The wasteland on the I 15 coming back to the Inland Empire is pitted with a miserable array of fast food joints. Just by chance we got off the freeway at the Centre drive exit in Escondido to the following:
Centre City Cafe, owned by a Serb family and the MENU: Stuffed cabbage rolls and Chicken and Dumplings on the Wednesday special just like Aunt Masha used to make (OK I didn't have an Aunt Masha!) -just plate licking. The rolls were filled with a wonderful combo of ground meat, peppers, onion and a light light tomato sauce, served with vegetables and real mashed potatoes. Dumplings were fluffy and light and the cream gravy was just plain good food. These specials were $5.99. Thursday's special is Roast Pork and sauerkraut. I asked the owner, Alex (woman) whether or not the cook was Serb and she said that on Wednesday and Thursday a Bulgarian woman (who speaks only Bulgarian) comes in to cook these special dishes, which is obviously why they taste the way they do. It was just heaven.
Centre City Cafe (Alex)
2680 S. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025