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Mt Helix Local Area Guide

Melinda

Mt Helix Local Area Guide

Local Food Scene
Good family friendly coffee shop with strong (Café Moto) coffee and a small, but fresh and yummy food selection in the heart of downtown La Mesa. Outdoor seating only.
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Sheldon's Service Station
8401 La Mesa Blvd
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Good family friendly coffee shop with strong (Café Moto) coffee and a small, but fresh and yummy food selection in the heart of downtown La Mesa. Outdoor seating only.
Excellent pizza for carry out or delivery. No seating. Call (619) 698-0880 (they know the way to the house!).  If your looking for a great combo, grab ice cream next door at Baskin Robins. Check out their web site or call for specials, as they always have a good deal.
D'Amatos Pizza
8807 La Mesa Blvd
Excellent pizza for carry out or delivery. No seating. Call (619) 698-0880 (they know the way to the house!).  If your looking for a great combo, grab ice cream next door at Baskin Robins. Check out their web site or call for specials, as they always have a good deal.
Fun, family friendly Mexican restaurant that relocated from historic Old Town to La Mesa.
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Casa De Pico
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
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Fun, family friendly Mexican restaurant that relocated from historic Old Town to La Mesa.
Cool restaurant in downtown La Mesa with a great outdoor patio and kid friendly (there is a old school bus parked in courtyard where kids can play). A bit pricey, but you cannot go wrong with the hamburger and a 1/2 order of Brussel sprouts.
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BO-beau kitchen + garden
8384 La Mesa Boulevard
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Cool restaurant in downtown La Mesa with a great outdoor patio and kid friendly (there is a old school bus parked in courtyard where kids can play). A bit pricey, but you cannot go wrong with the hamburger and a 1/2 order of Brussel sprouts.
Excellent new restaurant with great ambience and outdoor seating. The food is fresh and delicious - We highly recommend! Reservations also recommended.
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Farmer's Table La Mesa
8141 La Mesa Blvd
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Excellent new restaurant with great ambience and outdoor seating. The food is fresh and delicious - We highly recommend! Reservations also recommended.
Its a full service restaurant but we'd skip the meal and head straight to their sweets selection...House made chocolates, fudge, pies, baked goods and 10+ flavors of gelato.
Centifonti's Bar & Restaurant
8365 La Mesa Blvd
Its a full service restaurant but we'd skip the meal and head straight to their sweets selection...House made chocolates, fudge, pies, baked goods and 10+ flavors of gelato.
Good beer, family friendly outdoor seating with live music (check schedule), daily food trucks, and family board games.
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Helix Brewing Co.
8101 Commercial St
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Good beer, family friendly outdoor seating with live music (check schedule), daily food trucks, and family board games.
Our favorite local taco joint with an amazing array of gourmet tacos, draft beer, and foosball to entertain the kids.
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City Tacos
8325 La Mesa Blvd
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Our favorite local taco joint with an amazing array of gourmet tacos, draft beer, and foosball to entertain the kids.
Outdoor restaurant with good pizza, draft beer, locally baked sweets and a play area for kids.
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Surf Rider Pizza Co.
8381 La Mesa Blvd
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Outdoor restaurant with good pizza, draft beer, locally baked sweets and a play area for kids.
Drinks & Nightlife
A few of our favorite local spots, most within a 10 minutes drive
Great family friendly local pub with good service, food and drink. Kids allowed in bar, and there is a good brunch on Sundays.
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The Hills Local Pub
8758 La Mesa Boulevard
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Great family friendly local pub with good service, food and drink. Kids allowed in bar, and there is a good brunch on Sundays.
Outdoor tasting room with an industrial vibe featuring house-brewed craft beer & food trucks. Family friendly. Walking distance to Helix Brewing Co.
Bolt Brewery
8179 Center St
Outdoor tasting room with an industrial vibe featuring house-brewed craft beer & food trucks. Family friendly. Walking distance to Helix Brewing Co.
A small, family owned tasting room located in the heart of downtown La Mesa. Wine is decent, and its always fun to chat it up with locals. Family friendly.
San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room & Gallery
8364 La Mesa Blvd
A small, family owned tasting room located in the heart of downtown La Mesa. Wine is decent, and its always fun to chat it up with locals. Family friendly.
Essentials
Great place to stock up if you have a membership
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Costco Wholesale
8125 Fletcher Parkway
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Great place to stock up if you have a membership
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Trader Joe's
5495 Grossmont Center Drive
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A neighborhood grocery stores that offers natural, organic & gluten-free items, including fresh produce, meats, health foods, vitamins, supplements & more.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
4630 Palm Avenue
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A neighborhood grocery stores that offers natural, organic & gluten-free items, including fresh produce, meats, health foods, vitamins, supplements & more.
