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Elijah’s offers traditional and hard-to-find Jewish fare

When you get a craving for Jewish-style deli, there’s only one place in La Jolla that can satisfy you - Elijah’s.

Elijah’s has been happily ensconced in the shopping center on Villa La Jolla Drive for almost five years, serving three meals a day. There isn’t much you won’t find on Elijah’s enormous menu. The deli serves all the Jewish delicacies and overstuffed sandwiches you could ever want, plus typical American dishes including grilled meats, pastas, salads and vegetarian selections.

Every Jewish deli worth its salt serves breakfast all day long, and Elijah’s is no exception. But, every weekday from 7 to 10 a.m., you’ll find fantastic breakfast specials, such as challah French toast ($3.95), three-egg omelets with hash browns or home fries and your choice of bread ($6.25), and eggs Benedict ($6.50).

The daily lunch specials make Elijah’s a perfect spot for lunch during the week as well. For $7.49, you can get roasted quarter of a chicken with mashed potatoes and a side salad on Monday, hot turkey sandwich served open faced with gravy, mashed potatoes and salad on Tuesday, and a variety of other dishes later in the week.

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Elijah’s saved the best special value meal for its early-bird dinner customers. Every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m., you can enjoy a cup of soup or salad with your choice of entree and two sides, all for $7.95. The entree choices include some of Elijah’s best dinner selections, such as turkey off the bird, beef meatloaf, cabbage rolls, roast chicken, oven-baked short ribs and beef brisket.

You can opt for any two side dishes, including mashed potatoes, sauteed seasonal vegetables, potato pancakes, noodle kugel or carrot tzimmes.

The appetizers on Elijah’s huge menu can get you off to a flying start. Traditional potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream ($5.25), blintzes, which are rolled crepes stuffed with cheese, cherries or blueberries ($6.75), knish which is potato and onion wrapped in a flaky puff pastry ($5.15), and chopped liver ($6.95) are just a few of the typical Jewish dishes included in this category.

The meat and potatoes of a Jewish deli are the delicatessen sandwiches, and Elijah’s has just about every kind of meat you would expect to find in a New York deli.The hot pastrami is delicious, not fatty or dry, the hot corned beef is delicious, and the brisket is melt-in-your-mouth good. A typical oversized sandwich served with your choice of potato salad, pasta salad or cole slaw costs about $8.95. You can add fries or onion rings for $2.95.

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Vegetarians can have a ball at Elijah’s because the restaurant features several veggie selections, including roasted eggplant and vegetable sandwich ($8.75), falafel with chopped cucumber, tomato and cabbage ($8.75), and portobello mushroom sandwich with roasted peppers, provolone cheese and balsamic dressing on a Kaiser roll ($9.25).

The smoked fish is highly recommended, and you can get a whitefish salad platter for one for $13.95, or a Nova lox platter for $13.45.

Grilled items run the gamut from cheeseburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches to Polish hot dogs, and you’ll be amazed at how many wraps are offered on the menu.

You won’t want to pass on dessert. The kitchen prepares everything from scratch, right on the premises, including the breads and wide variety of cakes and pastries.

Elijah’s is at 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive. Call (858) 455-1461.