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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Rainbow Oaks Restaurant offers great food with a touch of history


Last updated 2/26/2018 at 1:39am

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The Rainbow Oaks Restaurant's Sports Bar top, stools, ceiling timbers and wall panels were all specially milled and polished from salvaged, burned-out trees from the devastating fire that raged across northern San Diego County in 2007. The restaurant at 4815 5th Street, just east of the Interstate 15, was not destroyed in the fire but instead was remodeled and reopened in 2009.

I had a real treat when I accepted an invitation to meet with the ranch hands and managers of the nonprofit Manzanita Ranch at the historic Rainbow Oaks Restaurant just off the Interstate 15 in Rainbow.

It was nothing more than a meet up with the Manzanita Ranch folks on their first "Manzanita Mondays" benefit, but to me it was a nostalgic visit to the restaurant on the way to San Diego on old Highway 395 since the 1947 postwar era, before people even dreamed of interstate freeways.

The wood-framed restaurant, which has been owned by Duke and Jonell Maples since 2008, has survived fires, e...

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