The East County city of El Cajon, located just 17 miles from downtown San Diego, offers a large variety of dining options, from classic breakfast spots to barbecue and Italian fare, but the area has become particularly known for its family-run Middle Eastern restaurants that serve as a gateway to the wonders of Lebanese, Syrian, and Iraqi cuisine.
Points on this map are arranged from north to south. Know of any great restaurants to check out in the El Cajon area? Send us a tip.
A number of San Diego restaurants have resumed outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit San Diego’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More