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Funky Fries and Burgers

What They Are about

Funky serves big time burgers out in El Cajon, where it recently grew from being a cult favorite hole in the wall to a local destination burger joint, when it moved into a new, larger location. In addition to its signature standard, OG Burger, its loyal customers show up to dig on a dozen creatively constructed burgers that easily live up to the Funky name.


The beautiful city of sunny San Diego offers incredible destinations like Pacific Beach, Coronado Bridge and Old Town with an endless variety of restaurants. In the midst of it all there is one burger spot that is a must visit, located in the town of El Cajon—Funky Fries & Burgers. This quick stop family restaurant definitely lives up to the name and is not your average burger joint. The intensely wild menu items topped with their special ingredient, made-from-scratch cheese, spread like wildfire bringing in different locals from around the county. If you decide to make your way to this unique dining establishment, be sure to order at least one, if not all, of the menu items below.


Take the Pizza Burger, topped with pepperoni, sausage, and fried mozzarella sticks. Or the Hangover Burger, which satisfies breakfast cravings with fried egg, hash browns, and bacon. The Southwest Shrimp & Steak is built like it sounds, with surf and turf toppings along with avocado and southwest-style hot sauce. Funky gives the same treatment to hot dogs, and even french fries. You'll find even more takes on dirty fries, smothered by the likes of chili, gyro meat, or buffalo chicken!


Funky Fries & Burgers won the coveted People's Choice award at the first Burgers & Beer contest with its delectable BBQ Pulled Pork Burger, topped by a four hour slow cooked pork, house BBQ sauce, cole slaw, onion rings, melted cheddar, and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

That's tough to beat, but in 2017, owner/chef Sebastian Hallak once again wanted to feature one of his regular menu items. This time he chose the Bacon Mac n Cheese Burger, topped with both melted cheddar and a fried patty of panko-crusted, three-cheese macaroni, served on a brioche bun. Funky didn't repeat as People's Choice, but it did win the our vote!


Our Notes 

  • If you're going to eat here, you might as well go all in and get one of their freak shakes.  I shared the Chocolate Overload ($12) and that's exactly what it was.  It was a chocolate

    milk shake

    with whipped cream, an ice cream sandwich, two hostess cupcakes, and chocolate candies stuck to the glass.  It's great for pictures and sugar addicts.

  • Be prepared to either eat a


    or take home at least half a burger. You will not regret it.

  • Jalapeno Cheese Poppers, Large jalapeno slices, battered in a thick crispy layer,

  • filled with cream cheese and served with a side of ranch. It was delicious.

  • Pastrami Burger


    Pastrami, Grilled Onions, Melted Swiss Cheese, Dijon Mustard, and Garlic Truffle Aioli)

  • This was a huge burger stuffed with a layer of beef patty, thick slices of pastrami and tons of flavor. It was cooked to perfection and I love the soft buns. It was also delicious.

  • Philly Cheese Steak Fries,(Sautéed Steak, Grilled Onions, Bell Peppers, Garlic Mushrooms, Gooey Mozzarella, and Garlic Truffle Aioli)So much cheese. So much flavor. Yummy crispy fries. Also another delicious dish.


Funky Fries and Burgers

101 W Washington Ave

San Diego, California

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