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Enjoy the Good Life at Calypso Cafe is the Motto of this "Hidden Gem" in the Coronado Cays.

Jun 12, 2016 01:47AM ● By Paul Spear

Enjoy the Good Life at Calypso Cafe is the Motto of this "Hidden Gem" in the Coronado Cays and you sure feel that way while you are visiting and enjoying a meal at the Cafe!

 I was afforded a marvelously enjoyable dining experience in an intimate and skillfully 

 decorated space, which invited you in and made you welcome. There is a deck for outside dining which is directly on the boat harbor and is a restful and pleasant spot to dine unlike any other.  It is possible to take a gondola ride after your meal if desired for a truly romantic adventure.  

The menu is an invitation to mouthwatering selections of items and tastefully crafted wines and beers put together by 

 owner Hanan Martha who takes an active role in the cafe.The way she spends time with you makes you feel like you are important and Hanan as well as all the staff make you feel like you are part of their family!

The staff is open and friendly and provides excellent service. I chose the special of the day, The Lasagna Dinner. The meal started with a delightful salad of greens, assorted vegetables and a perfectly roasted baby artichoke and a delicate yet slightly tangy house dressing. The main course the lasagna was served next.  I was truly impressed by the perfectly prepared layers of pasta, cheeses and meat with a very elegant and delightfully light,

   but full-bodied sauce. For dessert I opted for the chocolate cake which was a significant slice of the most decadent delight for the tongue and soul. It only took one bite to send me into a heavenly taste sensation.  The layers of rich dark chocolate, the smooth ganache and the silky chocolate icing and drizzle of chocolate sauce and shaved chocolate was the perfectly  sensual end to the meal.  

I highly recommend this very special place tucked away in the Cays for a perfect dining place for any occasion and time and visit often.  

 The Calypso Cafe is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and can can handle small groups. You will want to get there soon while it is still a secret to most people living in Imperial Beach and Coronado.I believe those living in the Cay's have been keeping it a secret for themselves. And I don't blame them. With great food at affordable prices and a perfect atmosphere, I would want to do the same thing. But with all they offer at their prices, the Calypso Cafe will be one of the best know spots to all of Imperial Beach and Coronado soon.

The breakfast menu offers a very big choice with omelets, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, Egg Plates as well as a Breakfast Burrito, Fruit or Oatmeal Plate, Lox & Bagel or Bagel with Cream Cheese and more. Prices range from $3.50 to $10 with many items at $6 or less.

The Lunch Menu has a wide variety of Speciality Sandwiches for a very reasonable $8 Several types of Fancy Burgers and Fries $8 and then there are the 6 different Gourmet Wraps and Salads for $10/$11

The Dinner Menu is a very wide variety of Fancy Foods with Entrees like the Meat Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs or the Garlic Shrimp Scampi, Stuffed Cabbage, Chile Relleno Plate, Stack Hi Burger, Alaskan Cod (fish & chips), Greek Style Baked Chicken for $15/$16 and the Rack of Lamb and the Glazed Ribeye for $28/27 AND MANY MORE ITEMS!!!

They have unbelievably good deserts with Flavored Coffee. Great on their own or after any meal.

They also offer:
Fresh made donuts ordered by the box for pickup the next morning.
Lunch Boxes for Picnics or Office Meetings
Dinners to Go - starting at $10
Catering for all occasions
International Wines - starting at $10 a bottle
Import and Domestic Beers
Deli Meat and Cheese - sold by the pound
Ice Bags, Ice Cream
and delivery to Boat Docks!

You deserve to treat yourself to the Cay's Best Kept Secret and please tell them you found out about them on 

Paul Spear, Editor,


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