Personality. That’s the first word that comes to mind when walking into Cafe 67. Located at the end of Highway 67 in Lakeside, keep an eye out for the large corner Cafe 67 Movie Marquee sign. A local favorite restaurant in the East County area of San Diego, people love its home cooking, quick and friendly service, and the unique movie décor from old, classic movies.
Owner, Brenda Asaro, finally found the perfect location for Café 67 in 2005 after searching for over two years. Brenda’s background comes with over twenty-five years of experience in the restaurant industry. Many San Diegans know her as one of the original owners of the Antique Row Cafe in El Cajon. After outgrowing the Antique Row location, Brenda found the perfect size eatery to keep the quality in her food high and with speedy, friendly service to all her customers.
Upon entering, my partner, Bob, and I were kindly greeted by staff member, Don. We sat down at a window booth looking out to the mountains off Interstate 67. The waitress, Nikki, promptly came by to take drink orders and answer questions about the menu. When asked about the local favorites, the top breakfast sellers are the Works Omelettes (a favorite of my dining partner’s young daughter) and the breakfast croissant. When asked for lunch recommendations, Nikki immediately suggested the Frisco burger, served on grilled sourdough with parmesan cheese sprinkles. I was ready to order that when she mentions the Monte Cristo sandwich on special that is grilled instead of fried. Always open to a rare opportunity, I decided to order that. Bob decided to order the Rueben sandwich on marble rye. Sandwiches are served with a choice of fries, soup, salad or applesauce. My Monte Cristo was lightly grilled, with a small amount of powdered sugar sprinkled on top. A taste of the Rueben sandwich found the corned beef to be extremely tender, accompanied with fresh sauerkraut. One of the best parts of the meal is that the home fries come made with melted cheddar cheese on top!
We finished our meal with a chocolate shake – not too thick, not too melted – but I still needed a spoon to eat it.
Café 67 welcome families and there is a separate children’s menu for those under 12 years old. Make sure you come hungry, too, because the portions are huge. Catering and delivery service is also an option for business lunches and events. If you are looking for a unique banquet room setting, Café 67 has a “Hot Rod Racing Theme” from days gone by that is available for meetings, gatherings or private parties.
Overall, Café 67 is a cozy, comfortable restaurant to soak in the oldies tunes and take in the movie décor and the outside scenery.
12381 Mapleview Street at Highway 67
Lakeside, CA 92040
- By Grace Tayama