Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
“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.
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...
...the ferry swirling into a landing at the dock...
...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)...
...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...
...calamari, coconut crunchy shrimp.
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.
Christian the chef, by his jacket, brings me my sliders.
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.
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.