San Diego With Kids: Family-Friendly Fun Food in San Diego

Food in San Diego

Food is one of the 3 main component in our travel – what to do, where to eat and where to stay. I think we have covered a lot of what to do in San Diego in the past few weeks.

But it’s so typical of us that we didn’t get to taste as many great places as we would love to. Spending a whole day in a park certainly cut our chances to taste out many family-friendly restaurants on our list.

Nevertheless, we were able to finish off a couple and would love to share with you.

Covette Diner – Family-Friendly Fun Food

On our first night, we made a plan to meet up with my lovely blogger friend, Coleen from Travel Mamas. Coleen is a San Diego resident so I trust her in guiding us to a great place to eat. And she didn’t disappoint.

We met up at the Covette Diner in Liberty Station. It’s their new location in a revitalize History Navy Training Center. The place is a giant fun house for kids and ahem.. adults too.

San Diego Restaurant - Covette Diner

As soon as you stepped in, you knew this is a place where kids can enjoy and adults don’t have to worry about melt down. The staffs are friendly and very well into the character of the 50s theme.

San Diego Restaurant - Covette Diner Dance

There was a dance break for all of us to enjoy and join in if you dare. :)

The food was also pretty good.. Ok.. I didn’t pay that much attention to the food to be honest because I was already full from the huge appetizer plate and milkshake.. Ah.. The milkshake is what they are famous for. You can order it so many ways that I think Starbucks will not want to compete with their combination. And if they don’t have it in the menu, you can even create your own creation!

San Diego Restaurant - Covette Diner Games

While you wait for the table, or the food or after the food, little ones can enjoy the arcade type area with fun games.

Overall, it was a great fun experience especially sharing with good friends. Thank you Colleen for the recommendation. This is definitely a great choice for family friendly restaurant in San Diego.

The In-N-Out Experience

San Diego Food - In N Out

In-N-Out Burger joint is the local fast food joint that I have heard so much about. Whenever I talk to my neighbor who moved from Southern CA, they always talk about how much they miss In-N-Out. So we just have to give it a try.

The place reminds me a little bit of Krystal burger but with more clients and better burger. We went there during dinner time and the place was packed.

The menu is very simple but we learned after the fact that there is a secret menu! Hmm.. Next time, we might have to try that out. The price is very affordable for everyone. But burger is burger. Don’t expect that this will be a healthy choice for the whole family.

San Diego Food - In N Out Burger

The burger itself is ok but I guess for the price it makes a better alternative than McD. The burger does taste better and seems with better ingredient than your typical fast food burger joint.

But don’t take my word for it. I’m not a big fan of any burger by nature. I still don’t get why the Varsity is so popular in Atlanta. It’s a good stop when you look for a quick meal that don’t break the bank. Another big plus is you don’t have to worry about if your kids will behave here. It’s a burger joint after all.
In-N-Out Burger on Urbanspoon

If you’re on the lookout for the best cuisine in this part of California, read San Diego restaurant reviews to get an idea where you can have it.

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  1. In-N-Out is my favorite restaurant from my time growing up in CA. Whenever we travel back there, that is the first place we look for when we get out of the airport!!

  2. It was so fun to meet up with your family in San Diego! I hope someday my family can fly out to Atlanta to meet up for another family-friendly meal. I’m glad you like Corvette Diner – it’s such a great place for kids. You said it perfectly, “this is a place where kids can enjoy and adults don’t have to worry about melt down.” So true!

  3. In-N-Out is definitely a So Cal neccessity when we go! And this other place looks like a blast. :-)

  4. I’ve heard so many people rave about In-N-Out too…never tried one though.

  5. If there is one thing I miss about living in California, it has to be In-N-out. Dadisodes and I had several late night burgers and shakes there :)

  6. Jen at 3BoysInSanDiego says:

    In-n-Out is yum! And much tastier than most “other” fast food joints. You can check out the secret menu at their web site; can even get a grilled cheese if your kids aren’t into burgers, or a carb-free option without a bun.

    Haven’t been to Corvette Diner in a while…sounds like it’s time for a return visit!

  7. Big fan of In-n-Out! I love their fries, especially when asked for well-done.
    Another really yummy restaurant in San Diego is Cafe 21 in University Heights. Tasty dishes with unique Azerbaiijan roots. I especially recommend their breakfasts.

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