I was in Escondido to have my car serviced. It was an early morning and all I could think about was chicken fried steak. And country gravy. I discovered Pegah’s Kitchen on my Yelp app and decided to try the restaurant as they offered chicken fried steak with country gravy on their breakfast menu. Pegah’s Kitchen isn’t too far from the 15 freeway so getting there was quick and easy.
They have a few parking spaces out front.
Nima, the manager, was fast and efficient getting me a booth. His smile could brighten anyone’s day.
Here’s Nima pouring me a cup of coffee. We started chatting and it turns out that he and his father own Pegah’s Kitchen. I asked why it wasn’t called Nima’s Kitchen. He explained that Pegah is his sister and her name means ‘dawn’ (I think).
You get a choice between home fries or hash browns. Stephanie, the super nice server, suggested the home fries as it’s sauteed with peppers and onions. Nima suggested the hashbrowns. The girls won out that day. You also get a choice of two eggs.
The chicken fried steak has a nice crunchy batter to it. The beef patty was tender but a bit thin for my liking. The gravy was thick and had bits of sausage in it. I added a bit of salt for more seasoning.
You also get a choice of toast or a home made biscuit. I didn’t eat the biscuit or home fries so brought it home for my grams to try later that day after work.
Not a bad portion for $13 bucks (after tax, before tip). Stephanie was so kind and brought out extra gravy as well as a to go box when she set down my plate.
I was happy to have discovered Pegah’s Kitchen in Escondido. It’s a quaint diner that was busy with happy repeat customers.
912 S Redwood St
Escondido, CA 92025