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