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Guidebook for La Mesa

Susan

Guidebook for La Mesa

Food Scene
Great Italian food in quaint La Mesa Village location
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Tiramisu Trattoria
8273 La Mesa Blvd
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Great Italian food in quaint La Mesa Village location
Delicious Russian food. Sundays and Thursdays they have soup dumplings, which are a must-try!!
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Pomegranate
2312 El Cajon Blvd
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Delicious Russian food. Sundays and Thursdays they have soup dumplings, which are a must-try!!
Trendy place in La Mesa Village. The Brussels sprouts are excellent!
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BO-beau kitchen + garden
8384 La Mesa Boulevard
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Trendy place in La Mesa Village. The Brussels sprouts are excellent!
Authentic Ethiopian food
GIHON Ethiopian Kitchen
2432 El Cajon Boulevard
Authentic Ethiopian food
If you need a pho fix, this place is close by and delish!
Pho And Grill International
9610 Campo Rd
If you need a pho fix, this place is close by and delish!
Sushi and Japanese food
Arigato Restaurant
5575 Baltimore Dr
Sushi and Japanese food
Nothing fancy about this place, but the verde and mole stewed meats are divine! They will let you sample anything you wish.
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Super Cocina
3627 University Avenue
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Nothing fancy about this place, but the verde and mole stewed meats are divine! They will let you sample anything you wish.
Endless menu of Vietnamese specialties, including pho, spring rolls, broken rice and bahn mi.
Saigon Restaurant
4455 El Cajon Boulevard
Endless menu of Vietnamese specialties, including pho, spring rolls, broken rice and bahn mi.
Affordable Mexican food, close to the guest house. Try the California burrito or the ceviche.
Sarita's Taco Shop
9906 Campo Road
Affordable Mexican food, close to the guest house. Try the California burrito or the ceviche.
Little deli with all sorts of sandwich options, close to the guest house.
Sunrise Deli New York Style
9945 Campo Road
Little deli with all sorts of sandwich options, close to the guest house.
Authentic Ethiopian. Can be very slow service on the weekends, so I don't recommend taking young kids there. Food is EXCELLENT.
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Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant
4717 University Avenue
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Authentic Ethiopian. Can be very slow service on the weekends, so I don't recommend taking young kids there. Food is EXCELLENT.
Delicious Indian/Himalayan food with a cute interior. The garlic naan is a must. We also love the tikka masala and vindaloo dishes.
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Himalayan Cuisine
7918 El Cajon Boulevard
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Delicious Indian/Himalayan food with a cute interior. The garlic naan is a must. We also love the tikka masala and vindaloo dishes.
Upscale restaurant with a delicious menu. Close to the guest house. Great for a romantic dinner.
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Brigantine Seafood Restaurant
9350 Fuerte Drive
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Upscale restaurant with a delicious menu. Close to the guest house. Great for a romantic dinner.
Great sushi restaurant that is close by.
Yi Sushi
2650 Jamacha Road
Great sushi restaurant that is close by.
Quaint, walkable village setting with some great restaurants!
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La Mesa Boulevard
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Quaint, walkable village setting with some great restaurants!
If you're looking for healthy breakfast/brunch options, this will do it! They are also open for lunch and dinner.
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Swami's Cafe
8284 La Mesa Boulevard
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If you're looking for healthy breakfast/brunch options, this will do it! They are also open for lunch and dinner.
Great Russian food and cute furniture. Hole-in-the-wall.
The Village House Kalina
8302 Parkway Dr
Great Russian food and cute furniture. Hole-in-the-wall.
Excellent pho and other Vietnamese foods.
Pho OLALA
9735 Campo Rd
Excellent pho and other Vietnamese foods.
Great coffees/teas/pastries and a decent selection of meals. Sometimes there is live music.
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Sheldon's Service Station
8401 La Mesa Blvd
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Great coffees/teas/pastries and a decent selection of meals. Sometimes there is live music.
