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Where to Eat Near Balboa Park: Hillcrest

Breakfast at Hash House a Go Go
Breakfast at Hash House a Go Go
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Home to dozens of buzz-worthy restaurants, bars, and cafés, Hillcrest is tough to edit down to a single guide. That said, here are some of the highlights of this endlessly delicious neighborhood. If your favorite spot is missing, post a comment below to share your tips with other Park visitors.

Hash House a Go Go (3628 Fifth Avenue), Crest Café (425 Robinson Avenue) and Bread & Cie (350 University Avenue) are favorites.

After a showing of the lively “Tornado Alley” IMAX film at the Fleet, visit some of San Diego’s best bartenders for your mixed or muddled drink of choice Tractor Room (3687 Fifth Avenue), Baja Betty’s (1421 University Avenue) and R-Gang Eatery (3683 Fifth Avenue) are cocktail havens.

Between family activities at the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Zoo, take the kids out for a quick bite. Crowd pleasers are Bronx Pizza (111 Washington Street), Which Wich (3825 Fifth Avenue) and Burger Lounge (406 University Avenue).

After creating your own mission to Mars at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s SPACE exhibition, go out for international food that’s still a little closer to home Amarin Thai (3843 Richmond Street), Ono Sushi (1236 University Avenue), and Khyber Pass (523 University Avenue) will transport you to another world.

To complement a fun and cultural date at The Old Globe or the Museum of Photographic Arts, make a reservation at one of these romantic restaurants. Ristorante Arrivederci (3845 Fourth Avenue), Ebisu Sushi Bar (3765 Sixth Avenue) and Kous Kous Moroccan Restaurant (3940 Fourth Avenue) are perfect for pairs.

See previous restaurant round-ups for Banker’s Hill near Balboa Park.