Raise your hand if you’re tired of cooking, snack-slinging and doing dishes. We see you! Take a break from kitchen duty by ordering food for takeout or delivery that’s prepared with the whole family and kids’ tastes in mind. From adorable character buns to waffle churro sticks and grilled cheese platters to kids eat free specials, read on for where to order up a crowd-pleasing meal for the kids.
Craving seafood? Burritos, grilled fish bowls with white or brown rice, classic fish and chips, and clam chowder make Fish 101 a perfect option when ordering take-out with kids in mind. The simply grilled and super fresh fish from this North County favorite spot, make it easy for both kiddos and parents to find something to enjoy. Throw in a couple of kiddie cocktails i.e. Izze sodas or chocolate milk (plus a bottle for wine for the parents) and family bliss will come easy. Orders can be placed via their website for either pick-up or delivery.
Madison on Park
The neighborhood lounge and eatery in University Heights features Mediterranean and Southern California fare with a menu just for kids. Offering take-out from 5- 8:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun., dishes include Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Cheeseburger & Fries, and Mac & Cheese. Also offering brunch from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., kids will love the Waffle Churro Sticks and Strawberry Banana Nutella French Toast. Delivery is available through Postmates and DoorDash, or by calling the restaurant directly for take-out, 619-269-6566. Guests can also take advantage of their walk-up window to place orders and the restaurant continues to give 100% of revenue, not just profits, back to their staff every night along with all gift card sales.
Pho Ca Dao & Grill
Pho Ca Dao & Grill has a dedicated children’s menu, allowing kids to pick from seven dishes, ranging from Pho to Broken Rice. In addition to traditional options like Brisket Pho and Char-grilled Chicken with Broken Rice, the kids menu also features more playful options like Meatball Pho and Chicken Noodle Soup. Pho Ca Dao’s offerings are available for both pickup and via delivery through GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats, at the restaurant’s Mission Valley, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Mira Mesa locations.
With fan favorites like Silver Dollar Pancakes, an Egg and Cheese Burrito, and a Breakfast Plate with bacon, eggs, and potatoes for breakfast, and options like corndogs, burgers, and quesadillas for lunch, Ranch 45’s children's menu has a little something for all kiddos. In addition to the dedicated kids menu, Ranch 45 is currently offering family meals designed to appeal to both kids and adults, aiming to make meal-time a fun and delicious time for the whole family. Offered for both curbside pickup, take-out and delivery via DoorDash and GrubHub, both the children’s menu and the family meal options can be found on Ranch 45’s website, and anything on the menu can be made gluten-free.
Grater Grilled Cheese
The Grater Grilled Cheese location on Del Mar Heights Rd. is offering take-out and giving a 30% discount on phone and online orders for curbside pick-up using code: 30OFF (not applicable for 3rd party deliveries). They will also be providing a free cup of soup for kids under 12 and seniors over 65 at moment of pick-up. Kids will love their menu options including grilled cheese, mac 'n' cheese and chicken tenders. You may also opt for a family meal the whole clan will devour. Options include a grilled cheese platter with Tomato Basil Bisque Soup that serves 6 and Mac 'n' Cheese with Caesar salad that serves 6.
Harumama's La Jolla, Little Italy and Carlsbad locations are all open for takeout and delivery. Why not treat your little dumpling to some adorable character buns to brighten his/her day? These sweet little meals come in almost too-cute-to-eat characters including koala, bunny, polar bear, panda and more. Get them both a savory and a sweet option and that's dinner and dessert, done!
The Crack Shack
The Crack Shack in Encinitas offers a $7 kids meal that includes a choice of nuggets, grilled chicken or grilled cheese, choice of side: carrots or petite fries, a cookie and a kid's drink. You can order separately or make it a family affair with their small flock, big flock or svelte flock meals which will feed your whole, well, flock, with fried chicken, biscuits, cookies, classic slaw and chicken nuggets––or in the case of the svelte flock, the extra large baja chop served with four portions of your choice.
Mendocino Farms at Del Mar Highlands Town Center is offering special deals for families across San Diego, including Kids Eat Free (for a limited time). Parents can get a free kids meal with any purchase of a regular sandwich or entrée salad using promo Code: MENDOKIDS. To redeem, add the code to the coupon field on their checkout page at order.
Mendocino Farms is also offering their Mendo Meal Deal that allows you to select any four sandwiches or salads (mix and match) plus two signature deli sides for $40. Bottles of wine and fresh baked bread are also made available for order.
Kids will love the fresh array of sandwiches available on the kids' menu, ranging from honey ham and provolone to turkey and cheddar to PB and local jelly, and more.
619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room
The distillery and tasting room located in North Park has a kid's menu including grilled cheese, fries and soda and chicken nuggets, fries and soda, along with a new menu featuring wings, flat breads, and sandwiches. They are offering a 20% discount through take-out directly from the restaurant and are available via delivery through Postmates, GrubHub, UberEats, and DoorDash, along with drive-thru curbside service. Adults and kids alike can enjoy the premixed mocktails-to-go, and adults can add in some 619 Vodka to enjoy at home (available for $19).
Note: Every effort was made for the information in this story to be current, however restaurants and businesses may change their offerings based on availability.