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Public Square Coffee House
8278 La Mesa Blvd
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Restaurant in a historic building in Old Town San Diego. Authentic Old West interior and furniture makes this place fun to visit!
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Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant
2660 Calhoun Street
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Restaurant in a historic building in Old Town San Diego. Authentic Old West interior and furniture makes this place fun to visit!
Sightseeing
Cute shops on the harbor, great people watching, restaurants are touristy
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Seaport Village
849 West Harbor Drive
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Cute shops on the harbor, great people watching, restaurants are touristy
Wide open sandy beaches, boardwalk, people watching, lots of restaurants. Parking can be tricky.
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Pacific Beach
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Wide open sandy beaches, boardwalk, people watching, lots of restaurants. Parking can be tricky.
Lots of museums and cultural spots to explore in Balboa Park.
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Balboa Park
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Lots of museums and cultural spots to explore in Balboa Park.
Experience the history of early San Diego here! Historic buildings include museums, unique retail shops, and restaurants. We love getting freshly-made tortillas filled with butter or fresh salsa from Cafe Coyote. The woman who makes the tortillas has been doing this for decades! Our favorite restaurant in Old Town is the Cosmopolitan, which is in a historic hotel building with authentic old west decor and furniture. The food is always very good here!
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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4002 Wallace Street
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Experience the history of early San Diego here! Historic buildings include museums, unique retail shops, and restaurants. We love getting freshly-made tortillas filled with butter or fresh salsa from Cafe Coyote. The woman who makes the tortillas has been doing this for decades! Our favorite restaurant in Old Town is the Cosmopolitan, which is in a historic hotel building with authentic old west decor and furniture. The food is always very good here!
For a classic Southern California boardwalk experience, start here. Restaurants and retail shops abound!
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Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages
4500 Ocean Boulevard
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For a classic Southern California boardwalk experience, start here. Restaurants and retail shops abound!
Entertainment & Activities
The iconic San Diego Zoo.
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San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
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The iconic San Diego Zoo.
Huge water park, open in the summer. Lines can be very long on the weekends!
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Aquatica San Diego
2052 Entertainment Circle
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Huge water park, open in the summer. Lines can be very long on the weekends!
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SeaWorld
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Paragliding and hang gliding near La Jolla.
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Torrey Pines Gliderport
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
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Paragliding and hang gliding near La Jolla.
Classic beach-side amusement park, complete with wooden roller coaster and bumper cars. There is also a zip line and small ropes course. Tons of fun for kids and adults!
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Belmont Park
3146 Mission Boulevard
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Classic beach-side amusement park, complete with wooden roller coaster and bumper cars. There is also a zip line and small ropes course. Tons of fun for kids and adults!
Fun hands-on activities for kids and adults alike. My kids love the clay area, where they can sculpt whatever they like and leave it out to dry while they explore the rest of the space.
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The New Children’s Museum
200 West Island Avenue
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Fun hands-on activities for kids and adults alike. My kids love the clay area, where they can sculpt whatever they like and leave it out to dry while they explore the rest of the space.
Parks & Nature
Inspiring views from the top of this little-known park, very close to our guest house! Take a short 1/4 mile hike around the pinnacle.
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Mt. Helix Park
4905 Mount Helix Drive
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Inspiring views from the top of this little-known park, very close to our guest house! Take a short 1/4 mile hike around the pinnacle.
Great place to go for a walk or run
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Mission Trails Regional Park Lake Murray
5540 Kiowa Drive
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Great place to go for a walk or run
With over 40 miles of hiking trails, there is something for every type of hiker or nature lover. If you're feeling extra adventurous, look up the Mission Trails 5 Peak Challenge! For families, I recommend the Mission Trails Visitor Center, which has fun activities for kids and ranger-led hikes.
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Mission Trails Regional Park
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail
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With over 40 miles of hiking trails, there is something for every type of hiker or nature lover. If you're feeling extra adventurous, look up the Mission Trails 5 Peak Challenge! For families, I recommend the Mission Trails Visitor Center, which has fun activities for kids and ranger-led hikes.
