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Restaurants in El Cajon

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Janet's Cafe 1696 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon
Janet's Cafe
Family • $$

Janet's Cafe

1696 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon, CA 92021

Janets is the perfect hometown cooking restruant. The service was amazing and great prices. They're always busy too, but have never messed up my order....

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Crafted Greens 745 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Crafted Greens
American • $$

Crafted Greens

745 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

My husband got the Grass Fed Beef with mashed potatoes and mushrooms and he said it was tender and cookedperfectly. I got the Antioxidant Salad that comes with...

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  • Superb313 Reviews4.9
Antique Row Cafe 1185 E Main St, El Cajon
Antique Row Cafe
Burgers • $$

Antique Row Cafe

1185 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021

This was my Dads favorite breakfast place. We stopped there on our way home to Valley Center. Very friendly and fast service. The patty melt on pumpernickel...

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  • Superb269 Reviews4.7
Junction Bar & Grill 777 Jamacha Road #3202, El Cajon
Junction Bar & Grill
Bar & Grill • $$

Junction Bar & Grill

777 Jamacha Road #3202, El Cajon, CA 92019

Most of the time the service is great. Saturday and Sunday, mornings it's slow unless you get one of the experienced waitress bartenders. Can't...

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Dolci Cafe Italiano 2650 Jamacha Road #121, El Cajon
Dolci Cafe Italiano
Italian • $$

Dolci Cafe Italiano

2650 Jamacha Road #121, El Cajon, CA 92019

Seen this place driving by the other day and the lights and vibe made me wanna come here. So we came for my sis bday tonight and we were a party of 7. The...

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  • Superb254 Reviews4.6
Buckboard's BBQ & Brew 975 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon
Buckboard's BBQ & Brew
American • $$

Buckboard's BBQ & Brew

975 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon, CA 92021

Good bbq friendly staff. Beef ribs hands down my favorite. Bread pudding for desert is really good too. The garlic toast is a little on the plain side but I am...

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  • Superb248 Reviews4.6
Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs 15505 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon
Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs
Barbeque • $$

Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs

15505 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon, CA 92021

Until recently, this would have been a 3 star review. I come here now and then, and have come to expect pretty terrible service. Service level that I believe...

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Testo Pepesto Italian Restaurant 221 E Main St, El Cajon
Testo Pepesto Italian Restaurant
Italian • $$

Testo Pepesto Italian Restaurant

221 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020

I've been here about 5 times. The first visit had me chasing that same experience 4 additional times. The food here is hit & miss. Upon our last...

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Izzy's Cafe 1252 Broadway, El Cajon
Izzy's Cafe
Barbeque • $$

Izzy's Cafe

1252 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021

Izzy's is a place that you wouldn't stop bye or maybe even notice unless you knew it was there. My husband has been going there for many years. I...

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  • Superb207 Reviews4.7
Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant 1773 E Main St, El Cajon
Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant
Pizza • $$

Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant

1773 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021

The take-home pizza kits are awesome. Super reasonably priced as well. Loving getting pizza kits from here for baking pizzas in our smoker is a family favorite...

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  • Superb207 Reviews4.7
Antonelli's Deli 1354 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon
Antonelli's Deli
Deli • $$

Antonelli's Deli

1354 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020

Make sure it's open when you go! I've been 2 times now when they've been closed My only complain is that they're not open more days and...

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Sahara Taste of the Middle East 2990 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Sahara Taste of the Middle East
Middle Eastern • $$

Sahara Taste of the Middle East

2990 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

If you from NY and looking for some good middle eastern food, or “halal” as we like to generalize them back home.. this is the spot. No ? .. it’s pricey,...

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Hooleys Public House 2955 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Hooleys Public House
American • $$

Hooleys Public House

2955 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

I really wasn't expecting much from a strip mall restaurant but it looked interesting enough to give it a try. Service was very good and there was some...

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Ali Baba Family Restaurant 421 E Main St, El Cajon
Ali Baba Family Restaurant
Middle Eastern • $$

Ali Baba Family Restaurant

421 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020

My coworkers and I come here often, invariably we order the feast for three. This feast will easily feed six people. Food is excellent, plenty to choose from...

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  • Superb248 Reviews4.4
Al Sultan Baklava and Bakery 131 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Al Sultan Baklava and Bakery
Cupcakes • $$

Al Sultan Baklava and Bakery

131 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

I'm absolutely obsessed. Their baklava? Sublime. Their other desserts? Just as good. The prices? Phenomal. The location? Right next to the best middle...

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  • Superb159 Reviews4.7
Funky Fries and Burgers 101 W Washington Ave, El Cajon
Funky Fries and Burgers
Hamburger • $$

Funky Fries and Burgers

101 W Washington Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020

The service was fantastic. The food although fatting was really good. The pulled pork is awesome. This is a must stop for fat food!! It was really good this...

