Lemon Grove: Best California steak?

For forty years, people have been trekking here for the steak-avo-cheese sandwich

Oh man. This steak of Alfredo's is da bomb. Has avocado, pepper jack, and a raft of sautéed onions.

I'm in lunch heaven...

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by Ed Bedford

...Got vinegar on the fries, and Lori pouring endless refills in my $2 cawfee, and even though they're closing at two - like, now - she says "Don't hurry, hon. We've got plenty of cleaning up to do."

This is the Food Factory (7914 Broadway, Lemon Grove, 619-462-1919).

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by Ed Bedford

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by Ed Bedford

It's a little diner with red booths and a long counter.

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by Ed Bedford

Just the right size. Place has been going 40 years, as of January. 

"Secret's the good top sirloin they use," says Alfredo the cook. "It's always tender."

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Top sirloin must be the secret. This is squelchy, cheesy, avocadoey, tender, in a crisp bun.

And Bob and Lori Bailey...

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by Ed Bedford

...have been running it, behind this intimate little counter, with its kitchen right here, for every one of these forty years. Started at age 23. 

"Back then," says Bob, "a burger cost 40 cents."

My California steak, with fries, cost me $7.75. 

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That steak sandwich looks rad. I think it's almost a Tour de Cheesesteak bonus stage!

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