Refueled at Rudford’s!

I’m very lucky to live in close proximity to El Cajon Boulevard, around the blocks of Alabama Street to 30th Street, in San Diego. There are so many great restaurants in that small area: Mama’s Bakery (, Pizzeria Luigi’s (, Pomegranate (, Eclipse Chocolate (, Tiger! Tiger! ( – I could go on.

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Over the weekend, I decided to try out a spot I’ve passed by countless times: Rudford’s ( It’s a diner that has been around since 1946. The front cover of their menu has a photograph of President Kennedy‘s motorcade passing by the restaurant with him waving to the crowds on the street. Very cool! This is how a diner should feel! There were a bunch of regulars who knew the servers’ names and were bellied up to the bar with delicious plates of breakfast grub. There are a bunch of comfortable booths, too. Franz and I grabbed a booth and decided on what to order. We shared a Cinnamon Roll that came out hot, soft and oozing with icing. It was really fresh and tasty. As we were eating our food, I couldn’t help but notice everything that passed us looked really good. I made a mental note to order waffles next time.

My order of Corned Beef Hash, 2 Eggs (over easy, as always), and Toast (rye, hold the butter) came out super hot, and it was delicious. The house made salsa, which is on every table, was excellent! I put it all over my food. It has a kick that might hurt my sister, but it had the perfect amount of heat for me! What better to put out the heat? A cool glass of chocolate milk. So yummy!

Franz ordered Chicken Fried Steak and 2 Eggs, with Potatoes and Toast. I always feel the best way to judge a diner is to order their Chicken Fried Steak. It’s something so indulgent and so classic. He asked for his hash browns to be “well done”, and they were – that doesn’t always happen. He really appreciated the fact that the gravy was under the meat so that it kept the gravy hot. Genius! Our total bill was about $24.

The people working there were so friendly. A couple of servers, who knew we weren’t regulars, asked how everything was and hoped we would come back. I whole heartedly told them I would! Breakfast is served 24 hours a day, and lunch and main entrees are served after 11am. If you go on a weekday, there is a coupon on the website for $2 off a menu item over $8. The only drawback was that there were no milkshakes on the menu. I assumed a place like this would have them, so that was a little disappointing. However, Buttermilk is on the menu – my Dad will love that! And next time he’s in town, we’re going there!!

Take Care and Happy Eating!

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