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“Nostalgia, great food, and wonderful friendly service.”

Clayton's Coffee Shop
Ranked #2 of 102 Restaurants in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch
Reviewed January 23, 2009

I love this place! The atmosphere is truly nostalgic as you are almost taken away from the fast pace of everyday life. I spent two weeks in Coronado and went to this cafe at least once a day, whether it was for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a late night snack. We always had a great experience, great food, and great service. One visit, the Seeberg jukebox would not play my second song. I said nothing and just considered it a tolerable loss. The waitress brought me a quarter and said to me "let’s try that one again shall we?" I was amazed. She was really paying attention to her customers. The place was not packed but it was still rather busy.
In the time that I was there I was able to try quite a few things on the menu. I would highly recommend the any of the hot sandwiches. The burgers are good too. They even have a baked lasagna night on Wednesday. The pies are made right there with all the right classic ingredients. You know, sugar and spice and a little bit of love too. The coffee goes great a slice of pie. It’s not some high priced, over flavored, exotic roasted coffee. Just plain good old, well brewed, not burned coffee. The brownie sundae is truly filling with a hefty two scoops of ice cream on top. They even warm up the brownie right before they make the sundae! I went late one night for a milkshake and came home stuffed, just from the milkshake!
If I had to pick one favorite thing on the menu it would have to be the hot corned beef on rye with Swiss cheese. You can get it with fries or the onion rings, which are very big and good too. Sure the place is kind of old and a little rough around the edges, but that’s what makes it special. It’s kind of like grandma’s old kitchen. It might not look like a master chef's kitchen, but wow, what comes out of there is really amazing!

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Reviewed July 22, 2008

This place looks neat from the outside...very old-school. We were in Coronado for the weekend and this place caught our eye the first time we drove past it.

We went there for breakfast on a Thursday morning around 10:30...not a huge rush time, like it might have been on a Saturday. When we walked in, NOT ONE PERSON even looked at us in acknowledgment, as if to say with an expression even, "We'll be right with you," or "Hi...I see you there...give me a minute." NOTHING. It was so odd, as if we were invisible. We waited there inside in the front of the restaurant for almost 5 minutes and finally, when no one even made eye-contact with us, I had to go up to someone to ask if we were to seat ourselves (there had been an empty booth in the back from when we walked in) or if we should wait to be seated. The woman told me that we could sit down as soon as she cleaned the table in the back. 5 more minutes go by....no one touches the dirty table as we are waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting....she doesn't touch it, the busboy doesn't touch it, the other waiters don't touch it and there we are....standing and waiting. FINALLY she gets around to cleaning it off, but doesn't tell us she's done so. We happened to notice. So, without being addressed by anyone, we went ahead and sat down.

And waited AGAIN without anyone even glancing in our direction...for ANOTHER five minutes! No water, no smile, no hello, not even a gesture. In the interim, a booth opened up toward the front of the restaurant. It was bussed right away, some people sat down right away, had their orders taken right away, and got their drinks right away. No one had even looked at us yet.

So I get up and go up to the same woman again, asking if there is a waitress or waiter for our table. She mumbled something and then a couple of minutes later, came over apologizing. She was very nice to us, but honestly, it was so late in the game, it did little to turn our experience around.

Once we got someone to acknowledge us, the service was fine. The food was mediocre at best. The cream-cheese cinnamon roll that we ordered as a special, decadent treat to share tasted like a cheap, store-bought, dry cinnamon role with cream cheese slathered on top. Not great or really even kind of good.

We were so disappointed. We had been excited to try this cute place. If they did it right, starting off with a smile maybe when someone walks in...I think they could have a real gold mine here. Too bad.

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Reviewed March 24, 2008

Okay food, fast service.

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