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With a concept imported straight from Italy and a menu of quickly made, fresh-to-order authentic dishes prepared using premium imported ingredients, Pasta Moto specializes in giving its customers a true taste of Italia in a time-efficient fashion. Start your boot-shaped feast with a half Caesar salad ($4) and chicken panini ($8.50), or devour delectable wedges of pizza napoletana, with smoked mozzarella, tomatoes, chicken, olives, and capers ($9.75), or pizza funghi, with mushrooms and white-truffle oil ($9.50). Pastafarians can order up al dente delicacies such as fusilli arrabbiata ($7.95), rigatoni bolognese ($9.25), and spaghetti puttanesca, made with olives, capers, anchovies, and tomato sauce ($8.95). Chicken parmesan ($12.75) comes with a side pasta and fresh sautéed veggies, and an order of Mama's turkey meatballs ($12) provides a trio of savory spheroids, forcing hungry jugglers to make tough choices.

9331 Mission Gorge Road
Santee,
CA
US

Rick Hallor knows there's only one good way to hang a sweater. Keeping his customers' clothes from stretching out may seem like a small nicety, but looking out for people has been the central aim in every professional endeavor he's ever undertaken, whether it was personal training in Illinois or firefighting in Colorado. After relocating to San Diego to escape the frigid Colorado winters and boredom that stems from living in an almost-square state, he decided to put his helpful spirit to use in the dry-cleaning arena. He purchased Speedy Cleaners in 2011, and now he and his wife Calley work to extend the life of their clients' clothing within their homey and welcoming shop.

The family-operated dry-cleaning business not only cleans people's day-to-day garments, but also restores family heirlooms such as wedding dresses. Garment repairs can also be done onsite, as Rick's staff includes both a professional seamstress and a cobbler.

9161 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee,
CA
US

The popular sandwich franchise offers an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups and salads. For a trimmer take, try a Torpedo ($4.00) or Bullet ($3.00), in which longer, leaner baguettes get packed with yummy stuffings, such as mozzarella, turkey, and basil pesto in the pesto turkey or heaping stacks of meat (ham, salami, capicola, pepperoni) in the italian. Other standouts include flatbread sammies ($3.00), flatbread salads ($3.19-$5.99), and Quizno's signature, classic, and toasty subs ($3.99–$8.29). Match-make any chip and 21-ounce fountain drink to its perfect sandwich mate for an additional charge View a complete menu here.

9862 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee,
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.

9343 Mission Gorge Road
Santee,
CA
US

Overlooking the bucolic green swells of the Carlton Oaks championship golf course, Oaks Bar + Grill satiates hunger in an elegant, airy space. Seated at the formidable wooden bar or in the spacious dining room, guests can help themselves to a sweeping selection of delicious American cuisine, from barbecue chicken pizza to grilled salmon with sauteed vegetables. The grill's specialties include its meat menu, which presents cured meat boards, premium Sterling Silver steaks, and juicy half-pound burgers.

9200 Inwood Dr
Santee,
CA
US

Jungle Gym & Cafe combines children's activities, fitness classes, and a gourmet café complete with free WiFi and two flat-screen TVs that light up with NFL action on Saturdays and Sundays. Children can cavort across bounce houses and block pits or partake in basketball and badminton, while watchful parents dine on turkey wraps or Greek salads. Meanwhile, group fitness-classes practice cardio dance, yoga, and aerobics. Inside the medical spa suite, a doctor helps parents regain their youth with chemical peels, Botox, and vein repair treatments.

8711 N Magnolia Ave
Santee,
CA
US