Playground, tennis courts, and big grassy open space
La Mesita Park
8855 Dallas Street
Playground, tennis courts, and big grassy open space
National monument at the tip of Point Loma, with sweeping panoramic ocean and downtown SD views.
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Cabrillo National Monument
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National monument at the tip of Point Loma, with sweeping panoramic ocean and downtown SD views.
Cliffs, beautiful sunsets, and lots of hiking options.
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Torrey Pines State Reserve
12600 North Torrey Pines Road
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Cliffs, beautiful sunsets, and lots of hiking options.
Where lush alpine forests meet the dry, desolate desert below... Prepare for amazing views from many spots all along Sunrise Highway! This is truly one of my favorite places on earth. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through Mt. Laguna, so there are lots of opportunities to pick up a little section of this famous trail that runs from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada.
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Mount Laguna
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Where lush alpine forests meet the dry, desolate desert below... Prepare for amazing views from many spots all along Sunrise Highway! This is truly one of my favorite places on earth. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through Mt. Laguna, so there are lots of opportunities to pick up a little section of this famous trail that runs from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada.
We love checking out Green Valley Falls in the spring and early summer. Usually dries up by late July. There are also lots and lots of hiking opportunities throughout the state park.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Visitor Center
We love checking out Green Valley Falls in the spring and early summer. Usually dries up by late July. There are also lots and lots of hiking opportunities throughout the state park.
Basketball court, playground, splash pad for kids, grassy open field, sidewalks.
Hilton Head County Park
16005 Hilton Head Rd
Basketball court, playground, splash pad for kids, grassy open field, sidewalks.
Drinks & Nightlife
This place has all kinds of beers and wines. Good place to hang out without a bar atmosphere.
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KnB Bistro - Del Cerro
6380 Del Cerro Boulevard
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This place has all kinds of beers and wines. Good place to hang out without a bar atmosphere.
Essentials
Laundromat that gets good reviews and is close to shopping. Also has free Wi-Fi.
Quality Wash - Coin Laundry - Dry Cleaning - Fluff and Fold Service
Laundromat that gets good reviews and is close to shopping. Also has free Wi-Fi.
Trader Joe's in La Mesa.
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Trader Joe's
5495 Grossmont Center Drive
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Trader Joe's in La Mesa.
Health food store that has good specials, and on Wednesdays you get the specials for both weeks (prior week and upcoming week). Bulk foods. Great selection of vitamins, essential oils, health/beauty too.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
4630 Palm Avenue
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Health food store that has good specials, and on Wednesdays you get the specials for both weeks (prior week and upcoming week). Bulk foods. Great selection of vitamins, essential oils, health/beauty too.
When you need a standard grocery store, this is the closest one to our guest house.
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Vons
1201 Avocado Avenue
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When you need a standard grocery store, this is the closest one to our guest house.
Great middle eastern grocery store! Produce is cheap and varied. Try the freshly baked breads and mana'eesh.
North Park Produce
432 East Chase Avenue
Great middle eastern grocery store! Produce is cheap and varied. Try the freshly baked breads and mana'eesh.
If you need a convenience store, this is the closest one.
7-Eleven
4610 Avocado Blvd
If you need a convenience store, this is the closest one.
Great Mexican market. Also has a deli section with great tacos and a good selection of prepared meats.
Foodland
1099 E Main St
Great Mexican market. Also has a deli section with great tacos and a good selection of prepared meats.
Everything Else
If you're looking for a library, this is a nice one!
Rancho San Diego Library
11555 Via Rancho San Diego
If you're looking for a library, this is a nice one!
If you're looking for a casino that's not too far away, this will do! The buffet is outstanding, and the food court is surprisingly delicious. We go there just to eat sometimes! My favorite food court item is the street tacos for $1.50!
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Barona Resort & Casino
1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd
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locals recommend
If you're looking for a casino that's not too far away, this will do! The buffet is outstanding, and the food court is surprisingly delicious. We go there just to eat sometimes! My favorite food court item is the street tacos for $1.50!