Coronado News & Stories

Out-of-season tomato pasta lethargy

Islanders seem to know better than try it.

The restaurant staff sat around the bar area, bored, like they hadn't seen a customer in quite awhile. They looked up at me with blinking eyes when I walked in, as though I weren't a ...

San Diego’s hotel era ended in flames

Who would burn down the grand hotels of North County?

When the Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, Oceanside already had two “grand” hotels, the St. Cloud and the South Pacific. They faced each other, just two city blocks apart, separated by the California Southern ...

Last Call: Black Sunday

Some fine productions, including one of the city's all-time best, must close November 2.

These shows must close this Sunday, November 2 — aka “Black Sunday,” given their high quality. The Royale, Old Globe Theatre One of the year’s best directed shows is so well done you’d think Marco ...

Stake ready to grill

New, really expensive steak joint "rare" treat coming to Coronadans

In a blizzard of new openings in Coronado, the latest, Stake Chophouse is — finally — all but ready to start serving steaks. But be warned: this might turn out to be the island’s single ...

George Clooney coming to Coronado?

It’s the summer of ’69, and a Spanish teacher/swim instructor at Coronado High School masterminds what would come to be the West Coast’s most enterprising and successful marijuana-smuggling operation. All it took was a handful ...

Kiteboarders take on Coronado

Something about the air and the water didn’t match. Sitting on the white sand shores of Coronado Island, the iconic Hotel Del was behind me, but my eyes were fixed on the ocean. It almost ...

First Nations-Asian

Surprise, surprise — Ed opts for the poor-man’s lobster

I’ve never been Number One at anything. Not till now. But so happened I was loping down Orange Avenue, past where another eatery, Rhinoceros, had always been, — just at the moment the new “Islander” ...

King Tut Arrives in San Diego

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 9-October 15

Join the International Bipolar Foundation for a luncheon with Joe Pantoliano, Emmy award–winning actor. After his role in Canvas, Pantoliano was inspired to create a nonprofit dedicated to removing stigma associated with mental illness. The ...

Customer #1

Ed is the first to chow down on chowder at "Islander."

"Can I be your first customer?" This is me, at "Islander," Coronado's newest eatery, on the actual evening it opens. Well, soft, soft opening. Only thing that's open is the doors, really. So far no ...

A sure bet at Il Fornaio

Coronado fixture continues to deliver

Il Fornaio in Coronado is one of those “sure-bet” restaurants. You know the view looking out over the water toward the San Diego skyline will be stunning, and the umami-rich, fine Italian fare is always ...

This Coronado Cays beauty has a dock for the super yacht

Current Owner: Rosario Guerra Beds: 4 Baths: 6 Price: $5,990,000 This week, for the first time, the column highlights a Coronado Cays property, a private community of homes along a series of manmade islets along ...

Coronado eucalyptus trees destined for doom

“The whole thing happened without any notice whatsoever.”

Kirby Watson has resided in the shade of the eucalyptus trees on Coronado Island’s E Avenue for over 45 years. She said she was devastated when she received a letter from the City of Coronado ...

The last word in cheap eats

First up, I’m not an early-morning guy. But on this perfect food day, you’ve got to start at the crack of dawn. Because that’s when the dja kwai are at their freshest at Trieu Chau ...

Rhinoceros Café to close: Big free party!

Coronado is reeling in shock. One of their most beloved eateries, Rhinoceros Cafe & Grille, is closing down, kaput, about to go extinct. The place has always served middle-priced, middle-of-the-road American bistro food, which suits ...

Nothing spells “happy anniversary” like IPA

Breweries like Coronado’s eponymous fermentation outfit emoting I-P-YAY!

All the cool kids are doin’ it: brewing über-hopped double IPAs to celebrate their companies’ anniversaries. The most recent are San Diego stalwarts, Stone Brewing Co. and Coronado Brewing Company, both of which hit the ...

Gourmet, you say?

Testing the promise of Delux-ness at Coronado dog shop

Maybe it's just me, but the term "gourmet hot dog" conjures an image of a guy in a white-tie tuxedo peering through a quizzing glass at a cocktail wiener, probably muttering something along the lines ...

We like cows

Ed’s twitching nostrils give him away at the Fish Co.

“Want some? It’s not on the menu yet. We’re just experimenting for winter.”

Last Call: Jade Heart, Les Miserables

One excellent production closes August 10, and the other is the hottest ticket in town.

Long before I became one, a theater critic told me he saw “good productions of good plays, bad productions of bad plays, bad productions of good plays, and good productions of bad plays.” The toughest ...

Bikes on the water (cars in the sky)

Coronado commuters have a new option

There’s a new way to cross the San Diego Bay: bike. “Why not?” asks Judah Schiller, a Northern California designer who developed a water bike that glides on pontoons and has a pedal-powered propeller. It’s ...

Epic! Knock-out!

Intimacy and spectacle combine to make Les Miserables at Lamb’s something very special

I think it was my second or third week on the job. I went to a small theater in National City — Lamb’s Players — in a former church, I found out, after I got ...

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