Located in a couple sections of a building just about at the corner of La Mesa Blvd and 4th Ave Johnny B's comes across as a bit crowded. The elevation of the entrance is about a foot lower than the back section bar / kitchen area and that's lower than the out door patio.
The smell of burgers and frys cooking is the first thing to hit you. Next is the very friendly staff who are attentive to your needs.
Favorite Dish: For me it's the burgers and extra crispy frys. Getting frys really crispy without burning is a talent and Johnny B's came through on the first try. I'll be back.
The great selection of draught beers is also a good reason to come back.
This is a local novelty store full of British-y stuff. The staff seem really sweet and helpful. There are three categories this establishment could be listed under; Restaurant tips, Shopping tips and Nightlife tips. I'll start here in "Restaurants."
When I first saw the place I thought it was some sort of antique shop. Lovely tea sets displayed in the windows. Then I found out that it was a shop full of items from the British Isles, not only catering to the expats, but anyone who wants to try out British fare as well. Some things can be consumed on site and other things can be purchased and taken home to cook yourself.
I haven't a clue what many of the things listed below are, but have been curious because of many food converstations in the Forums. I plan to return to ATB&B to give them a try.
The prices for many things are a bit high, but what can be expected when purchasing unique and imported products?
Favorite Dish: Though ATB&B isn't exactly a restaurant or even a Tea House, you can consume a few things, like British teas and scones with Devonshire Cream on premise and they have outside seating.
I haven't tried most of the things I'd like but you should know that they carry such items as canned goods, English teas, ginger beverages, frozen Shepard's pie, frozen Cornish pasties, Banger rolls, I have no idea what they are, but would like to try them. They even have Steak & Kidney pies, Meat pies, Worcestershire cashews, cans of custard and boxes of powder to make it from scratch, Devonshire cream, jams, "biscuits" (cookies) not to mention haggis, and Vegemite!
This family owned pizza place was established over thirty-three years ago and is a favorite of La Mesa locals. One reason for considering this place is that it is so near the SD Trolley station at Spring Street.
The look of it is not impressive, but as with most local neighborhood favorites, that is something easily not noticed. They probably haven't changed the look much since opening day. This is not a "tourist spot" so isn't pretentious.
They are opened seven days a week for Lunch and Dinner. Specials are offered each weekday at a reduced price and probably would be a good time to check it out. The prices are modest at dinner as well and pizzas are priced by the number of toppings chosen.
One warning I'd mention is that on Thursday evenings during the summer a popular event, The Car Show, will limit easy parking in this area, but would be an interesting time to visit if you like well cared for cars.
Of course, arriving by SD Trolley would solve the parking problem.
One person suggested taking a look at:
Because sometimes there is a coupon offered for a discount at Sanfillipo's.
Favorite Dish: I haven't tried the food out here yet and when I do I'll give my opinion. Honestly, if it hadn't been so early in the morning when I arrived and if I had any money, I would have tried it out.
A few locals who really love it, said the service is friendly and efficient. The food is good, but what most intrigues me is that they place all the ingredients under the cheese on the pizza, which makes it more flavorful, IMO. They pile the cheese on the pizza too and they are generous with their portions of other items, lasagna, spaghetti, chicken parmigiana and that sort of dish.
They serve beer and wine.
Casa de Pico has been my favorite Mexican restaurant for many years. It used to be located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park in the Bazaar del Mundo, for about 35 years, before the lease ran out. Since, it had to be moved to another location which turned out to be here in La Mesa. The Grossmont Center is a popular place to shop and there are several other restaurants in this center, but the only one that draws my attention is Casa de Pico.
One thing that has really helped Casa de Pico survive this move is that it is as much a favorite of San Diego residents as to "tourists." However, as a tourist you can get there easily on the SD Trolley and either enjoy your first experience or finding the place you had liked going to on earlier visits to San Diego.
The quality of the food, the happy servers and the festive atmosphere runs high all the time. Mariachis/Troubadors roam through the restaurant to entertain and there is a feeling of "the best part of Mexico" is to be found here.
Sometimes there is a very long wait to be seated and when possible I take a seat in the Cantina and order from there. It's quicker when really hungry.
Favorite Dish: They still have the biggest Margaritas in town! What I like to order, depending on my mood at the time are Tacos al Pastor, Chicken Fajitas, Carne Asada, and Carnitas are my favorites, but everything else is just as good.
The first building on the street that I noticed on La Mesa Boulevard. It was early morning and looked pretty big compared to the other buildings along this block. The Marrujo family opened it in 1974 and seems pretty popular. There is a nice sized fenced area for outside dining or just stopping for a drink from their full service bar and it is heated on cooler days.
During the week they open at eleven in the morning, but on weekends they open at nine and serve breakfast.
Favorite Dish: So far I haven't tried this out yet either, but the locals like it and it does look inviting. The menu is extensive and there are a few items not found in the usual independently owned Mexican restaurants.
The prices are a little higher than I'm used to for a local place but not verymuch higher.
D.Z. Atkin's is a New York style Jewish deli that is famous for its baseball siz matzo ball soup. This place is the place to be for Sunday brunch.
Favorite Dish: Anything on the Breakfast menu. (They serve breakfast all day).