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Snowboarding easier than surfing

The only one at Coronado Shores this day

Name: Adam Hiscock Age: 29 From: Coronado and Utah Location: Coronado Beach Occupation: Geologist Adam Hiscock was surfing behind the high rises south of the Hotel Del Coronado when I saw him. He was coming ...

Listen to the kebab guy

Charles III, folk wisdom, and the survival of England

Shakespeare is universally acknowledged to be the greatest English playwright, yet very few playwrights have the audacity to leap the cultural and historical chasm and try to imitate him. I get it. First, there’s the ...

The wild west is back in San Diego

Limebike hogs show, but it is Ofo bikes that are stolen

Sunday afternoon in El Cajon I unsuccessfully tried to find an ofo dockless rental bike to help me get around town. I traveled to five locations where the ofo app listed an available bike, but ...

Someone's teed off in Coronado

Not graft and corruption... courtesies

“Roger Miller has run roughshod, and there’s no oversight.” No, not that Roger Miller, “King of the Road,” but Roger Miller, grifter of the greens, who calls the shots at Coronado Municipal Golf Course, where ...

A shark-sized bite out of the real Coronado

New landlord in, old businesses out

It has that weird feeling, like Dead Man Walking. We’re at the bar. Jimmy has got me my regular Arrogant Bastard. Tiger does a pretend growl. “That Arrogant Bastard.” Miguel the chef sits with his ...

Coronado Photos

Hotel Del

Shores pano at negative 2 foot ...

Early morning kayaking in the Coronado ...

Sunrise at Glorietta Bay, Coronado (taken ...

Coronado HOLLER

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Winifred March 26, 2013 @ 2:54 p.m.

Heard two foreign students talking burgers on the 901 bus to Coronado from downtown early this month. One of them said the best was Wendy’s, downtown. The other one said Burger Lounge in Coronado. (Wendy’s in Coronado long gone, replaced by the Tavern.)

So I asked local research assistants the best burgers in Coronado. Right away they said Burger Lounge (922 Orange Ave - $7.95 for basic burger – grass-fed beef). But then wait, no, what about the Slam Burger at Danny’s (965 Orange - $7.50 for ¼ lb. – plenty of Yelpers love Danny’s).

Also strong support for Deluxe Gourmet Hot Dog (tiniest of all Nado storefronts, 943 Orange – burger and burger dog (!) each $5.99. Is it the eye-level signage that has made the difference? Danny’s puts out their “NBC voted best in San Diego” sign. Deluxe sign says their beef is never frozen.

But assistants finally settled on Nicky Rotten’s – way down on First and Orange. Their 13 kinds of burgers, all at $11.95 including fries, have beaucoup toppings like bleu cheese, bacon.

Me, sorry, but price is important – Burger King is still my king – a whopper at $3 is best burger deal. Down past Nicky Rotten’s at the Ferry Landing.

P.S. For years Danny’s used to promote their Slam Burger with a quote from novelist Alex Theroux, who stayed off and on in Coronado writing for the Reader. Can’t remember what Theroux said – something like “best burger I’ve ever tasted.”


EdwardH March 26, 2013 @ 3:07 p.m.

What about McDonalds? Thought there was a big Mac on the island.


LaurenJ April 1, 2013 @ 10:25 p.m.

There is a McDonalds on base. Yet another perk to being military around here...wish there was one for civilians.


EdwardH March 27, 2013 @ 2:52 p.m.

And speaking of novelists, what about Henry James.

Of course the Del exploits this kind of thing. From a hotel press release:

An American speaking tour brought James to The Del, where he stayed from March 29 to April 6, 1905. In an April 5th letter to his sister-in-law, James wrote (about The Del): “The days have been of heavenly beauty, and the flowers, the wild flowers just now in particular, which fairly rage, with radiance, over the land, are worthy of some purer planet than this. I live on oranges and olives, fresh from the tree, and I lie awake nights to listen, on purpose, to the languid lisp of the Pacific, which my windows overhang. It breaks my heart to have so stinted myself here – but it was inevitable, and no one had given me the least inkling that I should find California so sympathetic.”


LaurenJ April 6, 2013 @ 9:03 a.m.

Northgate Market - Barrio Logan

Can't wait to check out this new market just over the bridge...looks amazing!


