Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Date night suggestions

Here are some cheap or free (but fun) options

The note says, “Would you like to go on a date? Check the box for ‘yes’ or ‘no’…”
The note says, “Would you like to go on a date? Check the box for ‘yes’ or ‘no’…”

Bills need to be paid, the kids need to eat, and the bank account is light after a round of expensive dentistry for the family. (If booze is the number-one curse of the Irish, bad teeth is a solid number two.) Meanwhile, hubby Patrick is longing for a date night with his leading lady.

We Kellys have a couple of cheap-date options that we return to when necessary. A couple of slices of spinach ricotta pizza from Pizzeria Luigi at 25th and B in Golden Hill with a latte from Krakatoa just across the street and a stroll down to Golden Hill Park to watch the sun set over the city.

Or, we pop into Mona Lisa in Little Italy (corner of India and Hawthorne) to grab a Number 8 Deluxe Sub with provolone, mortadella, salami, and ham. Then a stroll along Fiesta Island, looking at one of the nicest views of downtown San Diego.

But our inventory of relaxing, inexpensive dates could use some refreshing. So I polled the ladies.

“Go to the beach,” offered Marty. “Pack some gelato, we like Pappalecco in Little Italy — pistacchio! — and a beach towel and watch the sun set. And don’t forget to take a selfie!”

“Bike rentals in Coronado are around $8 an hour, and it’s a lovely place to ride,” said Lorraine. “The Coronado Ferry is $4.75 per person and that’s fun also. Or we get burritos from Sun Tacos and picnic at the beach with a nice walk. Or takeout up to USD, where the views are spectacular.”

“Channel your inner child, Eve,” answered Nancy, “and go twirl around the carousel with your man at Seaport Village. Each ride is around $3, go big and ride it twice, and then walk through Seaport Village, eyeing the yachts, kite-flying, and vendors along the sidewalk.” The hand-carved Seaport carousel, made in 1895, spins from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

“Groupon San Diego has a ton of buy-one, get-one-free dinners that are fun to try,” suggested Suzanne. “Or get deli sandwiches — we like Dudley’s Famous Deli in Santee or Firehouse Subs — and go down to La Jolla Cove with picnic chairs and eat at sunset. Another of our favorite picnic places is Santee Lakes. Make your own sandwiches and it’s even cheaper.”

Suzanne offered one last date option. “A movie and a large bucket of popcorn, maybe not date material for some but for a mom who has to cook dinner every night and usually isn’t very hungry, the bucket of popcorn and a Diet Coke is perfect. Costco movie tickets are the cheapest.”

“If we want fancy cheap, we buy the Cohn Group or Synergy restaurant gift cards from Costco and save 20 percent off the bill,” answered Faith. “And we always buy our movie passes from Costco for a discount.

Balboa Park

“I also love the fact that we are so close to the water and beautiful views from the coast and bay,” she continued. “If I had my druthers, I’d get fish and chips or even pack a picnic and have dinner at the beach. I’d bring a bike or rent one from the shop at Ferry Landing in Coronado and ride around to see the sights. Or if I want to stay closer to home, take a picnic to one of our other great viewpoints, like Mt. Helix or Mt. Soledad. The amphitheater seating at Mount Helix would be picturesque for setting out a blanket and a bottle of wine and snacks. Maybe head down the mountain after to catch a movie at the drive-in in Santee.”

“Balboa Park is our go-to spot for a mellow, inexpensive date night,” said Meg.

