Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dinner at Coronado Cafe

The Coronado Cafe is on 7th Street north of McDowell on the east side of the street. Donnalee and I had spent the afternoon at the Home Show dreaming about fancy glass art sinks, huge wood and iron doors, and upgraded tile and wood floors. We were finished looking at ALL booths about 4:30 and decided to stop somewhere for dinner. I suggested the Coronado Cafe, since I had enjoyed a wonderful lunch here a few weeks ago.

Well, this is an awesome find for dinner. Fine white table cloths, and twinkling candles highlighted the glassware. We were the first in line and were seated right away. I would advise reservations, as the seats filled quickly and people looked as if they were there for a leisurely dinner. Donnalee and I stayed for two hours.

We started the dinner with an appetizer. Unable to choose between three brushetta choices for $6.00, we selected the combo brushetta for $7. Clever marketing...present three excellant choices for one price, and a combo for a higher price. All were wonderful and it was worth it for us to split the plate at $3.50 each.

Tomato Bruschetta, tomato, basil, garlic, parmesan with pesto infused olive oil $6.
Goat Cheese Bruschetta, roasted red pepper, caramelized onion with pesto infused olive oil $6. Gorgonzola Bruschetta, sundried and fresh tomatoes, kalamata olives, pine nuts $6.
Indecisive Bruschetta, can’t decide? Try two of each of the Bruschettas above $7.

We then decided to try the soup. Two choices were available to we had one of each. The Cafe Chicken Soup was good, but the Vegetarian was incredible. It was a thick onion soup with dark broth, infused with small vegetable pieces. So good and the better choice (for me) of the two.

Vegetarian Soup of the Day $7.
Cafe Chicken Soup, red potatoes, corn, dumplings, chicken in broth $5.

For our meal, I couldn't stop my mouth from watering when I read the description of the meatloaf. How good could meatloaf be? This was incredible. The presentation is a tall stack of meatloaf and the fork mashed potatoes. The photo is what it looks like after I had attacked it and remembered to take a photo.

Cafe Meatloaf, portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, and cheddar with grilled squashes, fork mashed potatoes, hatch green chili sauce and balsamic reduction $16.

Donnalee had a salad, with grilled chicken added. She said that it was wonderful.

Gorgonzola Salad, baby greens, gorgonzola cheese, sweet red onion, granny smith apples and candied walnuts, herb balsamic vinaigrette $5.50 for the salad, then some additional money for the chicken.

We finished the meal with French Press coffee, brewed to perfection.

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