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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” ...

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 ...

Nameless but not tasteless

Alexander's special pie earns distinction even if the pepperoni doesn't deliver.

Driving down Orange Ave I Coronado, I spotted a banner proclaiming "Voted Best Pizza." Interesting, but anybody can buy a banner, I thought. Let's see what you've got, Alexander's Pizza. I flipped a U-turn and ...

Coronado land-grab prevention

“Green necklace” of open space around the bay fits 50-year plan

The future of the Coronado bayfront is crowded with ideas. Some link islands of green and gray to increase options for walking and biking; others target tourists and revenue. But what will the San Diego ...

Twelve days of license

The 12th night resembles Fat Tuesday at Mardi Gras: last call to paint Orange Avenue red.

At Lamb’s Players, Mike Buckley’s set hits you first. You’ve come to see Shakespeare’s “festive” comedy, Twelfth Night. It’s set in Illyria. Illyria? Yeah — ancient country on the Adriatic seacoast. But instead, the set’s ...

All the wine glasses on the high shelf shatter

Bedford finds an aria and a cream river at Café 1134

Opera? On Orange Avenue? I was ambling up Coronado’s main street, trying to figure out what to do for the three hours Carla usually takes to get her hair frou-froued up over here — Diane ...

World Beer Cup winners’ catch-up collab

International friends Coronado Brewing and Coedo join forces Stateside

Last year, I packed up my laptop and tasting glass, and boarded a plane for Japan, where I spent a week shadowing brewers from Coronado Brewing Company. The highlight of the trip was being a ...

When in doubt, get the Pig Out

Chicken and sausage smoke the competition at Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q

Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q location at Coronado Ferry Landing means it’s teeming with tourists at times. Because the place is in a prime real estate spot, it suffers from a reverse snobbery among barbecue buffs. There ...

Sea star health watch

“The die-off is pretty extensive and getting worse all the time."

If you've spotted a severed arm or leg along the shoreline, take note. Something is mutilating sea stars, and extra eyes are urgently needed to solve the mystery. “Sea star wasting syndrome,” a disease that ...

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