You are here because you are in San Diego and want good drink and good food so read on...

 San Diego, in the last 5-10 years has provided the hungry and thirsty with some pretty satisfying meals.  My favorite picks right now and are in the the areas of Kensington, Normal Heights, Hillcrest, North Park and South Park.  These restaurants are on this page because they fill my requirements...
  1.  Food is awesome
  2. Drinks and/or beer are just as awesome as the food
  3. Atmosphere is unique or fun or interesting or inviting or all of these
  4.  Not a chain or tourist place and not pretentious
  5. I can be welcomed with a baby/toddler/kid, but kid not required
 Hope you will try one and tell me what YOU think.

Bleu Boheme (French, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner)$$$ - I love this restaurant because of their mussels and frits along with large selection of French wine.  I have tried a good portion of the menu items and have not yet been disappointed. I have also tried the brunch... also scrumptious. I usually sit outside in the front patio and choose a table on the end to corral my daughter and tie the dog to the railing (they put out a bowl of water for your dog).  You are in San Diego, but you can dream you are somewhere in Europe.

4090 Adams Avenue,
 San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 255-4167
Thrifty, nifty deals:
  • Tuesdays all night, they have a prefixed 3 course menu for $24.95. This is also available Wednesday-Monday during happy hour 5-6p.
  • Happy hour at the bar only from 5-6p daily.  $6 small plates and 50% off select drinks.                      
Bleu Boheme on Urbanspoon

El Comal (Authentic Mexican, breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner)$$ - I love this restaurant because here I can get REAL homemade Mexican food,  a choice of Mexican beers, and a REAL margarita. The tortillas are made fresh to order and the albondigas soup is so satisfying. If you have ever been to Mexico, many of the restaurants use what they have for the decor, and that is what it feels like here, like you are in Mexico, authentic.

3946 Illinois Street
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 294-8292
Thrifty, nifty deals: 
  • Weekly Drink Specials . $3 Beers . $4 Well
  • Happy Hour Monday-Wednesday 5p-7p, Thursday- Friday 3-6p

El Comal Bar and Grill on Urbanspoon

Cantina Mayahuel (Authentic Mexican, appetizers, dinner)$ to $$- I love this place because of the chips and guacamole, fish tacos, mole, and of course the tequila and margaritas. Here you feel like you walked into a cantina somewhere in old Mexico. It's not exactly kid friendly, since they don't have high chairs or crayons, but if you sit outside on the patio with a stroller for the little one or just a chair, it will do and the staff if fine with that.

2934 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
Thrifty, nifty deals:
  • Happy hour Tuesday -Friday 12p-6p, $5 Margaritas & tequila shots, $2 tecate or Modelo can, $6 street tacos

 Cantina Mayahuel on Urbanspoon

Crazee Burger (Burgers, lunch, happy hour, dinner )$- I love this place because of the handcrafted hamburgers and beer and how inexpensive it is for what you get. I also like the ball game watching in a casual, bistro-like atmosphere. Good for Monday night football.

4201 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Thrifty, nifty deals:
  • Happy hour 3-6p every day, 9-11p Friday & Saturday
  • Wednesdays, beers 2.99(reg. 4.99) all day, all drafts 2.50(reg 4.99)all day
  • Tuesdays 1/2 price bottle wines all day, by glass 3.99(reg. 5.99) and 3.00(reg. 5.99)all day

Crazee Burger on Urbanspoon

Station Tavern (Burgers, lunch Sat & Sun, dinner)$ -I love this place because of the tater tots,  beer, super reasonable prices,  the outdoor play area for kids and can actually let your kids run around and not keep them strapped the to a high chair.

2204 Fern Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Thrifty, nifty deals:

  • specials are on the board daily, and the prices are really good

Station Tavern & Burgers on Urbanspoon

Blind Lady Ale House (Pizza, Organic, Gastropub, lunch Sat & Sun, dinner )$$- I love this place because of the craft beer and pizza of course. The menu changes a bit, but when they have the white anchovies, get those , yum. It is kid friendly having games, crayons and books for the kiddos.

3416 Adams Avenue 
San DiegoCA 92116

Thrifty, nifty deals:

  • darn, none yet but still totally worth it

Blind Lady Ale House on Urbanspoon

Parkhouse Eatery(American, breakfast/brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner)$$$- I love this place because the food is always so good and your are dining in a cozy craftsman home. It is also lovely to sit out on the patio. Service is always noticeably good. My favorites are the huge pork chop and the lobster ravioli.

Thrifty, nifty deals:

  • 2 for 42 Tuesdays, 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 dessert (extra 10 per person with wine Pairings)
  • Happy hour Monday - Thursday 5-7p, 1/2 off appetizers

Parkhouse Eatery on Urbanspoon

Brazen BBQ(Barbeque, Southern, lunch, happy hour, dinner)$$- I love this place because of the ribs, mac 'n cheese, and sweet potato fries.  Not to mention the pulled pork and the collard greens too. Yum. The patio is nice to watch the city go by, and inside is casual, has high chairs, and it is hard to bother others with a toddler.
441 Washington
San Diego, CA 92103
Thrifty, nifty deals:
  • Happy hour 3-6:30p Monday - Saturday, all day Sunday
  • Uptown Magazine coupon for free sandwich or salad or burger, or 20% entire check, or print it from the website "Community Magazine" here

Brazen BBQ on Urbanspoon                                                                               

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