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Crown Bistro – Coronado’s Best Kept Secret
Written By Megan Curtin
One of the best-rated breakfast spots in Southern California; you won’t want to overlook this gem.
Tucked away in the Crown City Inn on Orange Avenue in Coronado, California is the French-American bistro of your dreams. Family owned and operated, this quaint little bistro is an intimate 45-seat restaurant (when is no stay at home order enforced in the state), is hallmarked by Executive Chef/Owner Jerry Tovar and his family’s excellent cuisine and amazing hospitality. When I’m here, you can almost always find me outside on their patio, with their bright yellow chairs, lush and exotic greenery it really gives you the island feel. Plus the patio is dog friendly, so bring your furry friends on by!
All of their menu items are family recipes, some of which were passed down from previous generations and have been on the menu for over 25 years. Jerry and Laura Tovar have been in the restaurant business for years, taking ownership of the Bistro in the early 90’s. Their specials change weekly for both brunch and dinner, some specials are named after regulars of the restaurant, so be sure to ask about the story behind the name! You can really see and taste the love that is put into this establishment and each food item that leaves the kitchen. You just can’t beat that feel of a family owned restaurant, especially when their kids grew up and now work there too (and will likely split ownership later on in life)!
I consider myself a connoisseur of brunch, and eggs benedict, I am always looking for new brunch places, but I always find myself back at Crown Bistro. Maybe its the food, maybe its the incredible hospitality, but it’s probably the grande mimosas (extra large mimosa? sign me up!). Speaking of eggs benedict, they have a type to satisfy everyones craving; regular eggs benedict, crab benedict, hash benedict (on the secret menu, hush hush) and different variations on their weekly specials, don’t pass this up, the hollandaise is made from scratch every morning. If you aren’t as big into savory breakfast and prefer to satisfy your sweet tooth, you are just in luck! Their sweet breakfast items are just as amazing, I highly recommend the sautéed peach, cinnamon apple or bananas foster French toasts (they take a little bit longer to come out because the sauce is made fresh to order, but trust me when I say its worth the wait). Also don’t forget to get some toast with a side of Laura’s jam, its her mothers recipe who has since passed but she makes a fresh batch twice a week (no preservatives in this baby).
While they are most notable for their breakfast and lunch options, their dinner is nothing to pass up on. The mood in the restaurant changes between their closed hours of 1:30-5:00pm into an intimate and romantic setting. Their dinner servers are incredibly knowledgeable about their curated wine list and pairing that with food items on their menu, so feel free to ask! Crown Bistro is most known for their New Zeland rack of lamb, cooked to perfection with a dijon crust, topped with a mint Demi sauce and served with hot bread, vegetables and potatoes. But if lamb isn’t your go to protein, they also have amazing soups and salads, pasta dishes, chicken and fish as well as veal and other meat entrees.
The servers and hosts are always so sweet, stop by often to check in on you and make great conversation. They are also always so helpful when it comes to modifications, allergies or any food preferences and really do their best to work with you to help you have the best experience. Ask for Bella if you go (she’s the Tovar’s oldest daughter)!
If you live in the area or are ever visiting San Diego, this is a must go spot! Their brunch is served daily from 8am – 1:30pm and then dinner service goes from 5-8:30pm. Or if you prefer take out, their website is up and running for to-go ordering!
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