Excellent local market / butcher shop to find fresh meats, seafood, house-made dips and large selection of craft beers. Don't miss their Poke!
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Valley Farm Market
9040 Campo Road
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Excellent local market / butcher shop to find fresh meats, seafood, house-made dips and large selection of craft beers. Don't miss their Poke!
Albertsons
8920 Fletcher Pkwy
Walmart
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
Our absolute favorite new market! It is a Sprouts meets Whole Foods. In addition to an incredible selection of fresh meets (on site butcher shop) and local veggies & fruits, they have an enviable selection of cheeses, wine, homemade sushi, woodfired pizza, deli sandwiches, and juice bar. Uh, yes, please!
Frazier Farms Market
8401 Fletcher Parkway
Our absolute favorite new market! It is a Sprouts meets Whole Foods. In addition to an incredible selection of fresh meets (on site butcher shop) and local veggies & fruits, they have an enviable selection of cheeses, wine, homemade sushi, woodfired pizza, deli sandwiches, and juice bar. Uh, yes, please!
Local Parks & Nature
While this list is not inclusive of all of our San Diego recommendations (truly too many to list, and you probably have your own), the following are recommendations if you just want to stay local.
Mt. Helix Park has spectacular 360 degree views, beautiful rock formations and an outdoor amphitheater. A must see, especially at sunset.
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Mt. Helix Park
4905 Mount Helix Drive
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Mt. Helix Park has spectacular 360 degree views, beautiful rock formations and an outdoor amphitheater. A must see, especially at sunset.
Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile trail only a few miles drive away from our house. It is a moderately strenuous hike. The 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego, and has great views from the top. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Kid friendly, but a tough hike for < 4 years old.
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Cowles Mountain
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Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile trail only a few miles drive away from our house. It is a moderately strenuous hike. The 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego, and has great views from the top. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Kid friendly, but a tough hike for < 4 years old.
Easy, paved 3 mile (one way) trail around Lake Murray. Family, dog, bike, and scooter/skate friendly.
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Lake Murray
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Easy, paved 3 mile (one way) trail around Lake Murray. Family, dog, bike, and scooter/skate friendly.
Ok, not local but if one of our favorite beach hikes... Some of the best views in San Diego can be seen from the easy trails here, along with caves and rocks for climbing. The lot charges a $15 parking fee, but you can find parking along the beach if you wait long enough. Great for kids. Approximately 35 minute drive from house.
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Torrey Pines State Reserve
12600 North Torrey Pines Road
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Ok, not local but if one of our favorite beach hikes... Some of the best views in San Diego can be seen from the easy trails here, along with caves and rocks for climbing. The lot charges a $15 parking fee, but you can find parking along the beach if you wait long enough. Great for kids. Approximately 35 minute drive from house.
Sightseeing
One of our most favorite spots in San Diego...Go for the beautiful beaches, enjoy a coffee and stroll through Hotel Del, bike ride, shop or take ferry to downtown San Diego. A must see!
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Coronado Island
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One of our most favorite spots in San Diego...Go for the beautiful beaches, enjoy a coffee and stroll through Hotel Del, bike ride, shop or take ferry to downtown San Diego. A must see!
Local Activities
Located only 12 minutes from the house, this small local Jamul winery offers decent wines if you are looking for a quick taste. There is a beautiful grass area on the property, so buy a bottle, bring snacks and enjoy the parklike setting. Family friendly.
Granite Lion Cellars
2824 Jamul Highlands Rd
Located only 12 minutes from the house, this small local Jamul winery offers decent wines if you are looking for a quick taste. There is a beautiful grass area on the property, so buy a bottle, bring snacks and enjoy the parklike setting. Family friendly.
One of two recommended Jamul wineries ('wineries along Highway 94'), located just a few minutes from the property. They serve wine with cheese and crackers on a lovely shaded patio. You can also bring your own snacks. Open most Saturdays and Sundays, but be sure to check their web site or call for hours.
Casi Cielo Farm and Winery
3044 Colina Verde Ln
One of two recommended Jamul wineries ('wineries along Highway 94'), located just a few minutes from the property. They serve wine with cheese and crackers on a lovely shaded patio. You can also bring your own snacks. Open most Saturdays and Sundays, but be sure to check their web site or call for hours.
Vineyard Grant James
25260 Old Julian Hwy
Ramona is an up and coming local wine region, and there are dozens of wineries to enjoy, within 30+ minutes from our property. Most are only open on weekends, so be sure to call first.
Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery
18351 Woods Hill Ln
Ramona is an up and coming local wine region, and there are dozens of wineries to enjoy, within 30+ minutes from our property. Most are only open on weekends, so be sure to call first.
Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery
1625 CA-78
Milagro Winery
18750 Littlepage Road