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Best of Coronado 2016

Here they are, Coronado! The shops and services, the food and drink, the arts and entertainment that our readers voted the very Best in Coronado. We’ve also sprinkled in a handful of our own favorites — “Editors’ Picks.” Check them all out this summer… and beyond!

Let’s Eat! Here are the BEST places to go for:

Breakfast: Clayton’s

Brunch: Hotel del Coronado

Lunch: Tartine

Dinner: Primavera Ristorante

Best chef: Tim Kolanko, Blue Bridge Hospitality Group

Favorite maître d’ : Jaime Toledo,  Primavera Ristorante

Hotel Restaurant: Crown Bistro

American: Leroy’s Kitchen + Bar

Bagels: Bruegger’s Bagels

Barbecue: Lil Piggys

Burger: Burger Lounge

Comfort food: Clayton’s

Cupcakes: Coronado Cupcakery


French: Chez Loma

Frozen yogurt: Yogurt Escape

Gelato: Nado Gelato

Greek: Spiro’s Greek Cafe

Italian: Primavera Ristorante

Ice Cream: MooTime

Mexican: Miguel’s Cocina

Pastry: Tartine

Pizza: High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen

Seafood: The Brigantine

Steak: STAKE Chophouse

Sushi: Saiko Sushi

Asian: Bistro d’Asia

Thai: Swaddee Thai

Smoothie: Juice Crafters

Bistro: Tartine


For great times head to 
the BEST…

Bar scene: McP’s Irish Pub

Hide-away: The Little Club

Live music: McP’s Irish Pub

Theater (live):Lamb’s Players Theatre

Wine bar: Wine a Bit

Pet-friendly: McP’s Irish Pub


Stay over night at the BEST:

Hotel 100 rooms+: Hotel del Coronado

Boutique hotel (under 100 rooms): Hotel Marisol

Bed & Breakfast: 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach


BEST shopping on the island:

Art: Art & Frames

Bargains: Smart & Final Extra

Women’s boutique: Pretty Please

Flowers: Root 75

Gifts: The Attic

Hardware: Coronado Hardware

Home furnishings: Cotier

Jewelry: Muhl’s

Pet Supplies: Wag’n Tails

Pharmacy: Rite Aid

Thrift shop: Christ Church Thrift Cottage

Office supplies: Business Products Express


BEST Pros in the Know:

Accountant: Hayes & Associates

Architect: Kevin Rugee, Kevin Rugee Architect

Attorney: Margaret Herring, Herring & Herring

Auto repair: El Cordova Garage

Financial institution: Chase Bank

Financial planner: Dan Gensler, The Gensler Group

General contractor: Nicolls Design Build

Insurance broker: Bo Blumenthal

Interior Designer: Bungalow 56

Mortgage pro: Kory Kavenewsky

Pet sitter: Doreen Tafelski, Carefree PetCare

Photography: Kristen Vincent Photography

Plumber: Jimmy B Quick

Property manager: Crestmont Property

Real estate agent: Ruth Ann Fisher, Del Realty

Travel agent: Pat Flynn, Kahala Travel

Veterinarian: Christie Walker, DVM, Crown Veterinarian

Wealth manager: Dan Gensler, The Gensler Group

Wedding planner: Amanda McPhail, Creative Affairs + Helen Walker, Coronado Wedding Chapel by the Sea


To get in shape, head to the BEST:

Gym: Coronado Fitness Club

Personal trainer: Luke Jensen, Coronado Fitness Club

Pilates studio: Bamboo

Yoga studio: Coronado Yoga & Wellness Center

Yoga instructor: Linda Marques

Dance studio: Coronado Academy of Dance


Here’s who to see to look your BEST:

Barber: Bow Ties & Haircuts

Beauty salon: Coronado Beauty Salon

Cosmetic surgeon: Dr. William Shuffett

Dry cleaner: Crown Cleaners

Esthetician: Penny King

Hairdresser: Reese Mancillas, Coronado Beauty Salon

Hair colorist: Brittany Withouski, Salon de Ville

Manicurist: Denise Grimsley, Coronado Beauty Salon

Tailor: Amier


Feel your BEST:

Acupuncturist: Dr. Gila Peled, Island Acupuncture

Chiropractor: Dr. Joe Snyder, Discover Wellness Coronado

Massage therapist: Monique Robert

Hotel Spa: Spa at the Del

Day spa outside a hotel: Bellasima Sea Spa

EDITORS’ PICK Best place to buy Doughnuts

Best Doughnuts-  Clayton’s Walk-up Window DSC_0098Even though the window at Clayton’s on Tenth Street is pretty much the only place to buy doughnuts these days, their selection is delicious, and the quaint walk-up setting adds to the treat.

EDITORS’ PICK Best Game in Town: Coronado-opoly 

DSC_0080Hot off the presses via the Coronado Chamber of Commerce is Coronado’s own version of the popular board game. Get set to “Go,” departing from Hotel del Coronado. Journey around the board, with the chance to purchase the “deeds” to a number of local businesses, venues and island favorites.

$40; buy at the Coronado Chamber (1125 Tenth St.)

EDITORS’ PICK Best place to catch up with the Mayor 

Best place to catch up with the Mayor DSC_0104If you’re ever in the mood to chat with Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka (and his “Chief of Staff,” Leo), Café 1134 is a safe bet for a run-in.

EDITORS’ PICK Best New Eatery 

lobster roll DSC_0062LobsterWest, located a block off Orange at 1033 B Avenue.  The main event here is the lobster roll, where East Coast crustaceans are shipped overnight and served in buttery toasted buns.

EDITORS’ PICK Best thing to share at a summer BBQ  

best thing to share at bbq DSC_0049Mike’s Island Dip, handcrafted in Coronado by Mike Woodall, is a crowd pleaser. Serve it as a dip with your favorite veggies or chips, slather it on entrées, or use it to dress up your favorite salad. Pick some up at Boney’s Bayside Market or order online at islanddip.com

EDITORS’ PICK Best book nook   

Book Nook DSC_0053This “Little Free Library” is nestled on Fourth Street between G and H avenues. Swing by and borrow or lend a good read!

EDITORS’ PICK Best onion rings

photo 3The Maui-stye onion rings at Peohe’s are coated in coconut and fried to crispy, golden perfection. Dip them in the chipotle ketchup for a satisfying crunch.

EDITORS’ PICK Creative Outlet: Coronado Coloring Book

COLORING BOOK Collage Maker_DS0zK8Karrie Jackson has compiled a fantastic 44-page coloring book with designs based off her original paintings from around the island. Staying inside the lines is optional. $15. (619) 840-4923 or kare4art@gmail.com

EDITORS’ PICK Best new art installation  

DSC03003Coronado High School advanced art and after-school enrichment class students have completed “Jazz Hands,” the campus’ seventh mosaic, on the stairs outside the 300 Building. Pieces of tile, glass and stone come together to create a vibrant, eye- and sunlight-catching work of art for the public to enjoy.

EDITORS’ PICK Best spot to snap a selfie  

best place for selfieA perfect selfie spot is on Ocean Boulevard, just below where the sidewalk meets the walkway to the Hotel del Coronado. Walk out on the sand about 50 yards, face north and say “Cheese!” You’ll capture the iconic red turrets of the hotel behind you and the sands of Coronado’s celebrated beach.

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