Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
I Left My (Half’n Half) Heart in Coronado
The lovely Carla is in love with breakfast. Specially Eggs Benedict at Villa Nueva (956 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-435-1256), when she makes it to that island nation. Something about the Benedict part, plus luscious country potatoes. Costs $10.50.
This place is in Coronado, but it's a real Mexico City hangout.
Lot of families come dressed straight out of Paris Fashion week. Just kinda, well, chic. The food has that French flavor you get down MC way, too, like lots of creamy sauces.
It’s run by this glam husband and wife Lili and Yoly, and their kids, like daughter Sofia and her sister-in-law Lexi.
So the other day we were there and thought why not be adventurous? Actually try lunch. For starters (as it were), lunch is cheaper than Eggs Benedict, and they always have a half ’n half deal going.
Carla goes for the whole sandwich, a “Squadron." I know why: it’s got bacon in it. Picasso went through his Blue Period, Carla’s in her Bacon Phase. So it’s stuffed with bacon, chicken breast, jack cheese and lettuce and tomato ($7.50).
It comes with a bowl of pasta.
I have to have a half in half. ’Cause the soup’s lentil, and I’m hooked on that taste, and, hey, still only $7.50. Get a Sea Captain sandwich with tuna salad, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese.
I get a coffee ($1.50, and really good, and endless refills), and Carla gets a San Pellegrino lemonade ($2.25), which she loves.
My soup’s good and generous, but what I’m in love with is the half Captain. Is it the yellow, sweetish, Hawaiian bread that makes it? I think so. Plus plenty of tuna oozing out.
The other pleasure: sitting, slurping, chomping, and watching the beachy, summery crowds shuffling past, licking ice creams, acting goofy.
It’s like, well, Fourth of July.