deli case ready salads/pasta's/sandwiches etc.
they all call her alaska.furies on January 29th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
i don't know how close to la jolla you will be staying, but my cousin lives there with his wife and two kids, and he's a vegetarian, and she used to be vegan, so if that's within your driving range, i'd be happy to shoot them an e-mail. :)
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starfishchick on February 1st, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
That's the Henry's I was thinking of - it was great! I had never seen anything like it before!
(Anonymous) on January 30th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
food in SD
If you'll be in Ocean Beach, I highly recommend the People's Food Coop. You can shop there, and the pricing is pretty reasonable for organic produce, much of it grown locally.

They also have an awesome vegan deli upstairs. It's fast (you point and they dish it up for you), and very tasty. We're not even vegan and my kids are the pickiest on Earth, yet they LOVE to go there.

Plus the architecture is kind of cool - very green.
(Anonymous) on January 30th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Re: food in SD
Oops, I meant to post the link!

http://www.obpeoplesfood.coop/

The street address is 4765 Voltaire St, SD 92107, and it's pretty darn close to Sea World.
lknomadlknomad on January 30th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
Re: food in SD
You can trust this comment. This is a friend of mine who I think you know....she is incognito...
(Anonymous) on January 30th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
SD Food
Try Jyoti B'hangas on Adams. I'm sure I've miss spelled that, but try Googling and you might get it. It's on Adams in the vicinity of 35th or so. Great Neatloaf and terrific mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy that most earthlings will eat.

Whole Foods has prepared foods and is on 7th and University. Try the Farmer's Market held from 9-12 on Sundays in the DMV parking lot on Normal Ave. in the Hillcrest area of SD. Sometimes they have live music that even the youngest kids/babies like.

You might consider the Big Kitchen on Grape St. near 30th. Very kid friendly, especially if Judy, the owner, is around. Whoopi Goldberg used to work there. Funky, fun and good brown rice, veggies and tofu for breakfast. It is a breakfast place for the most part.

Also consider Sipz restaurant in the Clairmont area. Nice vietnamese vegetarian. They have a noodle dish with tofu, hot pepper and mint I like.