Jansenou April 7, 2013 @ 9:08 p.m.

I'm new to the island and am looking for a good date night restaurant. Anyone have some suggestions?


LaurenJ April 7, 2013 @ 9:44 p.m.

Depends on what you are looking for, but I've heard wonderful things about Chez Loma. Sounds like it's a little more upscale than some of the other options and would be nice for a special occasion. That's where I want to try next.


EdwardH April 15, 2013 @ 6:46 p.m.

Handsome, not historic

Always impressed by the looks of this place at 10th and Adella, but the owners want to tear it down.

Historic Resource Commission ruled it was historic because, according to last month's commentary in the Eagle, "the current owners' mother was a well-known appraiser in Coronado" (!).

On March 19 the city council overruled the historic commission (3-2 vote) and said go ahead and demolish.

Read the commentary by Carrie Downey in the Eagle.

Finally got photos today.


LaurenJ April 17, 2013 @ 9:03 p.m.

Parrots Spotted

Parrots have been spotted on the island. Have you seen them? A small flock was witnessed flying over A Ave. between 6th and 7th - two also spied in the same area playing in a magnolia champaca tree. I'm getting out the binoculars and going bird watching!


LaurenJ April 18, 2013 @ 9 a.m.

Forgot to mention the parrots are green. Keep you eyes peeled...want to find where they are nesting.


LaurenJ April 22, 2013 @ 3:46 p.m.

Flower Show’s Funny Fruit

Funny fruit takes first at last weekend’s flower show. This edible competition seemed to be the favorite of many.




LaurenJ April 22, 2013 @ 3:59 p.m.

Coronado's Winning Roses

Coronado grown rose: one bloom, of exhibition quality, grown in a Coronado garden



madtownband April 26, 2013 @ 2:35 p.m.

I'm surprised noone brings up how congested the traffic is off Orange ave and how dangerously dark the side streets are. Some intersections gave stop signs and some don't but it's so dark it makes you wonder.


EdwardH May 4, 2013 @ 12:42 p.m.

Agree with madtown - When walking in the dark on Nado side streets, I always let the cars go first. No way they can see you.


Jansenou May 6, 2013 @ 3:31 p.m.

Bikers without lights are the most difficult for me to see. I'm always paranoid driving at night on the side streets here. Good to be that way I guess.


LaurenJ May 3, 2013 @ 7:43 a.m.

Pool Days

Why is the kiddie pool at the rec center empty? We've had a slew of pool worthy days in the last month or so, and I've gone to the pool with my daughters. It has been consistently void of other children. There are obviously loads of kids in Coronado. The water is warm and the bay view is spectacular...seems I'm one of the few who like to take it in.



EdwardH May 8, 2013 @ 9:28 p.m.

Flower show fall-out.

Letters to editor in today's Eagle-Journal show the dark side of Coronado.

  1. The inimitable Earle Callahan doesn't like all the kid entries getting awards. Used to be that there were winners and losers. Now only winners.
  2. Faye Hammond says the winning homefront at 311 9th St. was not a homefront but a patio.

The photo on flower show site confirms Hammond.


EdwardH May 8, 2013 @ 9:43 p.m.

What is with these BW photos?

Somehow these 4 pix on the Coronado Photos section of this site - apparently by different photogs- are more arresting than the color ones.


LaurenJ May 9, 2013 @ 8:49 p.m.

To me they provoke more emotion than color photos. The misty pics are especially mysterious...they leave more to the imagination.


LaurenJ May 23, 2013 @ 9:08 p.m.

Need your kitchen knives sharpened? Every Thursday Coronado Hardware has a guy who sharpens them. Heard you need to drop them off around 9:00 AM or the night before...he leaves early if business is slow.


LaurenJ May 26, 2013 @ 9:14 p.m.

Learned through a random conversation that Coronado is a hot spot for Pismo clams. Found an interesting article that gives all the details.


EdwardH May 27, 2013 @ 6:19 p.m.

Hoped that Sheerwater would be cheaper than 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del. But cheapest lunch entrees were the stir-fired vegetables ($16) and portobello mushroom-quinoa burger (16.50).

Almost mitigated by the 3-4 employees carrying 10-foot poles with falcons perched on top. Was this going to be a show? Nah- it was hotel's way of keeping seegulls away from patio diners.

