From hearty Italian to fresh Mexican to all-American, La Mesa is brimming with delicious restaurants, and the seemingly endless options can make it a pretty tough choice. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve rounded up some of our very favorite eateries. No matter your food preferences, you’re bound to find your new favorite spot when you check out any of the following lip-smacking options.
For nearly 40 years, Casa de Pico has served up some of the best Mexican food in California. When you step inside, you’ll be greeted with a full-on, Mexican-inspired experience, including hacienda-like archways, hand-crafted wrought-iron fixtures, and beautiful landscaping. You’ll enjoy your authentic meals to the tune of strolling mariachis and, if you’re in a fiesta-like mood, you can wash it down with a frosty margarita.
Looking for quick yet delicious comfort food? Then travel back in time to the 1950s-inspired diner at Burgers, Fish & Fries. This counter-service spot is technically considered fast food, but the meals taste a whole lot better than your typical fast food joint. Comfort food is the name of this restaurant’s game, offering a wide range of tasty options such as chili cheese dogs, fish sandwiches, and veggie burgers with sides of hand-breaded fried zucchini, nuggets, and onion rings.
The definition of the term “Hooley” means extended celebration, usually involving the consumption of alcohol, and this pub definitely lives up to its namesake! For nearly 20 years, Hooleys has served authentic Irish fare to satisfied La Mesa residents. You can dig into your choice of five different kinds of mac and cheese dishes, enjoy a stuffed potato pancake, or savor a traditional shepherd’s pie, just to name a few delights. And, of course, there’s plenty of Guinness™ to go around—including Guinness™ bratwurst and Guinness™ Irish stew.
For affordable Greek dining, it doesn’t get much better than The Greek Gyros II. Come for lunch or dinner and enjoy any number of generously portioned meals for a super low price. Nosh on customer favorites such as the egg lemon soup, beef kabob plate, fresh salad, and, of course, a wide range of mouth-watering gyros featuring warm and fluffy pitas that will leave you happy and satisfied all day.
You can get savory or sweet bites of Sicily at this Italian eatery that uses authentic family recipes. There are two main specialties at Roma Express. Arancini are rice balls with a savory filling that are rolled in breadcrumbs and fried to a delectable crunchy outer layer. The flavors here are numerous, including Artichoke Kale Mascarpone, Spinach Feta, or Buffalo Chicken Alfredo, and they all come with dipping sauces. On the sweet side is the cannoli, with flavors ranging from classic Vanilla Chocolate Chip to Strawberry Lemonade, as well as special monthly varieties. Wash it all down with one of the handcrafted Italian sodas.
This family-friendly restaurant is a great place to take the little ones for a fun and scrumptious Mexican dining experience. Serving up restaurant-quality meat at taco shop prices, it’s the perfect place to enjoy an affordable and delicious meal. From hearty carne asada burritos over sopa de tortilla to some of the best chilaquilles verdes you’ll ever have, this casual dining spot is the perfect way to chow down on a family meal.
Are you feeling hungry yet? If so, just get in the car and head to one of Grossmont’s tasty restaurant options—you have a lot to choose from, and wherever you go, you’re sure to leave with a full and satisfied stomach.