Hello San Diego Hounds!
We are SF Bay Area Hounds heading to San Diego for the first time for a November getaway and would love feedback on potential eating itinerary. DH and I have been there once, but it was more than 10 years ago, before our kids were born. They are now 7 and 10 year old well-behaved kids who can eat unusual fare and quietly sit at nice "white tablecloth" restaurants. With that said, I'm not aiming to take them to Michelin star restaurants.
We regularly enjoy ethnic cuisines like Afghan, Burmese, Indian, Korean, Fijian, Lebanese, and Peruvian, as well as "standard" ethnic fare like Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, etc. as well as "Californian" or European-influenced fare. However, my 7 year old has peanut and fish allergies. Thus, we usually avoid any restaurant that regularly uses peanuts (e.g., Thai or Vietnamese) due to cross-contamination concerns even though I love those flavor profiles. I'm less concerned about restaurants that serve fish, so we regularly eat at sushi and seafood restaurants. I definitely want to try some of San Diego's seafood restaurants and the 7 year old loves crab, lobster, and other shellfish, so she still has some options besides fish.
My husband is also lactose-intolerant, but we find most chefs can accommodate this (though he often gets very sad substitutions when we do tasting menus at restaurants that rely heavily on cream/cheese).
MIL is joining us on this trip and is mostly vegan (she's on a food elimination diet due to health issues). However, she can have some seafood (like 1-2 meals over the weekend) and can tolerate meat-based broths (e.g., pork-based ramen broth).
Food is the priority for us when we travel as a family. I plan our vacations around the meals. Yet budget is not a concern so I'm happy to take my kids right at opening (like 5:30!) to "nice" restaurants or have lunch at places known for being "hipster hangouts" and not kid-friendly in vibe.
We also enjoy "destination" adventures like snacking at the Ferry Building in SF with oysters and clam chowder (plus grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids) from Hog Island, bread from Acme, more cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, charcuterie from Boccalone, etc.
My goals for this trip are to relax by the pool and enjoy some good food. Generally, when we vacation, we tend to prefer farm-to-table cuisine, seafood, or unusual ethnic fare we can't normally get. We also love cocktails! Please don't suggest Asian restaurants unless it's truly spectacular (we have plenty of amazing Asian food here and I'm really picky about my Chinese food, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants).
I'm assuming we will get a rental car since San Diego is so spread out.
My list so far, which needs to be whittled down as we only have 7 meals max (we plan to eat breakfast at the rental house):
- Juniper and Ivy
- Georges (probably Ocean Terrace since we have the kids)
- Enoteca Davanti
- Cucina Basilico
- Milles Fleurs
- Cafe Chloe
Thanks in advance for any insight or feedback you can share.