photo credit: Deanna Sandoval
Artifact is not your average museum restaurant serving dry turkey sandwiches. Opened in 2021 in the lobby of Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, the restaurant is a prime place to stop in for lunch and try foods from older cultures. You’ll find dishes from Siam and the Fertile Crescent, which encompasses areas of the Middle East including present-day Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey. Expect items like shrimp gyoza in delicate yuzu dashi broth, a veggie samosa topped with a bright mango chutney, and the shareable snack tray starter that comes with curried vegetables with labneh, lemony chicken satay skewers, and muhammara. You’ll sit among other park-goers at sleek bistro tables, or at the wood-topped bar where you can admire the swirly gold beer taps that double as an art piece, like the light installation overhead.