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Jul 6, 2010 03:54 PM

Staying at the Cornodo Island lowes hotel for week need close by recs

Coming down for week and need some tips to take family. have a 19 month old. looking for anything really. mexican, fish and chips, burgers just cool places. taco truck? coming from seattle and not picky at all. looking for top 5 to try.

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  1. Will you have a car? Coronado is wonderful but quite isolated w/out a car.

    But on island is Burger Lounge - a local "chain", quality grass fed burgers, good microbrews... very kid friendly.

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    1. re: Ewilensky

      i will have a car but would like to stay failry close by. like the grass fed burgers will have to hit that up. any other places?

      1. re: jlom907

        yeah you can head into downtown and surrounding areas and find a bunch of places to try out. Not far with a car at all. I'm thinking the few places on island not sure how kid friendly they are. So I'm assuming fancy restaurants out of the question correct?

        1. re: deeznuts

          yeah want to keep it somewhat kid friendly. looking for some great mex would be nice with a margarita. anything at this point will help out.

          1. re: jlom907

            Not great, but you can get Mex at Miguel's on the island. If you want to drive down the Strand and go north into Chula Vista there's good Mex there.

            1. re: Josh

              Good point Josh - sometimes I forget there's more to San Diego south of Downtown.

              Might want to try Mariscos Godoy in Chula Vista for great Mexican seafood. Incredibly kid friendly. About 15 minutes drive (tops) from Coronado. Not sure if they serve Margaritas but they make a refreshing Michelada.

              Mariscos Godoy
              651 Palomar St 25A, Chula Vista, CA

            2. re: jlom907

              For kid friendly, check out the Coronado Brewing Company. Great beers and a wood-fired pizza oven.

      2. At the end of the island, looking back at downtown San Diego, is the Ferry Landing. Lots of parking, beautiful views and very kid friendly restaurants. Not five star dining, but decent. Village Pizzeria (they also have an Orange Avenue location), Lil Piggy BBQ, Candela's (upscale Mexican), Spiro's Gyros (and other greek entrees), Il Fornaio (Italian), Coldstone Creamery, Coronado Cupcakery (skip Peohe's). You can also catch the ferry there and cross the bay to downtown for lunch or dinner. Tartine is good for breakfast or lunch with pastries and sandwiches (across the street and about a block down from The Ferry Landing.

        I actually had decent Mexican brunch at Miguel's Coronado a few weeks ago - completely surprised me.

        The Brigantine next door to Miguels serves steak and seafood, nothing special but it's close. Try the fish tacos for a couple of bucks at happy hour (leave the cheese and ranch dressing off, just stick with the fresh salsa).

        Clayton's coffee shop on Orange Ave. is a step back in time, complete with jukebox. Big waffle, pancake breakfasts.

        Costa Azul for Mexican with lots of outdoor seating. Next door is Mootown creamery, kind of wanting to be an old fashioned diner - but good for ice cream/shakes.

        If you go to the beach, stick close to the Hotel Del Coronado, hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids on the Sundeck outside with beach access and 180 ocean views (cocktails for the adults too). There is also a fun candy store on the bottom level, back side of the Del.

        If you get an opportunity to dine without the kidlets, two of the finest restaurants in San Diego are in Coronado. Mistral is open for dinner and in the Loews Resort. I can also highly recommend 1500 Ocean for dinner at the Hotel Del. Outstanding chef, spectacular sunset view.


        1106 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

        Costa Azul
        1031 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

        1500 Ocean
        1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

        Village Pizzeria
        1206 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

        Il Fornaio
        1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

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        1. re: foodiechick

          1500 ocean is a gorgeous restaurant, sitting in a gorgeous spot on a gorgeous location. Oh yeah, food is good too (although I had the restaurant week menu so i didn't even get the good stuff). It is quite the place to visit.

        2. Moo Time on Orange Ave. for ice cream. I second Burger Lounge and Miguel's is not bad either.

          1. I'm late to this thread, but I wanted to let you in on some discounts to some of the Coronado places Foodiechick and maybe some others mentioned.
            Mistral Restaurant upscale with a view at Loews is offering $20 dining credit if you sign up for their quarterly newsletter good thru 10/31/10.

            Vilage Pizza, Lil Piggy, Beach n Diner, and Moo Time Creamery, owned by the same people or company are listed on where you can purchase restaurant certificates discounted up to 80%. No expiration, but take note of any restaurant restrictions such as minimum purchase, week day restrictions, etc, before purchase.
            This link included the code for the current 80% discount:
            Use the 92118 zip code to find the 6 Coronado restaurants on their site.

            Coronado isn't a food destination for me, but if I'm in the area or staying there for an intown getaway we usually hit Burger Lounge and we love the Hotel Del Coronado sundeck especially if Ron's Garage Band is playing weekend afternoons. Sit for the view or have a drink or basic burger, grilled chicken, etc from the grill. Best view on the island IMO and very family friendly. Miguel's patio will do for Mexican and margaritas. Coronado Brewing Company for big salads and usual pub food. Moo Time for ice cream. Other side of the island at Ferry Landing is Candelas for upscale Mexican, but haven't eaten at that one so can't comment on anything other than great view and if you want casual with view and patio Village Pizza bayside is there. I'd avoid Peohe's.

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            1. re: Island

              Peohe's gets a bad rap for lots of good reasons, but their onion rings are best ever!

              1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

            2. Chance Bistro is a pretty cool spot no one mentions.