Balboa Park is one of the best places in San Diego in a lot of ways. It is a crucial piece of San Diego history, the most agriculturally diverse area in the county and holds a plethora of local museums. The World Famous San Diego Zoo is also here. Of course, the problem with this area is the limited number of good eats at decent prices. The Prado restaurant offers fantastic gourmet cuisine, but nothing a cheapskate can afford.
With this in mind, you should most definitely visit the lovely Japanese Friendship Garden and stop by the Tea Pavilion Cafe for lunch.
Business: Tea Pavilion Cafe At the Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Plz
San Diego, CA 92101
Price: $$ (Each $ represents a $5 increment)
Rating: 3 out of 5
This food is by no means the best or most authentic food in San Diego, but it isn’t bad. More importantly, it’s the best food you can get for these prices in all of the park. The sushi is ok, the sandwiches and soup are the best things to eat here though. Try the California roll sandwich, with crab, wasabi mayo and avocado.
The beverages here are definitely the best part. They have quite a great selection of teas and they are superb. The tea bags are so big and full that you may even want to order an extra cup of hot water and make two teas. If you leave the bag in one cup too long, it will get way too strong, which is definitely a good thing.
After you eat, be sure to take a trip through the lovely Japanese garden next door. It is serene, beautiful and just plain wonderful. Being in the park, you probably already have something else planned for the day, but take a few minutes to calm your mind in this soothing garden.