Coronado Brewing Company for Tacos and Beer- Coronado, CA
Name: Coronado Brewing Company
Where: 170 Orange Avenue Coronado, California 92118
Cost: Beer– Taster $2.50-$3.25 | 1/2 Pint $3.50-$4.25 | Pint $6.00-$7.50 | 32 oz. Growler $6.50-$8.00 | 64 oz. Growler $12.00-$15.00 | 2 L Growler $12.50-$15.75 | 1 Gal. $22.00-$29.00
Food– Pub Foods $5.00-$16.00 | Soups & Salads $5.00-$17.00 | Tacos $11.00-$13.00 | Burgers $12.00-$13.50 | Pizzas/Calzones $12.00-$15.00 | Pastas $15.00-$17.00 | Sandwiches $12.00-$15.00 | Grilled Steaks/Chicken/Fish (with 2 sides) $16.00-$29.00
About: Coronado Brewing Company’s (CBC) original microbrewery and eatery is located in Coronado, a small beach community across the bay from San Diego. For 20 years this neighborhood brewpub, a block from the bay, has served brewery-fresh beer and enhanced pub food to locals and travelers, alike. The quality of the beer, food, customer service, and ambience has made the restaurant quite popular year after year, keeping the place packed whenever it is open.
The vibe at CBC is wood with Craftsman-style accents. Its feel is warm and welcoming: soft lighting, etched glass, plantation shutters, and French doors that open to a small sidewalk patio.
As a testament to the quality of their beer, last year CBC won the World Beer Cup for Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brewmaster. If they ever entered a comparable contest for their food, I’m sure they would be selected for a similar award. Like their beer, the food they serve is made with quality, fresh ingredients and is always tasty.
I’ve been going to this brewpub since they opened 19 years ago. The beer, food, and service has always been exemplary. That’s why I visited yesterday for tacos and beer.
What I ate: Braised Beef Street Tacos– A special for San Diego Beer Week. The dish was beautiful and tasted as good as it looked. Plated was three folded mini corn tortillas filled with succulent and tender beer-braised beef, topped with chipotle cream sauce, fresh pico de gallo, a huge dollop of guacamole, and a dusting of cotija cheese.
The beef braised in beer made these tacos extra special. Each one had a delicious, heartiness to it, and one after another, they were all packed with flavor. The chipotle cream added a nice kick to them. Tacos were accompanied by a fresh lime wedge and a small cup of homemade salsa. Sublime.
What I drank: At bartender’s suggestion I paired the dish with Montennial Pale Ale (4.9% ABV/57 IBU). This beer is named for the Mosaic and Centennial hops it is brewed with. The menu describes it as a hopped up “West Coast Pale Ale.” I found it to be quite nice. Crisp and hoppy, but smooth. It had aromas and flavors that reminded me of honey, lemon, tropical fruit, and pine needles. It’s a medium-bodied, well balanced brew, with just the right amount of bitterness.
Likes: The tacos were outstanding, as was the beer. A long list of brewery-fresh beers to choose from. High quality beer and food at reasonable prices. Customer service is always excellent. Comfortable seating at the bar, booths, and tables. Ambience.
Dislikes: Not much to gripe about.
The Verdict: Highly recommended. Beer and food to remember.Share This: