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In 2005, you were never sure where Alana's Hawaiian Shave Ice trailer might pop up?shoppers spied it at local farmers markets, carousers ran into it at music festivals, and stargazers swore they'd caught a glimpse of it streaking across the night sky. In 2010 and 2011, they even made a steady appearance on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.

Today, the family dispenses its delicious desserts from not only their ice trailer but also a more permanent location: a cheerful stand named for their daughter, Alana. These newfound roots haven't affected the product, though; behind the counter, servers whip up the same frosty shave ices that made the family's original trailer so successful. They top the fluffy ice in tropical flavors such as guava, pineapple, and passion fruit, or blend multiple syrups to craft specialty combinations like Hawaiian Rainbow, Island Breeze, and Big Kahuna. These shave ices are served both plain and Hawaiian-style, which calls for ice cream on the bottom and sweet cream on top.

1297 E Main St
El Cajon,
CA
US

For nearly fifty years, the wait staff at The Pancake House Restaurant has been dropping by tables to plop down hearty plates of American diner food and refill guests' mugs with hot pours of coffee. The diner has filled up patrons with mouth-watering, hunger-slaughtering breakfast classics such as omelets filled with bacon and cheddar, french toast, and a family-style, all-you-can-eat platter of endless country potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and buttermilk pancakes. The restaurant stays open past breakfast to ride out its own coffee buzz and serve up lunch and dinner options such as deli sandwiches, fish ‘n’ chips, and pork chops.

1000 N 2nd St
El Cajon,
CA
US

If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice?s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn?t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it?s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.

Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there?s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there?s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice?all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.

In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.

12098 Fury Lane
El Cajon,
CA
US

Because their art has a small and edible canvas, sushi chefs must specialize in precision. They pick tiny yet often intense ingredients, packaging them neatly together for the best visual and flavorful presentation. At Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill, the challenge of their task is doubled—they wield spicy add-ons whose heat must balance the crispness of the seafood. The spicy lobster roll, for example, tops its mix of lobster, cucumber, and avocado with a drizzle of Sriracha sauce. There's also the sushi burrito, one of several fusion appetizers that wraps shrimp tempura and crab in soy paper, primed for dipping in house salsa.

Stuffed jalapeños, sushi tostadas, and rolls with habanero sauce bespeak the restaurant's fascination with the southwest. Still, there are classic Japanese dishes to be had. Entrees of chicken katsu and miso-glazed Chilean sea bass make for filling dinners, whereas bento box and teriyaki bowl lunch specials satisfy afternoon cravings. Hand rolls package eel and salmon skin inside seaweed shaped like a cone hat, which the staff imports directly from mermaid parties.

2986 Jamacha Rd
El Cajon,
CA
US