“If the day and time is right, it could be one of the free concerts at Balboa Park Organ Pavilion. Or it could be a stroll around the Botanical Gardens, the Timken Museum of Art, rose garden, and a peek at some of the artists’ work in the Spanish Village. The park also has the added advantage of some great selfie spots,” she said with a wink.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Terra Lawson-Remer out-raises Kristin Gaspar

San Diego State not ready for emergency
Next Article

Nathan Hubbard’s new normal

Jazz and hip-hop are two very distinct worlds
The note says, “Would you like to go on a date? Check the box for ‘yes’ or ‘no’…”
The note says, “Would you like to go on a date? Check the box for ‘yes’ or ‘no’…”

Bills need to be paid, the kids need to eat, and the bank account is light after a round of expensive dentistry for the family. (If booze is the number-one curse of the Irish, bad teeth is a solid number two.) Meanwhile, hubby Patrick is longing for a date night with his leading lady.

We Kellys have a couple of cheap-date options that we return to when necessary. A couple of slices of spinach ricotta pizza from Pizzeria Luigi at 25th and B in Golden Hill with a latte from Krakatoa just across the street and a stroll down to Golden Hill Park to watch the sun set over the city.

Or, we pop into Mona Lisa in Little Italy (corner of India and Hawthorne) to grab a Number 8 Deluxe Sub with provolone, mortadella, salami, and ham. Then a stroll along Fiesta Island, looking at one of the nicest views of downtown San Diego.

But our inventory of relaxing, inexpensive dates could use some refreshing. So I polled the ladies.

“Go to the beach,” offered Marty. “Pack some gelato, we like Pappalecco in Little Italy — pistacchio! — and a beach towel and watch the sun set. And don’t forget to take a selfie!”

“Bike rentals in Coronado are around $8 an hour, and it’s a lovely place to ride,” said Lorraine. “The Coronado Ferry is $4.75 per person and that’s fun also. Or we get burritos from Sun Tacos and picnic at the beach with a nice walk. Or takeout up to USD, where the views are spectacular.”

“Channel your inner child, Eve,” answered Nancy, “and go twirl around the carousel with your man at Seaport Village. Each ride is around $3, go big and ride it twice, and then walk through Seaport Village, eyeing the yachts, kite-flying, and vendors along the sidewalk.” The hand-carved Seaport carousel, made in 1895, spins from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

“Groupon San Diego has a ton of buy-one, get-one-free dinners that are fun to try,” suggested Suzanne. “Or get deli sandwiches — we like Dudley’s Famous Deli in Santee or Firehouse Subs — and go down to La Jolla Cove with picnic chairs and eat at sunset. Another of our favorite picnic places is Santee Lakes. Make your own sandwiches and it’s even cheaper.”

Suzanne offered one last date option. “A movie and a large bucket of popcorn, maybe not date material for some but for a mom who has to cook dinner every night and usually isn’t very hungry, the bucket of popcorn and a Diet Coke is perfect. Costco movie tickets are the cheapest.”

“If we want fancy cheap, we buy the Cohn Group or Synergy restaurant gift cards from Costco and save 20 percent off the bill,” answered Faith. “And we always buy our movie passes from Costco for a discount.

Balboa Park

“I also love the fact that we are so close to the water and beautiful views from the coast and bay,” she continued. “If I had my druthers, I’d get fish and chips or even pack a picnic and have dinner at the beach. I’d bring a bike or rent one from the shop at Ferry Landing in Coronado and ride around to see the sights. Or if I want to stay closer to home, take a picnic to one of our other great viewpoints, like Mt. Helix or Mt. Soledad. The amphitheater seating at Mount Helix would be picturesque for setting out a blanket and a bottle of wine and snacks. Maybe head down the mountain after to catch a movie at the drive-in in Santee.”

“Balboa Park is our go-to spot for a mellow, inexpensive date night,” said Meg.

“If the day and time is right, it could be one of the free concerts at Balboa Park Organ Pavilion. Or it could be a stroll around the Botanical Gardens, the Timken Museum of Art, rose garden, and a peek at some of the artists’ work in the Spanish Village. The park also has the added advantage of some great selfie spots,” she said with a wink.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

What a teachers union has done to Gompers

29 teachers laid off in June, re-hired in July
Next Article

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies, uncovered

Nudity does more to advance an actress’s career than it does the plot
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close