Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge
Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge is on the beautiful island of Coronado. When San Diego Restaurant Week rolled around, I thought it'd be a glorious time to cross the blue bridge for a visit. The restaurant is a few streets away from the historic Hotel del Coronado but we were able to score a parking spot nearby. Our late lunch may have been another helpful factor.
There's a patio area with bright red umbrellas for basking in the sunny San Diego weather while the inside has both booths and tables.
There are a few TV's for watching sports at the bar while you drink.
The beer menu has a varied selection on tap plus space to advertise upcoming promotions.
We were seated at a booth facing the bar and provided the SDRW lunch menu. It's a $15 pre-fix lunch with one appetizer and one entree. Menu is attached at the bottom of the post.
Deviled Eggs / Eben Haezer Ranch Eggs, Mango Chutney, Garam Masala
If you're not already familiar, garam masala is a spice blend commonly used for Indian food. There was just something about that unique Indian spice taste that we really enjoyed about this appetizer. Also, rather than a mayo-heavy taste, it was yolky with a mild sweetness from the mango. The greens on the side were simple and undressed.
Brussels / Local honey + Mustard, Mustard Seeds, Parmesan
This appetizer was too soft because it was a bit overcooked. I've been leaning toward brussels with more chew these days. Still, there were a few crunchier edges from being roasted and it carried a mild mustard bite to contrast with the parmesan. A little more bite wouldn't hurt though.
Truffled Fries & Tomato Bisque
These two items were also on the appetizer list but we decided to hit two birds with one stone by ordering the entrees that already included them. The thin fries were crispy and satisfying, especially when dipped in the house pomegranate ketchup or garlic aoili sauce! The bisque was a little on the sour side though so we weren't fans of it.
Leroy's Burger / Holey Cow, Bacon Jam, House Pickles, Truffled Fries
The burger looked simple but was actually quite good. The thick and juicy patty (ordered medium rare) was seasoned nicely and complemented by the subtle but savory bacon jam under the bun. The garlic aioli that came with the fries were also good with the burger.
Truffled Grilled Cheese / Tomato, Beech Mushrooms, Savory Spinach, Tomato Bisque
The bread on this sandwich was crusty and so buttery that it overpowered the star ingredient of cheese. Add on the oilier sauted spinach and mushrooms and it wasn't exactly a winning grilled cheese combo for us. Some might like dipping it into their tomato bisque but with a sour soup, we didn't really care for this entree overall.
Our food took a while to come out and we'd be eyeing the servers who walked nearby, hoping ours was next. The service was a bit slow too, especially when we were trying to flag someone down for the check. Besides the burger and deviled eggs that we ordered, I recommend trying the poke tacos. Their menu also changes seasonally so elements of a dish may be different on your visit. They have a social hour (basically a happy hour) on most days so that may be worth checking out as well.
Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge
1015 Orange Avenue
Coronado CA 92118