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starr Lite Apr 8, 2007 06:45 PM

any good places there to eat?

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  1. Alice Q RE: starr Lite Apr 8, 2007 06:57 PM

    I am assuming you mean San Diego? What kind of food are you looking for, and can you be more specific about the area you're interested in? The East County covers quite a large swath of ground - from La Mesa all the way out to Alpine.

    That being said, here are a few ideas:
    Antica Trattoria in La Mesa, www.anticatrattoria.com
    La Trattoria in Santee
    Taka Sushi in La Mesa
    D.Z. Akins - it has its detractors though
    The Beef n' Bun - a burger stand on Fletcher Parkway - good shakes!
    Gaetano's Pizza in Casa de Oro
    Sarita's Taco Shop in Casa de Oro
    Panera Bakery in Grossmont Center for sandwiches and pastries.
    Ranas.com - Mexico City Cuisine, also in Casa de Oro
    Janet's Cafe - in Rancho San Diego and I think a couple of other locations
    Chef Axel German food in La Mesa
    (those last three I have not tried)

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    1. re: Alice Q
      starr Lite RE: Alice Q Apr 8, 2007 06:59 PM

      The Alpine and lakeside areas? I ate at the Bread Basket and it was awful,very dirty.

      1. re: starr Lite
        Alice Q RE: starr Lite Apr 8, 2007 07:01 PM

        Sorry, don't have any ideas for you there.

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          The Old Man RE: starr Lite Mar 27, 2008 09:53 PM

          That's exactly what we noticed. They do great marketing though.

        2. re: Alice Q
          engineer_charley RE: Alice Q Mar 27, 2008 10:38 AM

          Chef Axel was pretty good (certainly better than what was replaced), but he has since become a catering outfit -- no more table service.

        3. phee RE: starr Lite Apr 8, 2007 08:22 PM

          There is also a Gaetano's in Lakeside, on Old Hwy. 8. My son tells me there's a little place called Cafe 67 at 67 and Mapleview that serves up a good breakfast. I believe they're only open for breakfast and lunch, however. The Bread Basket used to be alot better before the original owners sold it. They still make decent baked goods, but we usually get them from the bakery to go. My friend lives in Alpine, and likes Donato's for Italian, though I've never tried it. Kind of a culinary wasteland out there.

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            Cathy RE: starr Lite Mar 27, 2008 11:55 AM

            Shizuoka Japanese in the mall with the Souplantation and Michael's on Fletcher Parkway.
            Oiishi: Japanese, Thai and Sushi on Mast in Santee. Fresh and excellent.
            Greek Style chicken at 67 and Prospect exit.
            Senor Taquito on Bradly just East of 67 next to the 7-11 is an absolute hole in the wall taco shop that makes their corn tortillas fresh and also some great mulitas. Depending on your craving, I could list about 10 different taco shops and their specialties...ceviche, mashed potato tacos...

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              soulshine RE: Cathy Mar 29, 2008 09:13 PM

              Cathy, where can I find mashed potato tacos?

              1. re: soulshine
                phee RE: soulshine Mar 30, 2008 12:12 AM

                Mama Testa's has mashed potato tacos.

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                  DiningDiva RE: soulshine Mar 30, 2008 11:30 AM

                  Many taquerias offer them as rolled tacos. El Cuervo and El Zarape both do. The best mashed potato tacos are at Mama Testa's. Look for them in the Tacos Duros category. They're called Empapado. This is my single favorite thing on their menu.

                  1. re: soulshine
                    Cathy RE: soulshine Mar 30, 2008 01:53 PM

                    Best ones are at Buenos Dias, on Jackson just south of the 8, across from the Honey Baked Ham and Taco Bell...sort of around the corner from that Ralphs at Grossmont. It shares the same parking lot as a Laundromat.

                    Trust me. I *have* tried them all.

                    Oh, and Buenos Dias is open 24/7. You have to only use the drive thru after a certain hour instead of walking up.

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                      soulshine RE: Cathy Mar 30, 2008 11:30 PM

                      Thanks Cathy!

                      I've had them at Mama Testa's and they *were* very good, but I wanted to know of a decent place in East County to get them.

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                        DougOLis RE: Cathy Apr 7, 2008 06:08 AM

                        Do you know what they're called there? I didn't see any mashed potato tacos on the menu but they did have potato burritos.

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                          Cathy RE: DougOLis Apr 7, 2008 07:59 AM

                          It says 'potato taquito' $1.50


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                            DougOLis RE: Cathy Apr 7, 2008 09:24 AM

                            Ahh, cool. Thanks!

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                    JRSD RE: starr Lite Mar 27, 2008 12:19 PM

                    Liar's Club in Alpine has excellent food and an amazing beer selection

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                      Ed Dibble RE: JRSD Apr 7, 2008 07:02 AM

                      I just stopped in and looked over the Liar's Club this last weekend. What a nice space. 34 taps. Great selection of IPAs. Didn't eat anything, but the food was always very good when they were located in Mission Beach. I can't imagine it has gone downhill.


                    2. DiningDiva RE: starr Lite Mar 27, 2008 12:47 PM


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