You’ll want to skip the Happy Meal after seeing these delicious local alternatives
We are home more these days, but that doesn’t mean we always feel like cooking. Between on-campus learning starting up for some kids and parents balancing the constant changes the pandemic has brought upon society, sometimes we just need a simple solution for go-to meals. Next time you are looking for a meal for the whole family, call in your order at one of these spots that offer fun menus curated with kids in mind.
This South Park favorite offers a Lil Riders menu. It doesn’t get much tastier than a classic hot dog or grilled cheese. They even offer a tofu pup for a vegetarian option. Tater tots included.
This neighborhood cafe whips up local, from-scratch food even for the little ones. The “Grom Eats” menu offers four classic dishes which will fit the tastes of most kids, such as the gluten-free waffle with berries aptly named the “Jelly Fish.”
Taco Tuesday on the go! For just $10, kids get a plate of three mini tacos, rice and beans, mild salsa, and a drink of choice (soda is not an option). Puesto even offers a gluten-free option for the kiddos.
Jumpstart the school day with a wholesome breakfast. Their lineup of menu items is impressive for a kids menu (six items to choose from) and includes vegan options. Even adults may want to try the PB&J, which is an elevated spin on the classic—white bread is swapped for homemade carrot zucchini bread. Grab and go from four locations in Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Point Loma.
Meet the new and improved “Happy Meal.” Lil Cluckers can choose between chicken nuggets, grilled chicken, or a grilled cheese sandwich. Carrots or fries come with, plus a juice box and cookie. The perfect meal to reward a long week of schoolwork.
Recreating the darling bento boxes we see on Pinterest sounds like a great idea on Saturday but come Monday morning, let’s face it—we don’t have time. Harumama serves up the cutest animal buns with sweet and savory stuffings made daily. There isn’t a dedicated kids menu, but you don’t need to be under 10 for these dumplings to bring a smile to anyone's face.
When you want to skip the store-bought Lunchable but don’t have time to make your own, pickup Panama 66’s Not-A-Lunchable. With watermelon and carrots as sides, it’s also the perfect snack for adults (no age restrictions here). Don’t miss their PB&J, which features a San Diego favorite—Jackie’s Jam.