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New Year's Eve dinner with kids

Tom Armitage | Dec 23, 201010:38 AM

Okay, here’s my dilemma. My wife and I will be in San Diego from Tuesday, Dec.28 through Sunday, Jan. 2. As frequent visitors, we have our eating agenda pretty well mapped out. Okan on Tuesday night, Kaito Sushi on Wednesday night, and probably Café Chloe on Thursday night (more on that later), with a long list to pick from for daytime meals that includes Super Cocina, Tender Greens, Mariscos German, Las Brisas, Mariscos Godoy, Aqui es Texcoco, Mariscos El Pescador, Sang Dao, Sab-E-Lee, and Ba Ren. We’re always on the hunt for new places, so if you have any hot new spots, please let me know. So much good food, so little time!

On Friday, we will be joined by good friends and their three children, ages 10 and 8 (twins). Our flights back home leave prior to dinnertime on Sunday, so we only have two dinners with them – one on Friday, New Year’s Eve, and the other on Saturday, New Year’s Day. We have a reservation at Yakyudori Yakitori & Ramen on Saturday, so that leaves New Year’s Eve. I originally made a reservation at Café Chloe, but they called back to tell me that they would have to charge the full $65 price fixe for the three kids. The kids eat like birds, so paying $65 each for their meals isn’t going to work. I’ve checked a number of other restaurants that might be suitable for family dining with three small children, but they all also have price fixe menus for New Year’s Eve. Okan and Otan are closed. So, San Diego Hounds, I need your help. Can you suggest an appropriate place with good food for our group of four adults and three children for a New Year’s Eve dinner? Other than Chinese (our friends are Chinese and primarily eat Chinese food at home) and Mexican (which will be largely the type of food we will be eating at lunch with them), I’m open as to the type of food. It doesn’t need to be ethnic or exotic, just good. I’d like a place that is moderately priced, and with a nice ambience – not upscale, but also not too downscale. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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