Where do you go for a lunch break after a busy morning exploring Balboa Park or a wild one at San Diego Zoo? When your traveling companions are the worlds’ most discerning but impatient eaters, then your restaurant choices are usually limited to places that serve french fries with everything. So when I find a place that leaves me with a dreamy look in my eyes, and keeps my little guy happy, then I feel it is my public duty to pass along the information.
Take a lunch break: Put down the fries and chicken strips and get some fine grub at the Sculpture Court Cafe at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.
What you’ll find: Surrounded by sculptures in a peaceful courtyard, you can have a meal that will make you remember your lunch days before kids. You know, the days where you actually got to linger over coffee. Well order away from a delectable, but affordable menu and then go and sit with a view of some Rodin sculptures to wait for your food. It’s fast food for the artsy folk.
The big fuss: I know that they call it the soup of the day because it’s not meant to be around everyday, but I would do anything to have myself some of the chicken curry soup again. They have good choices on the kids’ menu as well, but of course they are still kids’ choices. My son had the fancy, all-natural hot dog with a side of fancy chips. Maybe he didn’t have fine cuisine, but at least he got exposed to fine art. One out of two isn’t all bad.
Useful tidbits: The entrance to the Sculpture Court Cafe is independent of the San Diego Museum of Art, so you can go even if the museum is not part of your day’s outing. Of course if you do want to take in some fine art, the third Tuesday of the month is free. The cafe is only open for lunch, between 11 and 3, Tuesday through Sunday. (619) 237-0675