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Meet Arthur Preciado of Sandwich Bags Deli & Catering in Santee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arthur Preciado.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Arthur. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been in the restaurant business all my life, mainly fine dining. Ten years ago, I opened the deli to focus on breakfast & lunch and close at 3:00 pm. That is when I would go to work to get ready for the dinner service at 5:00 pm. The new hours were in my mind, almost retiring. We focused on making the best sandwiches with fresh ingredients freshly prepared every day. We also offer fresh salads, breakfast sandwiches and homemade soups.

Has it been a smooth road?
It always takes time to get your ideas out there and when we stated the funds were very low. I even took down the marquee sign because it was an extra $80 per month. We give out frequent buyer cards and when you buy ten you get a free one! That has been our only type of advertising we’ve ever done. We finally got a break when there was a story about us on Facebook and it was a show called everything East County. We are very proud of the fact that we’re the local watering hole and never advertised.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We took the same approach as in fine dining to use the best ingredients fresh everyday and apply it to our casual menu. The first six years, I made all the sandwiches to ensure the high quality and set the bar very high. We specialize in all classic sandwiches, salads and soups and also have our own original recipes that are very popular. The fact we prep every morning to use the freshest and best ingredients. Homemade bread from Oasis Bakery in San Marcos gets delivered fresh all week. I’m most proud of our local Santee community supporting us and our 4.8 Yelp reviews!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely San Diego is Great City! Location and neighborhoods are key to your success. My idea was East County because of industrial buildings and big contracting company’s. Remember, I wanted to strictly do breakfast and lunch. So I keyed around that atmosphere so we would be finished at 3:00 pm.


  • All sandwiches start at 8.95

Contact Info:

  • Address: 10769 Woodside Ave. Ste. 108
    Santee, CA 92071
  • Website:
  • Phone: 619-258-0102
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Sandwichbagsdeli

Image Credit:
Sandwich Bags library

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