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D.Z. Akin's Delicatessen

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6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
+1 619-265-0218
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07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
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Toledo, Ohio
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was traveling for business & stumbled upon this deli. I was very excited to try this deli based on the reviews and it's been a while since I last had good Jewish style deli food. I went for lunch on a Sunday & this place was packed! I was seated pretty quickly & ordered a combination corned beef/pastrami sandwich... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most people in San Diego knows about DZ Akins, if you go or went to SDSU (I like did) you know about DZ Akins, the portion are HUGE and very easy to make 2 meals, perfect for a student on a budget. Today I go back because the food is incredible, service is quick and the portions are still HUGE.... More 

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Thank tferdaise
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the mushroom chicken with Kashi. This was a waiter recommendation that was spot on. The chicken was juicy and cut with my fork. My friends small chicken salad was more than most and his wife's breakfast was just as ordered.

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Thank Stacheck
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great food! We are always with a large family group. There is something for everyone on the menu. Substitutions and sharing ok. You won't believe how varied the menu is. It can be busy on special occasions with a small wait, ~15 min.

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Ramona
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112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Really fantastic service. Menu is most likely the largest in town. Had one of my favorites breakfast for lunch. Lox and cream cheese omelette. I have had quite a few things on the menu. I have not been disappointed with any choice. Nice bakery with breads cookies hot food to take home. Parking lot is small but getting there early... More 

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La Mesa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great food and friendly servers. Always see a friend or neighbor. Then take desert home, or a bagel.

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Camarillo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Large deli with large menu. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. I went with a sandwich and my colleague had a salad. Salads are huge and very good. Sandwich choices a little limited for vegetarian, but they have a nice cheese sandwich on rye. Good onion rings. Definitely worth a try again.

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Burnsville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

This has become one of my favorite places to eat when I am in La Mesa. The food is delicious, the deli sandwiches huge and amazing, and the bakery has so many yummy offerings that you will not go away hungry. My mouth is watering just thinking of this place. It is busy, so be patient. Pass the time in... More 

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Thank Mootheart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Great deli. Delicious great Reuben's Great service. Cannot wait to go back next time I'm in San Diego

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San Diego, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Even a vegetarian can find a great meal in this massive menu! Added bonus is the bakery on the way out! Have to add that I LOVE the dill pickles on the table!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6930 Alvarado Rd, La Mesa, CA 92120-5305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 619-265-0218
Description
Established in 1980 D. Z. Akin's has been a San Diego institution since they first opened their doors back in 1980 and is still a family run business spanning 3 generations. From the Menu: "D.Z. stands for the two of us, Debi and Zvika Akin. Having lived in Los Angeles, we frequented many good delicatessens and knew that San Diego was in need of one. Considering how we both enjoyed cooking, and how even our first date revolved around a bowl of chopped liver, we decided to pack our bags, move to San Diego and take a stab at cooking for starved delicatessen lovers. With only a small budget, good old-fashioned recipes, the courage to experiment, hard work and long hours, 'D.Z. Akin's' came to be. We made a commitment to ourselves that we would never compromise on quality and we would fill our plates high with the finest delicatessen available... With the help of wonderful customers and perseverance, we became, beyond our greatest expectations, a thriving business."

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