Chez Loma is one of the restaurants for A Taste of Coronado on Oct. 11. Staff photo by Sofie Fransen.

Home to a little slice of heaven, Coronado has plenty of amazing cuisine options to match the feeling of paradise. 

Divide it anyway you want — pizzas, pastas, deli meats, charcuterie boards, down home meals, high-end cuisine — the island has food to satisfy your needs.

With the all-day Coronado Fourth of July festivities and other events, visitors and residents may want to consider thinking about food ahead of time, especially when it comes to the day of the parade.

You may want to consider what food options will support your on-the-move celebration style. 

In addition to the Coronado Fourth of July vendor options in Spreckels Park, here are a few grab-and-go food options and shareable platters to cater to the mobile style of the day: 

Chez Loma

A lamb rigatoni dish served with parmesan on a dining table in Chez Loma.
Spicy lamb rigatoni served at Chez Loma along with dishes with old school French techniques and fresh seasonal ingredients. Staff photo by Sofie Fransen.

Located within the historical Carey-Hizar House at 1132 Loma Ave., Chez Loma is the perfect location to enjoy a charming, candlelit dinner amongst French windows, a quaint upstairs dining room and European inspired character. 

Here, you can always count on dishes that incorporate old school French techniques with fresh, seasonal ingredients, along with dishes inspired from a variety of cultures. 

Try out their newly implemented brunch menu from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in addition to their extensive dinner times. 

Wine A Bit

Home to a wine bar and patio, Wine A Bit on 928 Orange Ave. serves over 200 exceptional boutique style wines from around the world. 

Relax and unwind with a glass of wine or craft beer, or enjoy a unique appetizer list and artisan Flatbread pizza. 

Wine tasting events are offered weekly along with several venue options for a private event.

Island Pasta

Located at 1202 Orange Ave., Island Pasta is a perfect option to grab a sandwich, pasta or pizza during or after the parade. 

Send a family member or friend to grab food to go while others save spots along the parade route. 

Park Place Liquor Deli

Front of Park Place Liquor & Deli.
Park Place Liquor & Deli is a great stop for sandwiches along the Coronado Fourth of July Parade route. Staff photo by Sofie Fransen.

This hidden gem serves an unexpected killer sandwich. 

Try mouth-watering sandwiches like the Park Chicken Ciabatta, meatball sandwich, natural sandwich or the Big Kahuna. 

Also located along the parade route near Rotary Park on Orange Avenue, this is an ideal stop in between activities of the day. 

Scratch Gourmet

Order a gourmet charcuterie board from Scratch Gourmet for delivery only at (619) 987-4912.

Full of fresh and dried fruit, cheeses, olives, bread crackers and nuts, the platter is perfect for an after the parade park celebration and shareable with a large group of people. 

Scratch delivers between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., but be sure to allow 48 hours of notice. 

The sizes vary. A mini serves one person, a small serves two to three people, a medium serves six to eight, and a large serves 15 to 18 people. 

In addition to preparing easily accessible food for the day of, longtime veterans of Coronado’s Fourth of July  recommend making reservations in advance.

If you are here for an extended vacation surrounding the Fourth, here are a few local tips of places to try out. 

The Night & Day Cafe

In a hidden sliver along Orange Avenue, a homey small town diner has been watering mouths since 1929. 

The Night & Day Cafe, 847 Orange Ave., serves everything you could want in a cafe— big breakfasts, burgers and sandwiches for lunch, and tacos and burritos for dinner— all along a singular bar that fills the length of the cafe built during the Great Depression. 

No reservation needed, but with the small scope of the cafe, be sure to plan ahead. 

Beach & Taco Shack; Babcock & Story Bar

Bar in the historic Hotel del Coronado, with a few people sitting at the tables outside.
Babcock & Story Bar in the Hotel del Coronado. Staff photo by Willem Quigley.

In the mood for some food and a promenade with music? Head to the iconic Hotel del Coronado where the Beach & Taco Shack and the Babcock & Story Bar have live music. 

While you can dig your toes in the sand at the Beach & Taco shack while enjoying tropical cocktails and fish tacos, the Babcock & Story Bar serves craft cocktails and tasty bites on a stunning mahogany bar. 

Bluewater Boathouse and Seafood Grill

Located across from the Hotel del Coronado and adorned in the same victorian-style architecture, the Bluewater Boathouse and Seafood Grill at 1701 Strand Way has a lovely atmosphere.  

The landmark was built in 1887 as a design prototype for the Hotel del Coronado. It is surrounded by picturesque views of Glorietta Bay and serves fresh seafood.  

Garage Buona Forchetta

Front entrance of Garage Buona Forchetta.
Garage Buona Forchetta is a “Best of Coronado” award-winning restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Staff photo by Sofie Fransen.

Making a reservation for dinner at this “Best of Coronado” award-winning restaurant is already a must. 

But add Garage Buona Forchetta at 1000 C. Ave. to your list of must-trys for a weekend breakfast. Some staples include the Buona Forchetta french toast, which has a crispy corn flake crust, the Stracciata toast with smoked prosciutto and eggs, and crafted omelets. 

Be sure to call ahead for reservations. 

McP’s Irish Pub

Originally founded by former Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin in 1982, McP’s Irish pub at 1107 Orange Ave., is still home to locals and men and women in the military. 

Stop by for a drink, a meal, or just to take in the history and memories.  

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Sofie Fransen is a staff writer for The Coronado News. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, majoring in English-Education and minoring in Journalism. She was the Opinion Editor of The Point student newspaper. In the summers, she has been commercial fishing for the sockeye salmon run in Alaska. She can be reached by email or at 360-527-5848.