The Prado at Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, in House of Hospitality, (619) 557-9441. L daily; D Tu-Sun; $-$$$. Reservations advised. It’s hard to believe, but the 1915 buildings holding this colorful restaurant were leveled in 1995, then reconstructed exactly but more solidly. The well-priced menu is a delicious fusion of Latin and Italian cuisines. Drinks include sangria, a pisco sour made with a grape liqueur from Chile, a refreshing virgin mojito, and fresh fruit sodas (think white peach or passion fruit).
salad with mango and cabbage, grilled skirt steak, fish tacos, and an assortment of pastas and panini sandwiches. More substantial entrees are added in the evening. The children’s puzzle menu includes a grilled cheese sandwich, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese.
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