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In the Navy, when Elwood Maiden was young and thin and lanky, they called him "Stretch."

The name stuck, and when he opened a little sliver of an eatery on Orange Avenue in Coronado, “Stretch’s” had to be the name.



Back when healthy eating was no way cool in this burger-besotted Navy town, Stretch’s boldly served nuts and twigs.

Now, 30 years and a couple of owners later, Stretch’s is closing. But they ain’t going quietly.

Before August 27, closing day, they intend to sell 6000 of their “world-famous bacon burritos.”


“We’ve already sold 5300 since January,” says Lindsey Palmer, the place’s cook and owner.


Towards 6,000: chalkboard scorecard. Actually, before mine, they're at 5316. That's 684 to go

The fad started when Navy Seals came, tasted the bacon burrito, and ever since have pretty much adopted it, she says.

“Ever since, it’s been our number one seller.”


Assistant cook Chloë hands me my bacon burrito

Healthy? In the “a-little-of-what-you-fancy-does-you-good” way, for sure. It’s a combo of bacon, country fries, scrambled eggs and jack cheese rolled in a tortilla that she then pan-sears on one side so it’s crispy, then adds guacamole, sour cream, and a delish hot sauce that’s peanut-based. Say no mo’.


My bacon burrito, out in the sun

And yes, Palmer says, they still sell lots of actually-good-for-you items like salads and lentil wraps.


Healthy colors inside Stretch's Cafe


And they have an awesome collection of hot sauces

So, lessee: 683 bacon burritos to go - after mine - and the count-down continues.

Irony? The island’s health pioneer is gonna become a little hot dog joint, Delux Dogs. Due to open in November.

But hey, this is Coronado…They promise they’ll be gourmet, with “artisanal sausage” options.

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