Robert Arends

Foodie Friday – A World of Great Eats in Coronado!

A world of fine dining awaits over the bridge in Coronado.

One of the favorite things about my job is trying new restaurants and sampling creative mouth-watering cuisine from cultures far and near. Coronado – a bridge away from downtown San Diego – has become a culinary hot spot, making waves with the opening of new restaurants that span the world of dining.

Coronado's newest restaurants opened along Orange Ave.

Set your course for our island paradise to enjoy everything from delectable English, French and Italian dishes to Japanese, Mexican and everything in between.

To help you navigate Coronado’s vast culinary map, following are 5 to Try this “Foodie Friday” that’ll take you around the world and back:

Patio at McP's Irish Pub.

1. The Tavern

Cheerio!…The Tavern, a new “vintage industrial” English pub ( located across the street from longtime local favorite McP’s Irish Pub) is the perfect spot for a quick pint while noshing on hearty traditional pub fare like chicken sliders, fish sandwiches, mac & cheese with breadcrumb topping and more.

Sushi delights at Saiko Sushi!

2. Saiko Sushi

Oishii!…The new Saiko Sushi features a sushi bar and progressive Japanese menu of sustainably sourced fish that’s as fresh as it gets, seasonal produce and micro-brewed sake.

Beautiful Candelas on the Bay.

3. Candelas on the Bay

Ole!…Candelas on the Bay at the Coronado Ferry Landing not only boasts panoramic views of downtown San Diego and the Bay, but also a sophisticated menu of  upscale Mexico City-style cuisine. Chef Eduardo’s masterpiece: Langosta Boaeza, lobster tail flambéed in tequila! (A close second favorite of mine for “south of the border” flavors is the festive Miguel’s Cocina.)

4. Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado

Mangia, mangia!…Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado (upstairs from The Tavern) is a local favorite, popular for its Italian classics, prime steaks and seafood. After dinner, take a side trip to Loews Coronado Bay Resort to ride on an authentic Venetian gondola!

The finest in French dining at Mistral.

5. Mistral

C’est bon!…With gorgeous views of San Diego Bay and the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers a postcard-perfect backdrop for modern French delicacies prepared by Chef Patrick Ponsaty – who recently joined the elite ranks of the Maître Cuisinier de France (Master Chef of France)! (A close second French favorite is Chez Loma, serving French bistro  classics in an elegant, cozy candle-lit setting; perfect for date nights!)

See you in Coronado! Save room for dessert (if you can 😉

Tell us in the comments, what are your top five dining options in San Diego?

Robert Arends

5 to Try: Hot New Dining in Coronado

Coronado is making waves in the local dining scene this summer with the opening of four fabulous new restaurants. The Hotel del Coronado also gets into the gastronomic act with the debut of a new culinary team at 1500 Ocean. From urban eclectic cuisine and gourmet burgers to savory sushi and classic English pub fare, there’s something to tickle just about everyone’s taste buds. Let’s dine around the island, in five easy courses:

1.  Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge (1015 Orange Ave., next door to Mootime Creamery), brings urban chic to the Crown City with its hip industrial look and a fresh flavorful menu of locally-sourced sustainable food created by Executive Chef Mel Ford. Standouts include the Diver Scallop Sliders, Duroc Bone in Pork Chop with maple bourbon glaze and ginger pears, and refreshing Watermelon Salad with arugula, dry goat cheese, almonds and balsamic reduction. In a word: yum!

Saiko Sushi - as fresh as it gets!

2.  Saiko Sushi (116 Orange Avenue near the Coronado Ferry Landing) is a progressive Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring modern Asian-styled food, sustainably-sourced fish, seasonal produce and micro-brewed sake. There’s a great family-friendly atmosphere with patio seating to enjoy amazing views of downtown San Diego.

The (English) Tavern.

3.  Blimey, is that an English tavern across the street from McP’s Irish Pub? Yep! Aptly named, The Tavern (1310 Orange Avenue) boasts a vintage industrial look designed with weathered materials from yesteryear, including salvaged high school basketball court planks – a slam dunk for the flooring and bar top! Casual and welcoming, enjoy a pint while noshing on chicken sliders, fish sandwiches, mac & cheese with breadcrumb topping and more.

4.  The island is abuzz about Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint, opening in two weeks at the corner of 1st Street and Orange Ave. Burgers are primo here, hand-pressed and made from Grade A corn-fed Midwestern beef, using fresh organic vegetables and house-made sauces that bring out the freshest, most robust tastes possible. I’ll update everyone on the vibe and design after the grand opening.

1500 Ocean's new Chef Aaron Martinez & Wine Director Joe Weaver.

5.  The Del’s 1500 Ocean welcomes Chef de Cuisine Aaron Martinez who developed his passion for food at restaurants in Belgium and Spain, and most recently at Addison at the Grand Del Mar. He believes in fresh, local ingredients and uses the hotel’s onsite herb garden to create coastal-inspired dishes. Also new is Wine Director Joe Weaver who cultivated his passion for wine while traveling in Europe; he currently holds a Court of Master Sommeliers Level 2 Certification.

Sweet San Diego Chocolatier!

For dessert I MUST mention Sweet San Diego Chocolatier which just opened at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Chocolate-dipped strawberries, Rocky Road apples and peanut/peacan sticks are just a few of their sweet sensational creations.

All this talk of chocolate, fine wine and food is making me hungry…

Bon appétit from Coronado!