Never noticed the herb garden - north of patio dining. Photo attached.



LaurenJ May 28, 2013 @ 9:16 p.m.

Love the herb garden...makes me feel good about eating there. Fresh with an ocean view - worth the high prices.


EdwardH May 27, 2013 @ 6:28 p.m.

Corner of 9th and A used to have most interesting garden in Coronado - all cactus and succulents. Lotsa spines. A few year ago they switched to more standard - roses, lobelia, lavender, olive trees.

Not sure when the 10th and A corner took over the honors- maybe it was gradual. Not cactus, but assortment of dry, native plants. Mallow, butterfly bush, coreopsis. And the native plants spill over into the sidewalk strip next to curb on 10th.


LaurenJ May 28, 2013 @ 9:22 p.m.

Coronado is no longer the number one beach, but were we ever REALLY the number one beach? Dr. Beach's rules and qualifications are questionable.


LaurenJ June 3, 2013 @ 5:12 p.m.

Bike racks are now installed on Orange Ave. cross streets. YES!



LaurenJ June 12, 2013 @ 9:17 p.m.

Blue fertilizer used in Coronado parks is the pesticide Round Up...moms are losing sleep over this.


LaurenJ June 14, 2013 @ 9:24 p.m.

Just a thought...why is there no Coronado community garden? Wouldn't it be great to have an assigned plot of land for this purpose...maybe in one of the parks? Especially since many residents do not have yards or the space for a garden.


DonArcher June 22, 2013 @ 2:11 p.m.

Did you know that the sand dunes between the sidewalk and the beach spell "CORONADO" from the air ? True fact.


Spazzi June 24, 2013 @ 3:37 p.m.

Small town feel, big city services and a world away from it all!


ninfamorales June 29, 2013 @ 4:42 p.m.

The bridge from San Diego to Coronado is beautiful I've visited Coronado a few times and it is like its own little world There. Great small restaurants and gift shops. Scenery of the water as all the boats docked is great.


LaurenJ July 6, 2013 @ 8:42 a.m.

Porta-Pottys to the Rescue

The city did an excellent job staggering porta-pottys around the island on the 4th. Without this planning we would certainly have had drunks and small children urinating in our yards.



LaurenJ July 6, 2013 @ 8:59 a.m.

Coronado 5K - not a race for runners. The 5K was overcrowded and did not have a staggered start according to mile times. Runners were channeled into a narrow course and could not pass each other - this ruined the opportunity for personal records and can hardly be called a race. I was disappointed that I paid almost $50.00 to WALK with a crowd. The 15K on the other hand, was less congested and allowed for runners to pass one another and truly compete. This is the race to run - if you can handle a 15K.


LaurenJ July 13, 2013 @ 3:31 p.m.

Village Inn Sold for $2.5 M

I'm a little bummed to say farewell to my favorite budget hotel on the island.


EdwardH July 15, 2013 @ 9:43 a.m.

Crime on 6th and A Sat. night. Went to start my 1999 Toyota pick-up Sunday morning and sounded as if I had no muffler. Catalytic converter unbolted and stolen. Guy at Cordova Garage says it is $1300+ to replace bolted-on. Welded-on is only $600. Guess which one I'm choosing?

Police said I was the third stolen catalytic converter reported in Coronado today. All from Toyota Tacomas, 1997-1999; easy to unbolt those years. Repair guy said thieves can get $300 for the platinum.


LaurenJ July 24, 2013 @ 8:46 p.m.

Who are those mamas?

A running herd of moms with strollers have been spotted in the area of Tidelands Park. Tourists aboard Old Town Trolley snap pictures of them as they breeze by. This species of Stroller Striders is native to Coronado and originated in San Diego itself - definitely no mom jeans for these ladies.



LaurenJ July 30, 2013 @ 3:21 p.m.

Our firefighters serve the community in more ways than fighting fires and serving up spaghetti dinners. These local heroes visited kids of the Coronado Stroller Strides group, showed them their truck and even gave them super cool helmets and badges.



LaurenJ Aug. 10, 2013 @ 9:27 a.m.