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Marechiaro's Italian Restaurant - Olde Hwy 80 14120 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon
Marechiaro's Italian Restaurant - Olde Hwy 80
Italian • $$

Marechiaro's Italian Restaurant - Olde Hwy 80

14120 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon, CA 92021

This is always are go to Italian Restaurant in East County. We love everything they make from pasta to pizza and sub sandwiches. There garlic bread is so good....

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  • Superb239 Reviews4.4
California Fish Grill 120 Fletcher Pkwy Suite 113-B, El Cajon
California Fish Grill
Seafood • $$

California Fish Grill

120 Fletcher Pkwy Suite 113-B, El Cajon, CA 92020

Honestly, I don’t eat seafood and when my pescatarian friend suggested this place I was skeptical. But the Grilled chicken tacos were amazing and the serving...

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  • Superb228 Reviews4.4
Marechiaro's 2nd Street 854 N 2nd St, El Cajon
Marechiaro's 2nd Street
Pizza • $$

Marechiaro's 2nd Street

854 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021

I do not many reviews. However, this Sicilian/Puerto Rican from Brooklyn, NY has been transported back to the Boro. The food is as amazing as the service and...

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  • Superb173 Reviews4.6
Black Bear Diner El Cajon 1025 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
Black Bear Diner El Cajon
Diner • $$

Black Bear Diner El Cajon

1025 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

I had the 2 eggs and corn beef hash. First off, come here with an appetite because their biscuits are huge. Food was absolute amazing. The staff was also...

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  • Good284 Reviews4.2
Di Leone's Italian Restaurant 1480 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Di Leone's Italian Restaurant
Italian • $$

Di Leone's Italian Restaurant

1480 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

Very pleasant experience. Between the music and nice AC, the vibe was really relaxing while waiting for my car to get done from Evan's tire shop. Also...

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Happy Time Mediterranean Restaurant 2441 Jamacha Road #106, El Cajon
Happy Time Mediterranean Restaurant
Middle Eastern • $$

Happy Time Mediterranean Restaurant

2441 Jamacha Road #106, El Cajon, CA 92019

The food was very delicious, the restaurant has very nice interior design. The customer service was amazing and friendly. Highly recommend if you ever need eat...

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Thai Time 762 N Johnson Ave, El Cajon
Thai Time
Thai • $$

Thai Time

762 N Johnson Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020

This could be the best Thai in the East County. I saw how one reviewer couldn't wait to try the duck- all I eat is the spicy noodles with duck (but...

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The Pancake House 1000 N 2nd St, El Cajon
The Pancake House
Breakfast • $$

The Pancake House

1000 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021

The food was good, and the staff was nice food came out quickly.I have been back four times now really enjoy the pancakes. However, I've been really...

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Busy B Thai Cafe 330 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon
Busy B Thai Cafe
Thai • $$

Busy B Thai Cafe

330 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020

Nice healthy options. Delicious food. The place is SO small. I personally recommend ordering to go. But fantastic food. I got the salmon and vegetables with...

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  • Superb213 Reviews4.4
Hacienda Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina 700 N Johnson Ave ste a, El Cajon
Hacienda Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Mexican • $$

Hacienda Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

700 N Johnson Ave ste a, El Cajon, CA 92020

Love everything about this place! From the moment I walked in I was greeted and felt so welcomed by Jesus. He gave me a lovely table on the patio. I was alone...

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El Cajon Pass Deli 1195 Cuyamaca St, El Cajon
El Cajon Pass Deli
Deli • $

El Cajon Pass Deli

1195 Cuyamaca St, El Cajon, CA 92020

This deli is very fresh and the food tastes amazing! I had the diablo sandwich and the potato soup yesterday, I recommend them both. Prices are good and so is...

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  • Superb134 Reviews4.9
Taco Express 773 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon
Taco Express
Mexican • $

Taco Express

773 Greenfield Dr, El Cajon, CA 92021

A little hole in the wall, an overly friendly owner, my wife and I split a shrimp quesadilla and some drinks. The quesadilla was huge and delicious. Enough for...

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Stubborn Poke and Chips - Takeout & Delivery 709 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon
Stubborn Poke and Chips - Takeout & Delivery
Seafood • $

Stubborn Poke and Chips - Takeout & Delivery

709 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020

My husband is a super picky eater but he can literally eat here every day if I let him. Keep up the great work guys! Excellent quality food and great customer...

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  • Superb179 Reviews4.7
Pancho's Mexican Restaurant 2257 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
Pancho's Mexican Restaurant
Mexican • $$

Pancho's Mexican Restaurant

2257 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

We've been coming here for YEARS! always great service, big smiles and great food. Tonight especially showed us how awesome the service was. We went to...

