SDEA Member Feature: Beef ‘n Bun

Beef n Bun Exterior Shot

San Diego natives know where to go for the best shake in the county.  Hands down, it’s Beef ‘n Bun. But what San Diegans may not know is that Beef ‘n Bun has a long history of serving up the best shakes, burgers and fries.  Beef ‘n Bun was founded in 1962 by Richard Grider, at the same location where it is found today: on Fletcher Parkway at Navajo Road in El Cajon.

Beef ‘n Bun offers only freshly made hamburgers, chicken, fish, onion rings and zucchini, and other delicious foods, all made to order and ready to go within three to five minutes of placing your order.  The fast food restaurant has always placed a high value on using fresh ingredients and making their food by hand, so the fish is hand-dipped and the onion rings are hand-battered. Fans of Beef ‘n Bun love that they offer a Burger and a Shake of the Month, providing something new to look forward to every month. No wonder it’s a San Diego destination!

Photo of Tom and Debi- Owners of Beef n Bun

Today, Beef ‘n Bun has about 20 employees and maintains its history of being family-owned and operated.  They offer outdoor seating, a drive-through, and indoor seating. Back 40 years ago, Debi started working there as a 16-year old, and ended up meeting the owner’s son, Tom. Today Debi and Tom are married and Debi is carrying on the family tradition by running Beef ‘n Bun. Employees love Beef ‘n Bun, and a number of their employees have been with the restaurant for six to twelve years.  It’s a San Diego favorite – if you haven’t been, be sure to stop by and try out one of their famous burgers and shakes today!

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