A Spotlight on El Cajon Boulevard’s West End Hub
The Lafayette Hotel is a historic icon in San Diego, and a beacon that welcomes tourists and locals alike to El Cajon Boulevard. It is no wonder that National Geographic’s list of Top 20 destinations around the world selected the Lafayette Hotel as the place to stay while exploring the bi-national sister cities of San Diego and Tijuana.
Experiencing great restaurants will always be an appeal to tourists, so it wasn’t long after the hotel was built in 1946 that the Red Fox Room opened within the hotel quarters. The Red Fox has kept its classic charm, and remains a sought out destination for their great piano bar and old school cuisine.
Surrounding the hotel is an incredible grouping of ethnic food including Pomegranate, a Russian restaurant that attracts a unique clientele with an appreciation for the old world. Next door is Flavors of East Africa is which offers delicious flavors from Chef Owino’s home country of Kenya. For amazing homemade Lebanese wraps, Mama’s Bakery is one of the best lunch spots in town, not only for the food, but also for the casual outdoor seating available on the adjacent public parklet.
The Live Wire, now going on their 25th year is recognized as a pioneer in capturing a local night life scene on The Boulevard when times were a lot tougher than they are now. As North Park continues to grow in popularity as the urban center of San Diego, El Cajon Boulevard’s West-End continues to populate with locally-oriented businesses. Negociant Winery, at the corner of Texas Street and El Cajon Boulevard exemplifies a new burgeoning economy of urban wineries. Pizzeria Luigi’s just doubled in size, filling the space with foosball and a pool table, all while slinging more and more thin crust pizzas. Newcomer Twisted Taps offers a great selection of local beer and farm to table cuisine.
With so many thriving businesses encompassing El Cajon Boulevard’s West End Hub, it is no wonder there are four new multi-story mix-use developments underway in the area, which means a larger community of people attracted to the vitality of urban living and small business activity.