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Pauma Store & Tavern - Pauma Valley, CA

Weighed in this morning at 181 pounds, down one pound from yesterday. If you read below, I ate a hot dog, chips and salsa. Later on I had a banana split, and in the evening I had a half-pint of fruit sorbet.

Being it was Veterans Day yesterday, and that I gave myself the day off, the wife and I plus some friends rode motorcycles out to Pauma Store, which is soon to be named Pauma Tavern, in Pauma Valley, CA.

Pauma Store is now under new ownership, and the owners there, along with their neighbor, Scotty's Hot Dogs, are trying to market it as a biker bar, or at least they're trying to get the biker community to take notice of it. Rick, the guy who runs Scotty's Hot Dogs, was really nice enough to show me around.

From 2008-11-11 Pauma Tavern


Pauma Store was built in 1860 originally as a military outpost. It's basement was used as a hospital where surgeries were performed. Not too long after, it was converted into a bar, and has been a bar ever since. Somewhere along the way, John Wayne bought it, and operated it as part of his nearby ranch.

Most of us who motorcycles up and down Highway 76 don't even notice it.

For lunch, I ordered their spicy hot, hot dog. Rick also brought out tortilla chips and salsa. He later brought me a sample of his tri-tip, which I found to be really wonderful stuff. Very smoky, and very lean. It's actually pretty good with some of that salsa on it.

If you're a rider also, try stopping there for a bite to eat and a beer. The food prices are really cheap.

You'll find it on Highway 76, in northern San Diego County, about 4.1 miles east of the Pala Casino, and about 1/4 mile west of the Pauma Casino.

3 comments:

December 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM Vanessa said...

Guess I'll leave the first comment! Shocked to see so many links, great pictures, video which was awesome that all resulted from my search for Pauma Store & Tavern.

I actually started working here about 2 1/2 weeks ago & enjoy it much. The patrons here at the Pauma Tavern are great! I've already had some memorible nights at work.

It's ALL it's cracked up to be, plus some more great insentives are that there are Beautiful Woman behind the bar at your service! Thats always a PLUS!

I always work Wed. nights from 4pm til close, & usually Sat. nights. But no matter who is working behind the bar will definatly give you a great experience.

Thx Much for the great reviews on Pauma Store & Tavern

Hope to See You Soon!

Blondie 8)

March 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM Gracie Cheney said...

I'd like to address the so called "history" printed above, about the Pauma Store. My mother,(Eugenia Weimer, Kellogg, Cheney, Miller) Genie owned and operated the store for 57 years.

She and her first husband, Ralph Kellogg, built
the store and ran it together till Ralph passed
away. As a single Mom to Mabel & Dan Kellogg, Genie, ran it on her own till she remarried my father, Mickey Cheney.

It was NOT built as a military out post and there was NEVER a hospital in the earthen cellar. There was a small lookout post above the restrooms and many of the old time Pauma residents took turns watching for enemy plans.

John Wayne NEVER owned the store, but he did get his phone messages there. I don't know where you got the info above but it's not even close to the truth.

Since my Mom sold the store there have been many owners. Some have done well by the place and others have run it in the ground.

I grew up in that store and have many fond memories and so do other members of our family. So to that, I'd like to have the "FACTS" be as close to the truth as possible. For many of us it will always be the Pauma Store or Genie's.

This has been a very condensed version of the Pauma Store's history. It was far more colorful and meaningful to many of us who REALLY knew the place.

Best Regards,
Grace Cheney

September 26, 2013 at 5:59 AM All About . . . said...

Thanks Grace for setting the record straight.

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