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Lake Elsinore's Annie's Cafe To Be Featured On 'Let's Eat' TV Show

Annie's popularity in Lake Elsinore and Wildomar is legendary -- and now more people will know about it.

It was just another busy day at Annie's Cafe in Lake Elsinore, except for the Clark Kent-esque camera guy wearing glasses and a bow tie.

On April 26, the restaurant's owners Jan and Kevin Vyse were tending to the lunch crowd, food servers were hustling, and cooks were buried in orders as Time Warner Cable's video journalist Brian Kushida filmed for the new television show, "Let's Eat."

Debuted in January, "Let's Eat" has Kushida traveling across Southern California in search of delicious cuisine. Meticulous in his work and and his studious appearance, Kushida is the show host. 

During his visit last week in Lake Elsinore, Kushida was focused on filming for the show's 16th episode scheduled to air May 8.

According to Time Warner Cable public relations manager Bret Picciolo, what Kushida got was a cooking segment on fish and chips -- Annie's signature dish.

The popularity of Annie's Cafe is legendary throughout Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. The restaurant located at 32251 Mission Trail is always packed, in large part due to word of mouth about good food, low prices, and friendly service that includes birthday songs, and a special silly hat for Annie's first-timers.

According to Picciolo, the rumor mill is how Garden Grove-based Kushida found out about the restaurant.

"[He] was recently researching and contacting restaurants in Lake Elsinore when a local business owner recommended Annie's Cafe for the show," Picciolo explained.

"Let's Eat" is one of several TWC-produced programs that focus on the Southern California lifestyle, and while the Vyse's hail from England, they have become fixtures in Lake Elsinore. They live in the city and bought the restaurant in 2000.

"I hope ... Jan and Kevin are back up and running quickly. They are very nice people and truly an asset to our community," wrote Patch commenter Raymond Moon Sr.

The restaurant was quickly repaired and reopened less than a week following the blaze -- in perfect time for Kushida's visit. 

The May 8 episode of "Let's Eat" featuring Annie's Cafe is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. on TWC SoCal 101 (channel 101) exclusively for Time Warner Cable subscribers in Southern California. The episode will also be available on Time Warner Cable's On Demand for Time Warner Cable subscribers in Southern California.

For more information about "Let's Eat," click here. Got a restaurant you think should be featured on the show? Tweet recommendations and suggestions via Twitter to @LetsEatTWC

Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 06, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Thanks Grace!
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 06, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Maybe it will Lee Ann - this could be the start by putting Lake Elsinore on the map. I agree let's just be proud this is happening in Lake Elsinore and I'm happy to share the limelight with other good restaurants. Thank you for writing on this page
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 06, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Thank you
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 06, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Thanks G of Wildomar - we do try really hard and if we mess up we try to correct it, but the most annoying part of all this is we have no idea who these people are and what we've done to them? You can't make something right if you don't know what's wrong. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Vicki May 06, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Reggie and I love Annie's. great food, great service, lots of fun. Great place to take people visiting. Always have a great meal at a fair price. Thanks to all the great employees and to owners Kevin and Jan. keep the fun and great food coming.
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 06, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Mary what have we done to upset you? Please call me or email me so that we can make it right for you. anniescafe1@cs.com
Cheryl May 06, 2013 at 03:25 AM
We adore everything about Annies. We were regular customers when we lived in Lake Elsinore. Now we live on the other coast, business still takes us back to SoCal. We still eat at Annies. In all our travels have not found anything close to the quality product, spunky staff, and just overall fun environment. Thank You Jan & Kevin for doing what you do. I get a smile just thinking about the Macarena.
Vicki May 06, 2013 at 04:27 AM
How come my comment says reject?
Keith Baer May 06, 2013 at 10:54 AM
I have never had a bad meal at Annie's. Great food, great people, good times. It is the only cafe I will go to alone...because you are never alone at Annie's Cafe. Since we have moved to Ohio, we compare every place we eat to Annie's Cafe and they all come up short in one way or another. Annie's rocks!
Jim from Wildomar May 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I have been eating at Annie's for years and have never had a bad meal. I always find the service to be great and the servers very friendly. The fun and friendly atmosphere is lacking in every modern-day restaurant. It is like a breath of fresh air to have the employees interact with the customers in such an entertaining way. Some people may not like this sort of atmosphere which I understand but for the rest of us it’s just a pleasant eating experience. Annie’s reminds me of growing up in the Midwest when a café like Annie’s was the norm not the exception.
michael May 06, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Annies is awsome. Been going there since i was a kid!
Jennifer Hamm May 06, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Wow! Ignorance is bliss!! Jan & Kevin are two of the most genuine, community oriented people I've ever met! They have been supportive of our community Relay for Life and have hosted school fundraisers, their remodel was customer-centered, and their attitude, as well as that of their employees, are always positive!! I hope Jan & Kevin and any potential customers will ignore the rude attacks by 2 people that clearly live life with a huge chip on their shoulders and know that they are LOVED by the vast majority of the community and it shows in their thriving business. Ever place isn't for every person and if you don't appreciate Annie's...please, go elsewhere. Congrats on your TV spot, guys...you deserve it!
jim black May 06, 2013 at 06:53 PM
annie's is the place to eat if you are hungry and like a clean place to eat, good food and atmosphere that is for everone ,redesigned inside,the staff is great and will try to have your meal(your way). met lot of frienda ther at Annie's relaxing place to enjoy eating.
Mary May 06, 2013 at 08:54 PM
2 years ago, I briefly visited the country of England. Whenever I walk into Annie's, I feel like I'm back there again. The phone booth, the English food, the crazy dancing. It's a fun place to go. But, most importantly, my small children like it. So, I keep bringing them back !!
Patricia Tuck May 06, 2013 at 09:43 PM
It's pretty obvious that a couple of people commenting here are enjoying the negativity of their comments......and it's also pretty obvious how wrong they are when you visit 'Annie's Cafe' it has a great atmosphere,great variety of well cooked food.....this is one of the busiest eating establishments I've seen in the Lake Elsinore/Temecula/Murrieta area,this alone should speak for itself!....I'm getting hungry for the "Fish & Chips" just thinking about!.....pass the Malt Vinegar!...lol
julian May 06, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Hunnys? Yuck! Annie's is a much better place to eat. I personally love the diversity you find there and the food is great. .
julian May 06, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Lee Ann's comment about Lake Elsinore's reputation for molesters and murders made me laugh out loud. Thanks.
julian May 06, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Annie's is a world class diner - I just wish it had longer hours.
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Thanks Kenny - appreciate it much, much, much!
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Thanks Vicki much appreciated
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Next time you're here I'll play it just for you - thanks for your support
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Thanks very much Keith we appreciate your support
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:18 AM
We do try really hard for that old fashioned service Jim, thanks for taking the time to support us!
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Thanks Jenny, my customers and community are what Annie's is all about. Thanks, sincere thanks
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Thanks Jim - appreciated
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Thanks Mary - you are obviously a different Mary than is quoted above. Thank you so much for your kind comments
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Malt vinegar is awaiting Patricia, just let me know. XXX
Jan Vyse (aka annie) May 07, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Because Annie's customers are world class Julian, thanks for being one
Caro & Ray May 10, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Mary, You really don't know much about great food, great service and the best owners on the west coast. Been coming here for over 5 years. Never, and I mean never had bad food or service. Hope you try again and can really enjoy the best resturant ever. Ray & Carol

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