|Diver Scallops + Shrimp|
When the news broke that Chef JC Colón would be taking over the executive chef position at Leroy's Kitchen + Bar, we knew that a return visit to this Coronado hotspot would soon be in order. Chef Colón, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, boasts an impressive resume that includes roles in the coveted kitchens of both CUCINA urbana and Kensington Grill, so we were enthusiastic to see how this classically trained chef would embrace and evolve the eclectic, farm to table cuisine that Leroy's has become known for. A recent dinner revealed that Chef Colón has settled right in, incorporating influences from positions past, and making the menu an extension of his own culinary personality while maintaining the quality and form Leroy's patrons have come accustomed to.
Leroy's Kitchen + Bar is a favorite of locals and a destination spot for in-the-know diners. Located on Coronado's main drag of Orange Avenue, the eatery falls comfortably under such genres as "California modern," "farm-to-table" and "local and sustainable," and the menu alters with the seasons. The craft beer movement is embraced, wine is reasonably priced and of substantial variety, and craft cocktails are creatively constructed. Leroy's is hip and laid back, but it doesn't relax on the quality of its output. They do it right on all fronts.
|Chorizo stuffed calamari|
The grilled chorizo stuffed calamari ($9) came to the table with authority, demanding attention with its presentation. The smokey squid, busting at the seams with spicy chorizo, was surrounded by a heaping salad of arugala, radicchio, cherry tomatoes, croutons and baby squid, and served with a side of pimenton sauce. This innovative take on surf and turf was far more comforting than we'd anticipated. The Spanish chorizo beaconed with flavor, the squid added texture and smokiness, and the salad lightened the overall experience.
We cleansed our palates with more hoppy beer and a refreshing local beet salad ($10). Beets are all the rave this time of year, and Leroy's put on the best showing we've seen all season with this salad of red and gold beets, bucheron cheese, watercress and spicy almond brittle. How did they get those red beets so tender? It was so good that we even abandoned all of our sauce options and began dredging Bavarian pretzel tears across the mosaic of colors left on the salad plate.
Leroy's definitely moved forward in the right direction with Chef JC Colón, and we eagerly anticipate his continuous revitalizing of the menu. The energy of the establishment remains upbeat, friendly and welcoming, and the dishes continue to impress, making Leroy's a true destination dining establishment.
Leroy's is located at 1015 Orange Avenue in Coronado. For more information, visit Leroy's website or call (619) 437-6087.
LEROY'S KITCHEN + BAR
1015 Orange Ave., Coronado
Mon-Tues: 11:00am - 10:00 pm
Wed-Fri: 11:00 am - Midnight
Sat: 10:00 am - Midnight
Sun: 10:00am - 10:00 pm
Brunch Sat+Sun: 10am - 4pm
Lunch: 11am - 4pm
Social Hour: 4pm - 6pm
Dinner: 5pm - 10pm
Late Night Social Hour: 10pm - Midnight