Welcome back once more to mmm-yoso!!! Kirk is still very busy and Ed (from Yuma) is similarly occupied, so Cathy is writing a post to keep you interested in stopping by our little blog.
Noticing that Kirk had missed a 'Sunday Sandwich' post and figuring maybe (based on vehicle traffic patterns) that some readers of our blog live and occasionally drive East, I thought an update to a post from 2010 was in order. I had planned to do a series of 'pastrami' only posts, but merely ate and stopped documenting.
Located in an industrial area of El Cajon, one block West and parallel to the 67 North of I-8, Antonelli's Deli, family owned and operated, has been in the same location since 1984.
The walk-up/order/pay area is convenient and there is plenty of seating inside and outside. The menu categories consist of Breakfast Sandwiches, Sub Sandwiches, Cold Sandwiches, Hot Sandwiches, Salads, Soup and Chili.
Above, a #41- Egg, bacon, ham, sausage, cheese Breakfast Sandwich (served all day) ($3.95) The sub roll is one of many bread choices here, and standard with the breakfast sandwiches. Fresh, warm, crispy and chewy and quite filled with the meats, cheese and egg, this is enough to share.
Some days, I just want a simple grilled cheese sandwich (#34, $4.25) and order it on the marble (rye/pumpernickel) bread, to make it a bit fancy (and tasty- rye is my favorite). Grilled on a flat top to crispy perfection, the melty American slices are part of the comfort.
Chili with cheddar and onions are available daily. The small ($4.15) is quite hearty, filled with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, green chili and a pleasant blend of spices. [There are also two 'soup of the day' choices, except on Saturday when Italian Wedding Soup is the available flavor].
Above, from the 'Hot Sandwiches' area of the menu, a Pastrami and Swiss on rye (# 22, $7.15) ordered without kraut this day...very good pastrami along with all the other quality ingredients. A favorite.
Above, a 4" sub sandwich- Capocollo and cheese (Provolone) (#3, $5.15). Subs can be ordered in 4, 8 and 12 inch sizes. As you can see, there is no skimping on the fillings (standard toppings on Subs include lettuce, tomato, onion, oil & vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano).
This local little Deli is another hidden gem in East County.
Antonelli's Deli 1354 North Magnolia El Cajon 92020 (619)440-8460 Mon-Fri 7-4, Sat 8-4, Closed Sunday Website