It's August and the traffic is still crazy on the island. Almost daily I observe near accidents and chuckle at the obliviousness of out of state licenses. Yesterday, around 2:30 PM there was a three car fender bender in front of the police station on 7th and Orange. One of the cars attempted to cross Orange Ave traffic from 7th, heading towards bay, but collided with the white car causing a three car accident...loud crunch noise brought nine uniformed officers pouring out of the station. Hoping this congestion eases up soon - I'm ready for September.



LaurenJ Aug. 25, 2013 @ 8:55 p.m.

A glimpse inside the Hansen Mansion

I had the honor of attending a wedding reception at the historical Hansen Mansion. This famous house truly transports you back in time - turn of the century wallpaper and fixtures remain intact holding onto the charm and elegant detail with which it was built.





LaurenJ Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:04 p.m.

San Diego Port Authority has put the nix on workout groups, who collect a fee, congregating at Tidelands Park. Coronado Stroller Strides is trying for a compromise, but the issue remains unresolved. No more mommy herds for the time being.


LaurenJ Sept. 1, 2013 @ 8:33 a.m.

$3 Car Wash!

I was cruising down Palm Avenue, the main drag in IB, when I spotted a $3.00 car wash. I U-turned into WashNGo to have my car cleaned automatically. Upon exiting there are rows of FREE high powered vacuums. I'm super pumped that my car was washed, dried, and vacuumed in ten minutes flat for $3.00...definitely worth a drive down the Strand.


LaurenJ Sept. 7, 2013 @ 4:38 p.m.

Winner and runner up of the 11th Annual Coronado Chainsaw Massacre Paddleboard Race strike a pose. These boarders raced 6.5 miles from Gator Beach, around the tip of Point Loma, then back to finish at Gator.



jasonserres Oct. 15, 2013 @ 7:24 p.m.

Our name is Bean Bar, an innovative and new coffeehouse that plans to open in Coronado. Please visit our indiegogo contribution page @ Let us bring a new coffee experience to the Island.



Coronado Historical Assocation Oct. 29, 2013 @ 2:04 p.m.


On Friday, November 15, at 5:30 pm, musician and storyteller Jacquelyne Silver will present a very special program in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library, taking the audience along on a glorious journey back to the first few decades after the Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888.
As a graduate of The Julliard School, Miss Silver is a renowned musician, entertainer and teacher. A well-respected and versatile pianist, with styles ranging from ragtime to Cabaret, she has performed in numerous concert halls, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Her unique style and vibrant performances have captivated audiences across the country. In celebration of the landmark hotel’s 125th birthday, Miss Silver will bring to life its early history through stories, as she performs the extraordinary music of that era. Jointly presented by the Coronado Historical Association and the Coronado Public Library in partnership with Coronado Storytellers, this delightful program is also endorsed by the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The event is free and no RSVP is required. The Winn Room is located in the Coronado Public Library on 640 Orange Avenue. For more information, contact [email protected] or call (619) 435 7242.


janetx Dec. 2, 2013 @ 2:28 p.m.

Anyone looking for a fun family event should check out the Holiday Festival at the Hotel Del 0n Wednesday, December 4. Free game booths, food for purchase, Santa Claus, and the gorgeous Del decorated to the hilt. The ice skating is pricey, but it's for a good cause. There's even fireworks at the end of the evening. It's a great kick-off to the holiday season.


Coronado Historical Assocation Jan. 29, 2014 @ 9:08 p.m.

Re-living Those Times in Tent City: CHA’s annual gala, February 22

RSVPs are pouring in, and excitement is building for the upcoming Celebrating Coronado History gala, February 22, at the Coronado Marriott. The Coronado Historical Association promises a most enjoyable evening. This year, they’re inviting guests to re-live “Those Times in Tent City,” as headliners Gerry MacCartee and Nancy Cobb entertain guests with colorful stories and vintage photographs, bringing to life the story of Tent City in Coronado. And although cocktail attire is the official dress, we hear there might be a few guests in period dress lining up at the bar!
Touted by many as "America's finest resort", Tent City provided nearly 40 years of summer fun, from 1900 to 1940. This was not just a campground, it was a fully operating small village, supplying daily maid and mail service, on site newspaper publishing, and endless entertainments and activities. Come step back with Gerry and Nancy, and re-live “Those Times in Tent City”…. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Mary Farley,[email protected]



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