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“Peohe” in Hawaiian means a gathering of friends. That’s what they tell you here on the clunky plank deck at Peohe’s (1201 First Street, Coronado, 619-437-4474).

I just happened on their happy hour (3:00 p.m. to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday) when I saw this clump of people burbling away on the bayside of Peohe’s modern-looking wood and glass building, just south of the ferry landing.

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Actually it has a landing of its own. Couple of swanky boats tied up.

“Yes,” the ladies at reception said, when I ask if they have a happy hour.

And yes, you’re not stuck at the bar. You can have it out on the deck.

And once you get, there, man! What a view. The city, rising out of the blue waters...

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...the ferry swirling into a landing at the dock...

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...the burble of Beautiful People around you here, sun-kissed glasses of wine in their hands.

OMG. Did I actually write that? See how gushy-poetic it makes you?

I sit down, glance at the HH menu, and man, this is actually affordable. Four, five, six-dollar food deals.

In the $4, Maui-style onion rings (and there’s a lot. I can see at the table next door)...

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...Thai chicken spring rolls, spicy tuna roll.

In the $5, three pulled pork sliders with a Hawaiian BBQ sauce, Pacific fire shrimp, or ahi poke tacos.

And for $6, wow, lobster California roll...

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...calamari, coconut crunchy shrimp.

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The last shrimp

Drinks go from $3 for a like, Bud, to $7 for “ultra premium martinis.”

Long and short, on the advice of Travis the waiter, I go for the pork sliders, and a $5 glass of white wine, Château Ste. Michelle Riesling.

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Travis

Christian the chef, by his jacket, brings me my sliders.

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Christian

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Dang, but the sliders and the wine are good together. Riesling’s kinda fruity, and the sliders – okay, tiny buns, but they’re surprisingly filling – have a teriyaki thing going, with cole slaw helping the shredded pork.

And then, all around, a whole bunch of interesting peeps.

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Neighbors Dusty, Lucy, Teri

The combo costs me $10.78 with tax.

Carla’s gonna kill me.

And that’s official. She just told me. I called her from here.

Guarantees one thing:

We’ll be back.

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