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Best of Coronado 2017

Our readers voted this spring both online and through paper ballots for their favorite foods, nightspots, and all the professionals they rely on. You’ll find familiar names along with a few new ones on this year’s list.

Taste Sensations!

American: Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge

Bagels: Bruegger’s Bagels

Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q

Bistro/Café: Tartine

Burger: Burger Lounge

Caterer: Prêt Gourmet

Coffee: Café 1134

Comfort Food: Clayton’s Coffee Shop

Deli: TIE!

Boney’s Bayside Market

Park Place Liquor & Deli

French: Chez Loma

Greek: Spiro’s Greek Cafe

Italian: Primavera Ristorante

Lobster: Lobster West

Mexican: Miguel’s Cocina

Pizza: High Tide Pizza

Seafood: Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar

Smoothie: Juice Crafters

Steak: Stake Chophouse & Bar

Sushi: Saiko Sushi

Asian: Bistro d’Asia

Take out: Clayton’s Mexican Take Out

Thai: Swaddee

Wine List: Wine A Bit

Restaurant Wine 
List: Stake Chophouse & Bar

Meal Prep/Delivery: Scratch Gourmet


Time to Eat!

Breakfast: Clayton’s Coffee Shop

Brunch: Hotel del Coronado

Lunch: Tartine

Dinner: Stake Chophouse & Bar

Best Hotel Restaurant: Crown Bistro (at Crown City Inn)


Food and event pros:

Best Chef: Chef Billy Gilchrist, Tartine

Favorite Maitre d: Jaime Toledo, Primavera Ristorante

Wedding Planner: Amanda McPhail, 
Creative Affairs, Inc.


The Sweet Spot

Cupcakes: Coronado Cupcakery

Dessert: Tartine

Frozen Yogurt: 
Yogurt Escape

Gelato: Nado Gelato

Ice Cream: 
Mootime Creamery

Bakery: Tartine

Candy: Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory


Time to Party!

Bar scene: McP’s Irish Pub & Grill

Entertainment: McP’s Irish 
Pub & Grill

Live Music: McP’s Irish Pub & Grill

Theater (live): Lamb’s 
Players Theatre

Wine Bar: Wine A Bit

Hideaway: The Little Club

Most Pet Friendly Restaurant: Tartine


Rest your head!

Best Hotel 100+ rooms: 
Hotel del Coronado

Best Small Boutique Hotel: Hotel Marisol

Best Bed & Breakfast: 1906 Lodge


Look your best:

Barber: Island Barbers

Beauty Salon: Coronado Beauty Salon

Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. William Schuffett

Cosmetic Medical Surgery: Coronado Plastic Surgery Center

Dry Cleaners: Crown Cleaners

Esthetician: Natalie Falletta, Salon de Ville

Hairdresser: Ashley Free, Salon de Ville

Hair Colorist: Terri, Kate Chan Salon

Manicurist: Denise Grimsley, Coronado Beauty Salon

Tailor: Amier’s Tailor Shop

Shop till you drop 
at the Best…

Art Gallery: Emerald C Gallery

Children’s Clothing: Charisma

Women’s Clothing: Pretty Please

Men’s Wear: Men’s Mojo

Florist: Coronado Flower Lady

Gift Shop: Charisma

Hardware Store: Coronado Hardware

Home Furnishings: Côtier

Jewelry: The Attic

Pet Supplies: Wag‘n Tails

Consignment/Resale Goods and Best Bargains: Christ Church Thrift Shop (formerly known at the Opportunity Shop)

Office Supplies: Business 
Products Express

Surfwear/Boards: Emerald City


Get moving with 
the best:

Gym: Coronado Fitness Club

Exercise Instructor: Leanne Anderson, Jazzercise

Personal Trainer: Luke Jensen, Coronado Fitness Club

Pilates Studio: Bamboo Pilates

Yoga Studio: Coronado Yoga & Wellness Center

Yoga Instructor: Linda Marques, Coronado Yoga & Wellness Center

Dance studio: Coronado Academy of Dance


Feel your best:

Acupuncturist: Dr. Gila Peled, 
Island Acupuncture

Chiropractor: Dr. Paul Potter, Potter Chiropractic

Massage Therapist: Julie Garden, Coronado Island Chiropractic

Pharmacy: Rite Aid

Best Hotel Spa: The Spa at the Del

Best Day Spa Outside a Hotel: Orchid Day Spa


Home Pros:

Architect: Kevin Rugee, 
Kevin Rugee Architect

General Contractor: 
Dana Cavanaugh, 
Cavanaugh Construction

Interior Designer/Interior Design Firm: Jessica Tompane, 
J Hill Interiors

Mortgage Professional: 
Kory Kavanewsky, CMG Mortgage

Carpet Cleaner: Coronado Carpet and Stone

Plumber: Bay and 
Shore Company

Property Manager: Crestmont Property Management

Real Estate Agent: 
Ruth Ann Fisher, 
Del Coronado Realty

Your Money, 
Your Life!

