Local Restaurants In San Diego

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I love food.  I love food, even more, when I don’t have to make it!  And while I was in San Diego I was able to experience some of the most amazing restaurants.  One of my favorite restaurants that I had the pleasure of dining at was Bayside Kitchen + Bar.

Bayside Kitchen + Bar is located inside the Homewood Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayside

This is NOT your average hotel restaurant.

The atmosphere of Bayside Kitchen + Bar continues the cool vibe of the hotel.  It’s modern but comfortable.  

I am a sucker for a good cocktail and the Rose all day did not disappoint!  Thankfully, because I was staying in the hotel I was able to partake in breakfast and a couple happy hours at Bayside Kitchen + Bar.  

I would HIGHLY recommend the french toast and the pancakes for breakfast – so delicious.  You don’t have to be a child to order chocolate chip pancakes, which made me very happy! And if you are planning to do a happy hour try the Kung Pao Cauliflower.  

As much as I wanted to stay at the hotel and never leave – I was able to check out a few more local restaurants in San Diego.

Panama 66

While I toured several museums at Balboa Park I had lunch at Panama 66. This restaurant is located in the Sculpture Court at The San Diego Museum of Art. I couldn’t pass up the truffle fries and neither should you! 

What I loved about Panama 66, aside from the Burratta salad, was that because it was located inside the sculpture park you could actually make a picnic out of your lunch.  It’s a fantastic place to bring your children and enjoy lunch.  The best part is the sculpture park is gated so you can relax, well as much as any parent truly relaxes.

Cafe Coyote

When in San Diego you must go to Cafe Coyote!  Located in Old Town San Diego this is so much more than a restaurant it is truly an experience. While I was dining, our group was serenaded with the Coco song and it was delightful.  The atmosphere and the authentic decor transports you to a different time.

Definitely order the guac and queso, especially if you like a little heat.  And if you are into Margaritas, Cafe Coyote is the place to be! 

A family-friendly restaurant for sure – it is a must-stop when visiting Old Town.

While you and your family explore the different museums during Museum Month, be sure to check out the local restaurants!

For our entire guide to San Diego Museum Month click here!

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A native of Iowa, Maria moved to Los Angeles ten years ago. It's there that she met and married her husband, Brian. Maria has 2 boys who make her world go round and round and round and round... She also is a co-host on a hilarious podcast - They See Me Mommin'. When she isn't doing all things "mom" Maria enjoys reading, writing, baking, eating andLAUGHING!