5 a.m., April 16
Bye Bye Bino?
How am I going to tell Carla this?
One of her favorite places on the sceptered isle of Coronado is closing down.
Bino's Bistro and Wine Bar (1120 Adella Avenue, 619-522-0612) has been serving breakfast omelets and crêpes and sandwiches and great salads (the spinach, with hot bacon, roasted pine nuts, and mushrooms always works for me) for 14 years.
What I've always liked is sitting on the nice wide sidewalk under jacaranda trees in this quiet street near the Hotel Del.
This morning I sat down, outside...
...and ordered me this crêpe that, okay, costs $8.50. But once I see it, I know it’s going to fill me up for the day.
The Ratatouille. It comes on a classy triangular plate, and it’s loaded with great slabs of beef, eggplant, spinach, squash, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, all on this golden crêpe disk. I’ve never seen a crêpe like it. Of course I had to discover it this late in the game.
Why are they closing? Seems that Miguelito’s, the eatery next door in this El Cordova hotel, wants the space, and Bino’s lease has run out. But Bino, and his brother Bogart, and Cecilia, who are running the place today, say don’t worry. They’ll be opening soon in Hillcrest.
But the Republic of Coronado will miss the mercurial Bino and his world-traveler interests that could leave you feeling you’d just visited three cities in one sitting. Because he’d been there, done that.
Last day will be Saturday. They’ll be open till three. You can pretty-much guarantee there’ll be wailing and gnashing of teeth heard clear across to the Mainland... Carla among them, if she makes it there one more time...and, natch, much ordering of Crepe Suzettes...
Cecilia and Bogie with strawberry crepes/