So, yes, technically I am in the midst of a budget tightening scheme in order to bulk up baby E’s college fund, which means that I am begrudgingly spending more time in my kitchen – and the weekend days are the hardest times to abstain from easy meals out. The toddler ‘go-to’ foods I have been using for summer picnics out and about are cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, and bagel, lox, spinach, and cream cheese sandwiches. SO easy to make, Estelle loves it, she gets veggies, and they are easy to pop into a cooler with some fruit and pretzels.
That being said, we still go out to eat once a weekend (sometimes twice – but still way better than every meal)! I’d heard great things about Nate’s Garden Grill and the adjoining City Farmers Nursery, so we decided to give it a go for brunch. If you have kids (or not), this oasis is a great little outing. If you are a fan of The Station or Waypoint Public for their kid-friendly play areas, I’d add this one into rotation as well!
Nate’s Garden Grill offers typical San Diego brunch options – eggs, benny’s, french toast, etc. All delicious. In typical SD fashion, there are also craft beers on tap. You order at the counter, which I love, especially with an antsy toddler. There is a children’s table and play area, very well stocked with toys and books. Quite a few kids were playing happily as their parents sat nearby sipping their latte’s. Glorious!
After stuffing our faces, we headed next-door to the Nursery. In addition to the beautiful plants and trees for sale (including
bonsai), the nursery also houses goats, chickens, mini-horses, turtles, and fish for you to enjoy. They have a dated, yet functional playground area, and also offer children’s gardening supplies for sale.
It only took us about 20 minutes to wind our way through the nursery, but if you are a plant fanatic, you will probably linger longer. A fabulous way to spend the morning.
Have you been to Nate’s Garden Grill and Nursery? What did you think? If not, give it a try and let me know what you think! Any other kid-friendly recommendations in the San Diego Area? Let me know in the comments.