Accountant: Hayes & Associates

Attorney: Alisa Kerr, 
Kerr Law

Financial Institution: 
Chase Bank

Financial Planner:

Dan Gensler, 
The Gensler Group

Insurance Agent: Jack Dale, State Farm Insurance

Wealth Manager: 
Dan Gensler, 
The Gensler Group


And all the other pros you need in your life!

Auto Repair: 
El Cordova Garage

Pet Sitter: Doreen Tafelski, Carefree Pet Care

Photographer: Kristen LiVigni, Kristen Vincent Photography

Travel Agent: 
Pat Flynn, Kahala Travel

Veterinarian: Jennifer Jarvis, DVM, Crown Veterinary Hospital

Tony Perri,
Surf’s Up Studios



Best Brain Buster: Monday night trivia at Spicy House

Work your noodle as you enjoy some noodles! Former Coronado mayor Casey Tanaka hosts an entertaining and rabble-rousing round of trivia every Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. asking teams to answer quirky questions in a variety of categories. Winners receive gift cards to the restaurant and participants get 15 percent off food and drink while playing. 126 Orange Ave., (619) 435-1775



Best way to pop-up shop till you drop: Bungalow 56

Since it opened in 2014, this store has been bursting at the seams with fresh and inspired home décor, curated by interior designing duo Jessica Nicolls and Karyn Frazier. And now that the store has expanded into the space next door, even more shopping fun is popping up. 
Every weekend this July and August, various artists will be hosting pop-up shops in the space, setting up for brief periods to sell their wares. That means there will always be something new to discover – and isn’t that when shopping is the most fun? Check b56popup.com for a schedule of vendors.



Best outdoor movie venue: The Hotel Del’s beach

This summer you can watch the stars under the stars with your toes in the sand. The Hotel del Coronado features beloved 
family movies and cult classics, free to the public, on a large outdoor screen throughout July and August. Del Beach chairs are available for rent ($15), or go all-out with the Family Movie Package, which includes a private bonfire, s’mores for four people, Del beach chairs and a Del beach daybed ($250). Don’t miss Star Wars – Rogue One on July 21 or Wizard of Oz on Aug. 25, among other celebrated movies. Hoteldel.com



Best place to tickle the ivories: Rotary Park’s public piano

At the base of the enormous Norfolk pine tree you’ll find a colorful – and musical – addition to Rotary Park. Virtuosos and beginners alike are encouraged to “sit a spell and play a tune” on the new public piano, donated to the city by recently retired Fire Chief Mike Blood and decorated with colorful iconic Coronado images by local artist Jody Esquer. The public art installation will remain up until December.



Best way to take the cake: The Neighborhood Kid Baker

He’s been baking since he was a tyke, but two years ago, twelve-year-old Ty Alvarez got more serious about his culinary art. He started with neighborhood lemonade stands, then began a Facebook group “The Neighborhood Kid Baker.” There, people place special orders or buy featured items he offers every two weeks such as lemon bars, puff pastries, cupcakes and brownies. He has no set prices; you just pay based on sweet tooth satisfaction.



Best public bathrooms: Spreckels Park

Public bathrooms may not often be something to celebrate, but the new commodes in Spreckels Park will leave visitors flushed with excitement. Local artist Kirsten Green has added floral murals above the sink troughs, paying homage to the annual Coronado Flower Show held in the park. Green also created the exterior murals, which have been restored. Because construction won’t wrap until later this summer, the new bathrooms will only be open during Sunday concerts in the park. In the meantime, the city has installed two temporary bathrooms with lots of reading material about Coronado history built right in. One, near the playground, is awash with images of Tent City’s early 1900 carousel (still running adjacent to the San Diego Zoo); the other is designed to look like an early 20th-century rail car ridden by prominent Coronado figures such as John D. Spreckels, L. Frank Baum and the slightly transparent image of Kate Morgan, who is rumored to haunt the halls of the Hotel Del.



Best way to set sail: Private sail for two at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

When it comes to getting out on the water, renting and manning a sailboat can seem a bit daunting to the novice sailor. But a private two-hour sail for two, guided by a professional captain, takes all the work out of it, allowing you and your special someone to take in the sea air with panoramas of the Coronado Bay Bridge and downtown San Diego skyline. A bottle of wine or sparkling cider is included. Prices start at $245. 
(619) 424-4000



Best New Use of Space: Holland’s Bicycles

Have you been to Holland’s bike shop lately? You’ll find it a lot easier to move around, following an extensive reorganization of the shop, which has been a fixture on the Coronado landscape since 1924. Since Karl and Zarina Young purchased it three years ago, they’ve been revamping the space so that cyclists can pedal in and out in no time. The repair area 
has been moved to a storefront on Tenth Street, making it easy to drop off and pick up bikes; a back room once overwhelmed with helmets and accessories has been converted into a customized bike and shoe-fitting area; multiple racks added to the alley-way behind the main store has allowed Holland’s to double its fleet of bike rentals. And if you want a little more horsepower between your legs, Holland’s second Orange Avenue storefront has been converted into a space specifically for electric bike merchandise. 977 Orange Ave.