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Feb 9, 2011 10:31 AM

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

Hello, San Diego Board,

We're motoring down to Coronado Island this weekend, and would appreciate your recommendations for decent food, spanning all three squares--breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, a dependable coffee spot, preferably a local vendor, if you please?

Thanks very much, in advance, for your input.

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  1. Look no further than 1500 Ocean right in the hotel. Great place.

    I don't know from coffee.

    1500 Ocean
    1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Good morning, Fake Name, and thanks so much for your recommendation.

      1. re: Fake Name

        If you don't need the scenery, (it's in a very industrial area), and don't mind stepping just a bit off of the "island", then you can check out Cafe Virtuoso, one of our better coffee roasters in town. Note that they do not run cafes per se and are principally a coffee wholesaler, but at their roastery in Barrio Logan they have setup a cafe that's open to the general public.

        I should also mention that Barrio Logan is home to two other of our larger coffee roasters, Cafe Moto and Ryan Brothers Coffee. The former, Cafe Moto, does not have a cafe set up at their roastery, though it is open to the public for bean and dry goods sales. (Their Indo Noir is one of the atpyical blends that seems to do equally well for brewing as it does for espresso.) The latter, Ryan Brothers, does run a cafe but I cannot recommend it, due to a combination of over-roasted beans and very poor execution at the bar. However in their defence their cafe is a very charming space.

        Ryan Brothers Coffee
        133 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069

        Cafe Virtuoso
        1616 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

      2. Fake Name is right. For a lovely dinner, look no further than 1500 Ocean at the hotel. The outdoor lounge opens at 5pm, have a drink and watch the sunset then move to the patio for some of San Diego's best upscale eats.

        Village Pizzeria makes pretty good pizza, imports Bronx water to make the crust. We like to walk across Orange Avenue from the Del and have Mexican breakfast at Miguel' is the one meal that they do an admirable job. My other recs are down at the other end of Orange Ave. looking back towards Downtown. Lunch on the patio at Candelas (upscale Mexican), Tartine Bistro for lunch and sweets, Coronado Brewing Company, and Sapori for Italian - chalkboard menu changes daily.

        We like to go to the coffee/snack stop inside the Del next to Sheerwater restaurant to pick up a light breakfast and coffee and take it down to the beach.

        1106 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

        1500 Ocean
        1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

        Village Pizzeria
        1206 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

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        1. re: foodiechick

          Good morning, and thanks so much for your consideration! That's a lot of information and thought, and I'm looking forward to stepping into your recommendations. I haven't been back to Coronado since I was teen. And now I'm the mother of one! Food for us; surf for him. Well, surf for him and his dad. Thank you for helping us out so enthusiastically.

          1. re: jperes167

            Head to the Brigantine for their everyday happy hour of great fish tacos, chowdah and marg' to Miguel's and they have a lovely welcome.
            Danny Palms for a great burger and 1500 Ocean at the Del for great seafood..high end.
            Mistral at Loew's resort is nice down the strand and Crown Bistro is quaint on Orange.

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Good morning, and thanks very much for all your suggestions--they'll be in my purse for our next trip, most definitely.

          2. re: foodiechick

            My connection's been buggy this morning, so I apologize if you've been receiving half-finished thank-you's from me.

            Sapori was outstanding. Truly. All the way around. From the wait-staff to the desserts, we were all very happy. No sticker shock; no pretense. Staff and owner were enthusiastic and knowledgeable without being pedantic, and they were never intrusive.

            Tartine looked wonderful; but I apparently asked the wrong staff person for a take-out menu. He barked--and I mean, barked--that they were at the register. Hard to notice since they are the size of a business card and are tucked into a cute tiny bucket. It wasn't like I interrupted him mid-delivery with his arms full of entrees; he was standing with his hands behind his back in the center of the restaurant, surveiling the tables.

            We will definitely make a point of stopping at Sapori the next time we visit. Their lunch menu sounds like a sensational deal; and we will be looking forward to it. Your recommendation really was a high-point.

            1106 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

            1. re: jperes167

              heading down there with my daughter who is 5, what other restuarants would you recommend., How is the hotel? first time there

              1. re: angiet

                If your daughter would like, you could get tea at the hotel and enjoy the view and atmosphere. L. Frank Baum of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" apparently is credited in designing the chandeliers in the Crown Room of the Hotel Del.

          3. Plenty of locals from Coronado like to go to Cafe 1134 for their coffee spot. Also, there are morning queues at the coffee cart in front of Bay Books on Orange Avenue or Kafeens at the Landing.

            Cafe 1134
            1134 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

            1. Hi jperes167,

              The Hotel del Coronado is not on an island. It is well-secured to the mainland of San Diego on a peninsula.

              The Islas Coronados are in Mexican territorial waters, close by to San Diego.. The San Diego Yacht Club makes regular visits.

              Have fun with your visit!

              San Diego Yacht Club
              1011 Anchorage Ln, San Diego, CA

              1. Thanks to this thread we ate well during a recent stay at the Hotel del Coronado, despite being a bit limited by parental mobility issues. The real stand-out was Sapori, at the other end of Orange Ave, near the ferry. Everything the OP said and then some -- really outstanding food, lovely people, very sensible prices. We liked dinner so much that we went back for lunch, where pasta plus either salad or soup (all delicious) will set you back just $10. We also enjoyed a couple of lunches at the Brigantine (more or less across from the hotel) and found the Sheerwater (the more casual restaurant at the hotel) to be better than most hotel dining rooms. In San Diego proper we very much enjoyed Top of the Market although the prices were (to my mind) very high (but then, I wasn't paying) and were not crazy about Pizzeria Bruno, which may only mean that we are luckier than we realized to have good Napoletano-style pizza options in the Boston area. Thanks San Diego hounds for steering us to some good eats, and I urge you to go to Sapori, you will not be disappointed!