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Masters of the sugared circle, Flour Power Custom Cakery's expert chefs whip up fork fodder decorated to fit all manners of cake-mandatory occasions. Their 8-inch cake can keep up to 13 mouths occupied with something other than shoe factory gossip, and can be gracefully adorned with streamers and confetti or buttercream roses. Customers also choose the colors and messages, providing a tasty way to say, "Sorry I told you I did your taxes but didn't." Flour Power Custom Cakery's stacked menu features all manner of flavors and frostings, from the chocojestic Classic Combo, which overloads light chocolate cake with mousse and fudge, to the Pudding Chiffon, an unassuming moist yellow cake hiding a valuable bavarian cream secret. Spoiled cake eaters get to select from both rich and airy frosting options, including the homemade english toffee buttercream and the popular whipped cream with shaved white chocolate.

2389 Fletcher Parkway
El Cajon,
CA
US

Mezzah dishes out a delicious tapas menu populated by shareable servings of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Greek cuisine. Pop the contents of a plate of garlic-and-chili-pepper-infused olives (a $5 value) into your open pucker for an aromatic appetizer with hints of sun-dried tomato before saturating already-marinated greek meatballs (a $6 value) in a dish of creamy greek yogurt sauce to cool down your palate. The Turkish-style meat-and-hummus plate (a $7 value) tops the creamy chickpea spread with a succulent crown of marinated ground beef, and vegetarians can delight in the Mezzah antipasto (an $8 value), a dish featuring assorted grilled veggies, feta, olives, and a noticeable absence of pasto. Because whistles cannot be wetted on tahini alone, diners and their dates can sweetly sip two glasses of house wine alongside their meal (up to a $6 value each) or apply the value toward a more expensive libation.

190 N Magnolia Ave
El Cajon,
CA
US

Food that puts a spring in your step and is satisfying yet nutritious--that's what's on the menu at Tropifruit 100% Natural Juice Bar. The staff blends fresh fruit and veggies into smoothies and juices that make for a healthier snack than a bagel dipped in Dorito dust. Customers can also order tortas and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits and salads. The juice bar reinforces its fresh, healthy outlooks with its decor, which features blond wood floors, avocado-colored walls, warm accents, and a counter full of iridescent tile work.

762 N Johnson Ave
El Cajon,
CA
US

7406 University Ave
La Mesa,
CA
US

Ciao Bella italian restaurant Beer and wine live dinner music fridays and saturdays dancing danceciaobella.com

5263 Baltimore Dr
La Mesa,
CA
US

Chtaura Mediterranean Restaurant treats its visitors to a feasts of hot and cold mezzes, beef and lamb kabobs, and sizzling plates of steak. Guests savor charbroiled lamb chops, spicy Lebanese beef kibbe, and creamy hummus dip, paired with earthy wisps of flavored smoke from a hookah pipe. On weekends, singers croon Arabic tunes and live DJs spin pounding tracks. That music animates belly dancers, who hypnotize diners with graceful movements. They can even light the entire bar on fire, forcing guest to choose to watch the dancers, the fire, or the sudden flock of moths.

6062 Lake Murray Blvd
La Mesa,
CA
US