If you’re an LA native like me, you most likely have driven down Centinela a couple times. I bet you’ve never tried Centinela Cafe in Marina Del Rey though. I hadn’t until a few years ago, deciding to give it a try was a decision I’ll never regret.

My favorite dish is their Chili Cheese Fries, extra crispy. I’m not a big fan of chili when it’s not homemade but this chili is different. It’s perfectly spicy and doesn’t look like sloppy mush topped with a generous layer of grated cheddar.

A close second favorite is their Asada Burrito that comes with an unbeatable spicy salsa.

Centinela Cafe

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Centinela serves breakfast all day, many of which are American style (pancakes, waffles, etc…) and then some with a twist of Mexican influences like added chorizo or salsa.

Centinela Cafe

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Reasonable prices make this small, family business great. Everyone who works there is friendly, they’re incredibly welcoming as they recognize all their returning customers. Check it out next time you’re in Marina Del Rey, you’ll be joining the ranks of their returning clientele.