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  • Superb148 Reviews4.6

American Restaurants

American in El Cajon
El Cajon Bistro & Bakery-Bistro Del Cajon 109 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
El Cajon Bistro & Bakery-Bistro Del Cajon
American • $$

El Cajon Bistro & Bakery-Bistro Del Cajon

109 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

Wonderful. Our friends, Bistro's frequent customers, suggested we eat here today. I had a delicious Club Wrap. My wife, the spinach salad. All were...

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  • Superb217 Reviews4.3
Bonny's Cafe 596 Broadway, El Cajon
Bonny's Cafe
American • $$

Bonny's Cafe

596 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021

Hadn't eaten here in awhile. Decided to head to Bonny's for breakfast yesterday. Service is excellent, servers friendly and the place is spotless....

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Applebee's Grill + Bar 107 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
Applebee's Grill + Bar
American • $$

Applebee's Grill + Bar

107 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

Every takeout/dine in experience has been great. The bartenders Jessica and blonde woman (forgot her name, starts with M), are amazing. I’m laughing as I’m...

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Pizza Restaurants

Pizza in El Cajon
Franco's Giant Pizza 574 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Franco's Giant Pizza
Pizza • $

Franco's Giant Pizza

574 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

This is one of the best pizzas and largest you can get for a affordable price. I called ahead of time to make sure the pizza could fit in my car, and it barely...

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  • Superb195 Reviews4.6
Italia Pizza 1438 Broadway, El Cajon
Italia Pizza
Pizza • $$

Italia Pizza

1438 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021

I have gone to Italia for the past 20 years when we moved here from Pacific Beach. Lately, their Hot Torpedo sandwich has become my favorite! They changed the...

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Rancho Giant Pizza 2441 Jamacha Road # 104, El Cajon
Rancho Giant Pizza
Pizza • $$

Rancho Giant Pizza

2441 Jamacha Road # 104, El Cajon, CA 92019

I entered Rancho giant pizza I think the guys name was Fred or frank he helped me order my pizza personalized I ordered a Greek pizza with tomatoes and gyro...

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  • Superb135 Reviews4.5

Mexican Restaurants

Mexican in El Cajon
Marieta's East 1746 E Main St, El Cajon
Marieta's East
Mexican • $$

Marieta's East

1746 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021

When I have eaten here in the past they would put the taco in the enchilada sauce and it would get soggy. The last time I ate here they put it on the other...

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Las Pinches Tortas 558 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Las Pinches Tortas
Mexican • $$

Las Pinches Tortas

558 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

This place is great. A different menu than most Mexican restaurants and also delicious shakes. I had the El Crunchy which was so good. We also tried the Birria...

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Por Favor El Cajon 148 E Main St, El Cajon
Por Favor El Cajon
Mexican • $$

Por Favor El Cajon

148 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020

Wow! Service, food and drinks were phenomenal!! Sylvia and Trevor took great care of our party of 11. Definitely will be back for the Carnitas and the Long...

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Chinese Restaurants

Chinese in El Cajon
China Panda Garden 1788 E Main St, El Cajon
China Panda Garden
Chinese • $$

China Panda Garden

1788 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021

First time trying this place and it has good sized portions. Ordered orange/spicy chicken, general tao, and kung pao chicken. My personal favorite was the...

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Panda Express 12098 Fury Ln, El Cajon
Panda Express
Chinese • $

Panda Express

12098 Fury Ln, El Cajon, CA 92019

I passed by Panda Express looking for the kahoots pet store so I had to get take out of my favorite orange chicken I find no matter which Panda Express you go...

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La China Restaurant 2852 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
La China Restaurant
Chinese • $

La China Restaurant

2852 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

I love the sautéed chicken and string bean? so delicious with a little sweet and spicy blend. Veggies are always fresh! I could eat this every day. Our family...

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Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill 2986 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill
Sushi • $$

Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill

2986 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

I must every visit to El Cajon city, I visit Tabu restaurant, which is best sushi restaurants in the area, add to this the perfect and professional service...

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  • Good197 Reviews3.7
Ahi Sushi & Grill 2872 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
Ahi Sushi & Grill
Sushi Bar • $$

Ahi Sushi & Grill

2872 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

In my quest for quality sushi in Santee, we came to Ahi last night and I was pleasantly surprised. Service was very good, and the quality of the fish (I eat...

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Yi Sushi 2650 Jamacha Road # 139, El Cajon
Yi Sushi
Sushi Bar • $$

Yi Sushi

2650 Jamacha Road # 139, El Cajon, CA 92019

This place has been my family's go to for sushi for YEARS. They have an unbeatable happy hour everyday from 3-6pm and their sushi is incredible. The staff...

