My thanks to Jim Strain and all the others here who recommended Pomegranate, the Russian/Georgian place at El Cajon and Louisiana.
Four of us went there and had a great time. The service was friendly and the atmosphere pleasant and relaxed.
We all loved the combo salad plate - a lot of good tastes of interesting salads and veggies. The cheese pie (our other appetizer) was a nice choice along with the combo mostly for the pastry as the cheese was pretty ordinary. But it did go well with the salads.
The specials that night were what were called cutlets - two ground meat patties (either mixed chicken/pork served with pickled veggies or mixed lamb/beef served with a tomato and cuke salad). Both were moist and flavorful - just wonderful - and I was impressed that the sides were different and chosen to complement the flavors of the patties.
I had another special - basically a chicken leg quarter in a walnut sauce flavored with cinamon. Chris had the lamb shashlik, skewered marinated lamb. Both came with potato, grilled zucchini, and a roasted and peeled Asian eggplant that was smoky and flavorful. Both of our entrees were good.
The only shortcoming is that there is currently no written wine list. We had a dry red wine from Georgia that was perfectly OK, but the bottled Imperial Russian stouts that we had with the appetizers were most impressive.
Anyway, thanks again to everyone who recommended this place. One of my friends said, "We love going out and eating with you because you always know the good places." Well, I only know the good places because you guys tell me where they are.