Welcome back to mmm-yoso!!! which is a food blog. Kirk and His Missus are on a vacation, somewhere in the world. As a result, He is not blogging (that whole internet access in a foreign country thing). ed, (from Yuma) is not blogging because of that employment thing. Cathy, who apparently does not vacation nor have employment, is blogging.
On the SouthWest Corner of Baltimore Drive at Lake Murray, a small building has been home to quite a few restaurants which have come and gone. Gus's, a family owned place, with its first location in Point Loma, has established itself in La Mesa for almost three years now.
Gus's is famous for its sub sandwiches, Italian, Greek, Mexican and Portuguese sandwiches and pizzas. However this location also serves breakfast, opening at 7 a.m. daily.
A small inside eating area of about 20 tables, along with about the same size patio area, Gus's has the menu board for its sandwich and pizza selections just above the cash register. There is a separate breakfast menu, with Monday-Friday specials on chalkboards inside, at the door and stickers in the windows and on the menu. All different specials. The portion sizes are larger than you would expect. Gus's serves affordable, filling, satisfying food, just as a good neighborhood place should.
For His breakfast, The Mister chose the Combo, a four egg fritatta. A fritatta is described on the menu as a "Fancy Italian Omelette" It comes with a choice of two sides. The Mister chose the pancakes...
and the hash browns. You can see a cross section of his fritatta; pretty much all meat filled. Combo Fritatta is made with the four eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, mushrooms which are combined and then baked and topped with the two cheeses. (The rye toast is one of my sides.) His meal was $7.75.
I had an urge for steak and eggs. Of course, I wanted poached eggs. I asked for home fries (I was asked if I wanted onions and green peppers cooked with my home fries) along with the rye toast. This was a good sized top sirloin, not the thin cut '6 ounces before-cooking' piece of meat I was expecting. I asked for it medium rare and it was. The grill marks on the steak were real. The meat had been seasoned before cooking and I did not feel the need to add A-1 at the table. Surprising, both in quantity and quality.
I mentioned Portuguese...One 'side' item sold here is linguica (Portuguese sausage). That sausage is rarely seen on menus in East County...the "Neighborhood Omelette" is made with four eggs and has linguica, shrimp, mushrooms, onions, ortega chili, tomatoes and cheese: A fitting tribute to the Portuguese Community which settled in San Diego five generations ago. The 101st Portuguese Festa do Divino Espiritu Santo is June 10-11-12 this year. The oldest Festival in our County.
Gus's Subs and Pizza- East County 5620 Baltimore Street La Mesa 91942 (619)462-4877 Open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily