Tuesday, September 22, 2020

High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen is Open for Business

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There is no indoor seating, but these outdoor tables are a great place to enjoy the delicious pizza and salads.

After a long process involving cleaning and renovation, menu development, employee hiring and other administrative challenges, the new High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen opened its doors December 5, just in time for Coronado’s Christmas parade and tree lighting.

Owned by six Coronado locals, the new business has a complete kitchen that offers pizzas and organic salads, an extensive variety of beer and wine as well as premium spirits and showcases and sells the art of Coronado locals. It’s no wonder that High Tide has quickly become a favorite for many. You can often find working owners Tom Latona and Darrin Engle behind the cash register or in the kitchen.

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Since opening, the kitchen has offered a variety of pizzas and organic salads for takeout. The option for delivery will be available early next week and that is exciting because anything the shop sells, the shop will deliver. Did you forget that bottle of wine you wanted? They will deliver. How about your favorite six pack or craft beer? They will deliver that too! Are you too tired to cook? Order a pizza, salad and some craft soda for delivery.

All pizzas are 20-inches in diameter and the slices are quite large. The menu says a pizza serves 3-4 people, but our family of five is easily satisfied with one pizza and an entrée salad. High Tide also offers one of the best deals around for the high school crowd, including a huge slice of pizza and a soda for four dollars. Though there are no tables inside (a result of the type of business license) there are two tables with chairs just outside the shop or you can carryout your order and find a nice spot in town to enjoy your food.

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We have patronized this new business several times and love the “High Tide” pizza which features all-natural mozzarella, uncured pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, apple wood smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms (we skip these), bell pepper, red onion, black olive, banana pepper, fresh garlic, fresh oregano and organic tomato sauce. It sounds like an absolute mess of ingredients, but the flavors are blended well and the pizza is delicious. Our family loves that the crust is thin, but offers a nice, puffy outer crust (great for dipping in the salad dressing). The Greek salad made with organic hearts of romaine, English cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, roasted red pepper, red onion, kalamata olive (yum!), artichoke heart, feta, banana pepper and lemon-oregano vinaigrette is our favorite salad so far. The “Great White” pizza has also found its way to our home with its all natural mozzarella, grana padano, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, organic tomato and fresh organic basil. It has quickly become a favorite of our three children. For a complete menu, visit the High Tide website.

Custom made (by the owners) counters line the walls of the space.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about the new menu is the owners’ desire for it to be “community driven”. They are committed to listening to what locals want and developing menu items to meet requests. They also have plans to expand the menu at some point in the future.

High Tide offers California made Batch Craft Soda and other non alcoholic options

In addition to the tasty pizzas and salads, High Tide offers BATCH craft soda; a California made soft drink made without high fructose corn syrup. You will find a variety of beers, mostly local craft brews, in a myriad of coolers. The middle of the shop displays the wine options, many from local makers and premium spirits are also available.

Local wines as well as wines from California, Washington and Oregon are featured with a selection of imports

The artwork that decorates the walls of High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen is created by Coronado locals and is also for sale. If you are a huge fan of the shop, shirts with the company logo are available as well.

We have enjoyed the food we have ordered from High Tide and plan continued visits. The owners are committed to running a business that provides a quality product. They are also committed to giving back to the community that supports them. High Tide was a sponsor of the very first Turkey Trot in Coronado (before they were even officially open), which benefited Rady Children’s Hospital and has supported the CHS Basketball program as well.

High Tide isn’t just a liquor store. It isn’t just a pizza place or an art display. High Tide is the collaboration of six of our neighbors following a dream to offer something great to their community.

Located at 933 Orange Avenue, High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 619-435-1380 to place an order or visit www.hightidecoronado.com.

Kellee Hearther

Staff Writer


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