1201 First Street
Coronado, CA 92118
By Judi Curry
Who goes out to eat on Mother’s Day? And at a restaurant that crowded regardless if it is a holiday or not?
Two of my daughters wanted to take me out for a Mother’s Day brunch. (My middle daughter had to work today.) Stephanie really enjoys Eggs Benedict and had never been to Peohe’s, so she and Michele decided that would be a good place to go.
The view is fantastic; the surroundings beautiful, and every time Michele has had a meal there it was delightful. (I concur with her.) When they decided that was where they wanted to go, Michele made reservations for 10:15am and she picked Stephanie and I up at 9:45am for a whirlwind ride to Coronado.
(Did I mention that Michele drives a convertible? Did I mention that the top was down? Did I mention that both Michele and Stephanie have long hair that really whips in the wind? I probably didn’t mention that Lawson, Michele’s friend is quite tall – 6’4” or so, and he cannot ride in Michele’s car unless the top is down? No? Then I probably didn’t mention that I am sure that in another life Michele must have been a race-car driver because she likes to drive fast. )
I was surprised when Michele donned a cap to hold back her long hair, and as it began to fly off before we ever got off of Sunset Cliffs Lawson helped her with her driving as she put the cap back on. Wouldn’t want to be late for our reservation!
Actually, we went at a very good time. The parking lot still had a number of empty spaces and we only had to wait a few minutes for our table. We had a table right at the window and could watch the boats sail past us in a ghostly fashion.
When Stephanie sat down and pulled her chair closer to the table she discovered that the underside of the chair was quite sticky, and asked the waiter if he could bring her a wet towel to wipe it off. He did so within moments. (She later got up to wash her hands.)
After looking at the Mother’s Day Brunch menu – we all made our decisions as to what to order. (I did not copy it down because I was not going to do a review and could not find it online ) However, you can see by the variety of what we ordered, there was something for everyone in our party. We ordered French Toast; A Seafood Frittata; Eggs Benedict; and a Shrimp Omelet.
Nothing was over $15 and all was served with fresh fruit and home-style potatoes. With only one exception, we each had a Bloody Mary, and we all ordered coffee. Both of the beverages were tasty. I don’t usually order coffee but I was happy that I did, because it was very good.
Our waiter left something to be desired, however. Michele asked for a cup of coffee shortly after ordering the Bloody Mary. The waiter acknowledged the order, but it took some time before it was brought to the table. I also ordered a cup of coffee and Lawson finally asked someone else to bring it to me because after 10 minutes I did not receive it. (I did get it after I had been served a cup by the other waiter.)
When our food was served it was hot, presented well, and none of us had any complaints. (It is interested to note that what was written in the reviews from last year were completely opposite from our experience.)
The muffins, which I noticed were served to other diners before their meal was served, was given to us after we had begun eating our brunch. They were hot and tasty, but it would have been nice to have them before we were almost finished! And even though Peohe’s is thought to be very expensive, our meal, plus drinks, were not as expensive as I thought it might be. Since I was a guest I do not know how much the actual bill came to, but judging from the prices on the menu it was right in line with other restaurants offering the same fare.
Would I return to Peohe’s in the future? Without question. But I would hope that the service would be better the next time. It is true that it was a holiday, and I usually do not go out during those times, but it was early in the morning and our waiter should have been more alert. But I would go back just to sit and relax and have a drink while admiring the view. There aren’t many more like it.