Panama 66, located in San Diego, California is a counter-service restaurant with quality, locally sourced ingredients, full bar, and live music. Originally started by a group of friends who desired to share their love of great food and craft beer with the community, Panama 66 is one of three restaurants the team owns in the area. The major focus of all three restaurants is to support local businesses and farms while also facilitating a creative space for the community to express themselves through local art and music.
All of Panama 66's food is made from scratch. For example, their tuna melt is made with local, line-caught big eye tuna from their fish monger Tommy Gomes at Catalina Offshore, which features local and sustainable seafood. Panama 66 takes special care to create a menu that focuses on locally available meats and produce. Other notable local business they feature include Hillaker's Ranch Eggs, Stehly Farms, Park Hill Orchards, You and Yours Gin, Malahat Rums, and J. Brix Rose.
Balboa Park, where Panama 66 is located, is a major San Diego tourist attraction which also makes the restaurant unique. Interestingly Panama 66 is located within the San Diego Museum of Art. As such, it offers guests a taste of the local community despite being at the center of a large tourist area. Their space allows guests to sit and the enjoy the view of their beautiful sculpture garden while eating and sipping on a local craft beer or wine.
What makes Panama 66 stand out is how they connect with the community through music. They feature talented local musicians throughout the week and their Wednesday night "Jazz Jam," curated by jazz legend Gilbert Castellanos, is a major hit. And it's completely free! Panama 66 is the perfect combination of food, music and art.
Next time you're visiting or passing through the San Diego area, we highly recommend Panama 66. A word of advice: get the lemonade - it's some of the best we have ever had! Panama 66 is located at 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. You might also consider visiting another one of their sister restaurants in the area: Blind ady Al House, Tiger!Tiger! and Automatic Brewing Co.