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Cheap Eats for Families in Downtown San Diego

Eating out at restaurants while on vacation is a given. Finding a restaurant that is also kid friendly, can present more of a challenge. Fortunately, the popular district of downtown San Diego has a wealth of restaurants serving various types of cuisine that diners of all ages will enjoy. The following restaurants are some of our favorite that are not only family friendly, but are easy on the wallet for those budget conscious travelers.

Burger Lounge

Photo Source: burgerlounge.comWho doesn’t love a good burger? Burger Lounge in downtown San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy) puts a whole new spin on the classic burger. Offering grass fed beef burgers as their main staple, this restaurant also offers turkey, veggie, and albacore burgers, great options for those with dietary restrictions. With a variety of fresh produce and toppings available, you truly have the option to make a burger tailored to your taste buds! And if you can’t decide, select one of their specialty entrees. Kids on the other hand will love the kids menu featuring plain burgers and chicken tenders which are served with French fries.

Crab Hut

Photo Source: crabhutsd.comMany travelers are deterred by the cost of the upscale seafood restaurants in downtown. Fortunately, Crab Hut offers a variety of seafood dishes with Southern Creole flair including crawfish, shrimp and blue crab at reasonable prices. Families can get a “bucket of seafood” to share, in the price range they are most comfortable with. Before you go, know that Crab Hut diners are encouraged to put on a bib and dig in, cracking open their treats with their bare hands! Something kids always find tons of fun. For kids, Crab Hut does serve a chicken pasta which can be made without the spicy Creole seasoning.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

Filippis Pizza Grotto Little ItalyLocated in the Little Italy district of San Diego, Filippi’s is one of the most popular family friendly restaurants in the city! Family owned, the staff at Filippi’s welcomes you as if you were their own and serves up classic pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. Order a whole pizza pie from their menu of specialty creations or make your own to cater to picky diners. There are also family style options and combination platters to share amongst all of the members in your family. Not hungry for an entire sit-down meal? Filippi’s is also a small market in the back where you can order Italian style deli sandwiches and dine in or take them to go!

The Mission

Photo Source: themissionsd.comWhile there are plenty of affordable and quaint cafes scattered throughout the city, for a hearty breakfast or lunch, head to The Mission in East Village. Diners rave about their pancakes and French toast, as well as the Mission favorite, the apple sausage and eggs. With a bit of influence from south of the border, you can also expect to see a few Mexican breakfast items including breakfast burritos with chorizo as well as chilaquiles and quesadillas, tamales and nachos for lunch. The family friendly atmosphere welcomes visitors and with most dishes available for less than $10, you truly can’t go wrong!

Looking for a Family Friendly Place to Stay?

If you are in search of family friendly and affordable downtown San Diego accommodations, you can’t go wrong with a stay at the affordable Pacific Inn. Located steps from Little Italy and the harbor, our guests have easy access to some of San Diego’s top restaurants. We also offer year round discounts and hotel deals so you don’t have to spend your entire vacation budget on your accommodations. To learn more about our discount pricing, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and see how much you can save!

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