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2017 Travel Guide to California - - SAN DIEGO COUNTY -

Ev­ery­body has to eat some time, even the No­bel-award win­ning sci­en­tists and ac­claimed aca­demics at San Diego’s re­search cen­ters and uni­ver­si­ties. Some in­sti­tu­tional cafe­te­rias and restau­rants open to the pub­lic ri­val the views and cui­sine at neigh­bor­hood hot spots. THE SALK CAFE at the ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning Salk In­sti­tute for Bi­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies over­look­ing the open sea of­fers a daily lunch menu aimed at pleas­ing a poly­glot as­sem­blage, with In­dian, Asian, Ve­gan and good old Amer­i­can burg­ers priced for stu­dent bud­gets.

CAR­O­LINE’S SEA­SIDE CAFE at the Scripps In­sti­tute of Oceanog­ra­phy serves up blue­berry pan­cakes, sand­wiches, sal­ads and en­chi­ladas over­look­ing La Jolla Shores and re­search ves­sels moored by the Scripps Pier. Wild canyons and Mis­sion Bay pro­vide the back­drop for the Univer­sity of San Diego’s

LA GRAN TERRAZA’S el­e­gant

GRAND DIN­ING ROOM. Busi­ness dress is in or­der inside, but the ter­race is more ca­sual and the $15 buf­fet lunch is a steal, while the Wed­nes­day night Prime Rib buf­fet fu­els hun­gry stu­dents when the par­ents are around.

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