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

Lunch at the Prado

When I find myself in Balboa Park (which is fairly often, as there's a whole lot to do over there), I do my best to stop by the Prado. It's one of the Cohn restaurants, one of 11 local restaurants, to be exact. Though its location primes the Prado for the same kind of over-priced but sub-par food of many of the joints lining Fifth Avenue downtown, being located up in the middle of a huge tourist attraction, it manages to also cater to locals. Don't get me wrong, the price isn't cheap -- entrees average $27 -- but the service is top-notch, and the food they deliver, well, delivers. Fortunately, lunch is a little easier on the wallet, and I tend to be at the park during the day. However, I should mention there are two happy hours (4-6pm and 8-10pm), with great deals on snickety snacks to be had.

I wish I had more pics, but here are a few from a recent lunch at the park.

Image

Before you order, these flatbread crackers are brought, along with a chipotle hummus.

Image

David always gets this -- it's the pressed salad (arugula, stawberries, candied walnuts, asiago cheese, sherry shallot vinaigrette), and he has the steak added on top. The salad alone is $9.95, I think it's a few bucks extra to add chicken, steak, or shrimp to any salad.

Image

I went for something different this time, the Italian panini (prosciutto, salami, mortadella, mozzarella, spicy artichoke & green olive tapenade, ciabatta roll). Served with a choice of sides (I chose the broccoli and mandarin salad, in a yummy honey mustard-ish dressing, and the house-made taro chips).

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

Previous article

Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 announces cancer battle

Founding member of Poway pop-punk trio goes public with illness
Next Article

Shouldn't be at the San Diego River mouth

I like the jetty when it’s really stormy and raining

When I find myself in Balboa Park (which is fairly often, as there's a whole lot to do over there), I do my best to stop by the Prado. It's one of the Cohn restaurants, one of 11 local restaurants, to be exact. Though its location primes the Prado for the same kind of over-priced but sub-par food of many of the joints lining Fifth Avenue downtown, being located up in the middle of a huge tourist attraction, it manages to also cater to locals. Don't get me wrong, the price isn't cheap -- entrees average $27 -- but the service is top-notch, and the food they deliver, well, delivers. Fortunately, lunch is a little easier on the wallet, and I tend to be at the park during the day. However, I should mention there are two happy hours (4-6pm and 8-10pm), with great deals on snickety snacks to be had.

I wish I had more pics, but here are a few from a recent lunch at the park.

Image

Before you order, these flatbread crackers are brought, along with a chipotle hummus.

Image

David always gets this -- it's the pressed salad (arugula, stawberries, candied walnuts, asiago cheese, sherry shallot vinaigrette), and he has the steak added on top. The salad alone is $9.95, I think it's a few bucks extra to add chicken, steak, or shrimp to any salad.

Image

I went for something different this time, the Italian panini (prosciutto, salami, mortadella, mozzarella, spicy artichoke & green olive tapenade, ciabatta roll). Served with a choice of sides (I chose the broccoli and mandarin salad, in a yummy honey mustard-ish dressing, and the house-made taro chips).

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
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 — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — 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