Coronado Eagle & Journal
June 22, 2005
New Marie Callender's Grill Offers Many Surprises
By Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan
Visitors and locals alike are in for a surprise the next time they step into Marie Callender's.
"Grill" has been added to the name, but that's not the only change. The eatery now features rich woods, warm colors and an overall sophisticated look. "The atmosphere is different, it's upscale, casual with a contemporary look," said Chris Yeh, director of restaurant services and area supervisor for the company's grills. The Coronado location is one of three grills open so far. The other two are in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach .
This new grill concept aims to keep the bas clientele satisfied and attract new customers. For that purpose, some traditional items have been left on the menu, even though some of the ingredients have changed and improved. For example traditional dishes like the artichoke and mushroom chicken now feature shiitake mushrooms. "We kicked it up a notch," said Tawnya McKinney, one of the gril''s managers. The hand-carved roasted turkey and chick pot pie are some of the old items that remain on the menu. Entrée salads feature items like chick gorgonzola pecan with field greens, fresh pears, cranberries, candied pecans, roasted pine nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette ($11.95). New grilled and slow smoked tri-tip served with mashed potatoes, asparagus and bourbon barbeque sauce ($16.95). A 14 ounce New York Strip ($22.95), and hickory smoked baby back rids served with steak fries and coleslaw ($21.95 and $17.95 for a half rack) are more of the choices. The fresh fish selection has been expanded to include mahi mahi and seabass.
An emphasis has been placed on the bar. Customers can choose from a selection of 24 wines. Signature cocktails have already become popular like the Tiki Thai Mai Tai served in a blue glass. The bar menu will offer seared sashimi ahi tuna and blue cheese French fries. The chef is currently working on a happy hour menu.
The grill is not serving breakfast anymore but offers a sit-down champagne brunch on Sundays that features favorites like waffles, omelettes, soup and salad bar and mimosas.
The famous pies are still available even though the selection has been reduced. But the most popular pies like key lime, banana cream, pecan and chocolate cream remain. No-sugar-added apple and no-sugar razzleberry pies offer alternatives for diabetics.
The interior remodel, which took a week and a half, included redesigning the interior and tearing down walls. Tropical plants, slate floor in the entrance, a new color scheme and an overall tropical style make for a completely unique look. Booths are still available as well as a private room for meetings. The new changes are sure to impress diners.
Marie Callender's Grill is at 1300 Orange Avenue . Call (619) 435-1798. Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:30 am to 10 pm, Friday 10:30 am to 11 pm, Saturday 9 am to 11 pm, Sunday 9 am to 10 pm.