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  • Good135 Reviews3.9

Burger Restaurants

Burgers in El Cajon
Burning Beard Brewing Co. 785 Vernon Way, El Cajon
Burning Beard Brewing Co.
Burgers • $$

Burning Beard Brewing Co.

785 Vernon Way, El Cajon, CA 92020

This place is super cool ? and has excellent beer/burgers ?. The bartender that help us was super friendly & recommended us the prefect beer for our liking...

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Beef 'n Bun 2477 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
Beef 'n Bun
Hamburger • $

Beef 'n Bun

2477 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

my friends and I were pleasantly surprised with our quality of food my breakfast sandwich tasted great and my friends liked their burgers the burgers are HUGE...

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Five Guys 345 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
Five Guys
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs • $$

Five Guys

345 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

Burgers are delicious as always. Made on the spot! Staff was great! I went with my dad and my brother, it was 9:50pm, I wasn't aware they close at 10pm,...

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  • Good176 Reviews3.6

Italian Restaurants

Italian in El Cajon
Monavala Pizza 500 Broadway B, El Cajon
Monavala Pizza
Italian • $$

Monavala Pizza

500 Broadway B, El Cajon, CA 92021

Their pizza is amazing. High grade cheese, crust has just the right crunchy outside soft inside, sauce is very unique and authentic tasting. I usually get the...

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  • Superb208 Reviews4.3
Pernicanos Family Italian Restaurant 1588 E Main St, El Cajon
Pernicanos Family Italian Restaurant
Italian • $$

Pernicanos Family Italian Restaurant

1588 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021

Awesome place to have dinner locally. My second visit and I'll be back for more. Delicious food, fast and courteous service. Do your self a favor and try...

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  • Good144 Reviews4.1
Bongiovanni's Italian Restaurant 15244 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon
Bongiovanni's Italian Restaurant
Italian • $$

Bongiovanni's Italian Restaurant

15244 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon, CA 92021

I'm not sure what it is for me but Bongiovannis is just special to me. I've always liked the layout of the building and the arcade games. The menu is...

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Black Angus Steakhouse 1000 Graves Ave, El Cajon
Black Angus Steakhouse
Steak House

Black Angus Steakhouse

1000 Graves Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021

Black Angus, El Cajon. Our server, Windy, was very cheerful and promptly served our food. she was very attentive and made sure my kids (6y/o and 13mos old...

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Outback Steakhouse 722 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Outback Steakhouse
Steak House • $$

Outback Steakhouse

722 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

Went on a holiday weekend which was probably a slow time for them judging by the skeleton crew they had on the front of the house side. The wait time was a...

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Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon
Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse
Steak House

Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse

5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019

We had been wanting to try Bull and Bourbon for a while and it did not disappoint. It’s so nice to have a good steakhouse in east county for a nice night...

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Urbane Cafe 120 Fletcher Pkwy #115, El Cajon
Urbane Cafe
Sandwich Shop • $$

Urbane Cafe

120 Fletcher Pkwy #115, El Cajon, CA 92020

Very tasty chicken sandwiches here. My favorite is the Santa Maria BBQ sandwich. The sandwiches come with a fresh salad on the side which makes for a...

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Panera Bread 733 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon
Panera Bread
Sandwich Shop • $$

Panera Bread

733 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92021

First, I'd like to say that they screwed up my order. But wait........the manager Chris was amazing. He apologized several times and put me down on a list...

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Jersey Mike's Subs 2514 Jamacha Road #504, El Cajon
Jersey Mike's Subs
Sandwich Shop • $$

Jersey Mike's Subs

2514 Jamacha Road #504, El Cajon, CA 92019

They need more Jersey Mike's. This location had good service and the sandwich was really good. I'm looking forward to going back and trying another...

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Wing Factory 2654 Jamacha Road Suite 111, El Cajon
Wing Factory
Chicken Wings

Wing Factory

2654 Jamacha Road Suite 111, El Cajon, CA 92019

Super clean and very welcoming! Had take out wings, good portion size, food was fresh and tasty. Looked like great place for dinning as well. To be honest, ...

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Epic Wings 522 N 2nd St, El Cajon
Epic Wings
Chicken Wings • $

Epic Wings

522 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021

I don't know what it was, but as a frequent Epic Wings customer, today's meal was absolutely the best!!! The chicken strips where so soft and moist,...

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 110 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Chicken • $

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

110 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

The 8 chicken piece nuggets were crispy and delicious. When we asked for pickles, they said they were free! Usually they cost 2 dollars. The service was...

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  • Good193 Reviews3.3