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Good non-touristy eats near Balboa Park?

erinvp Jun 12, 2012 09:48 PM

Hey hounds,
Other than Cucina Urbana, are there any good places to grab a nice lunch in that area? Nothing fancy, just good, fresh food. We are going to check out the SPanish Village artist thing--which I know is touristy in and of itself. But still... Don't like our food to be!

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    pickypicky Jun 13, 2012 09:09 AM

    I like Barrio Star for lunch or breakfast (through lunch) = http://www.isabelscantina.com/barrio-star.php Also Pappalecco = http://www.pappalecco.com/

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    1. re: pickypicky
      Dagney Jun 14, 2012 12:53 AM

      2nd Barrio Star.

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        tavmark Jun 15, 2012 03:27 PM

        Is Jimmy Carter cafe still open? More of a breakfast place but I thought they stayed open through at least lunch.

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          DiningDiva Jun 15, 2012 04:30 PM

          JImmy Carter's is on 5th and isn't very good.

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        beth1 Jun 13, 2012 10:22 PM

        My friend and I like Cafe on Park. It's good for kids, if there are any in your group. Everything I've gotten there has been great. Their meatloaf is different than the norm, but it's great. They serve breakfast and lunch. There tends to be a line on weekends, but it's never very long. Weekdays are generally wait-free.

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          Beach Chick Jun 14, 2012 06:51 AM

          Prado for lunch...the whole area is touristy but I enjoy the lunch and dine on the back patio.
          You can walk from the Spanish Village to the resto.
          Barrio Star is a good choice too.


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            Tripeler Jun 15, 2012 04:06 AM

            Hey Beach Chick,
            Is the Patty Melt truck (in the Cohn Group) any good?
            As I remember, you are a Patty Melt fan, so likely you may know.

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              Beach Chick Jun 15, 2012 06:54 AM

              I am a 'Patty Melt' chick but the garden burger variety...which btw, is so frigging good!
              DH had something non PM a couple of opening days at the Padre game/street fair from the truck and he said it was ok..
              Since I don't eat...for almost 37 years..mere enfant when I made the decision along with my pet steer, so I do crave a double double with grilled onions, extra spread once a year and the Patty Melt at Studio Diner kicks serious ass on the goodness scale but give me a replacement of burger with a garden burger any day..

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