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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 1:46 pm | Updated: 1:59 pm, Fri Jan 4, 2019.

Locals’ favorite Café 1134 was chockfull of Coronadans on a recent morning. Some were sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, others had run into friends and started chatting. Even dogs like the café and pull their owners towards the front door where they can get a lapful of water and a biscuit.

Carrie O’Brien, her daughter Coco and family friend Nancy Peterson had walked down Orange Avenue to the café where their chocolate lab Copa wanted to make a stop. The O’Briens usually have coffee and a muffin at Café 1134 almost every day. Carrie O’Brien said she often runs into her friends there and they get a chance to catch up. “It’s a mile from our house we run here, people who know us look for us here in the morning. It’s part of our morning routine. I order a double macchiato. They’re good at knowing the regulars, they know what we order,” she said.

Coco O’Brien, who works at Geppetto’s two doors down, often gets a quiche for lunch and she switches between the Veggie and Lorraine.

Café 1134 is a place where you can have a good meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner; stop by for coffee or tea anytime during the day. The café also serves wine and beer. The menu offers a variety of choices. 

There are plenty of seating choices at the café from the sidewalk seating to the inside, the upstairs and the back patio depending on your mood. There is group of people in the morning that sits at the counter and read the newspapers which is placed on an old fashioned stick. Customers also often get a coffee and bring their computer to do some work. “I’ve done homework here, I have done a bible study and applied for jobs here,” said Coco O’Brien.

Carla, a local who wanted to only give her first name, said she is there every day reading the newspaper and solving the world’s problems with others who sit nearby. “The food is wonderful, they have big portions which we often share,” she said.

Carla often orders the Breakfast Sandwich on a bagel and also loves the homemade quiche and Açai bowl. She always drinks an iced almond latte.

The menu at the café is broken up into two sections: Breakfast - served all day - and the Bistro Menu. Mauricio Garcia who has been cooking at the café for the past 13 years said there are a lot of favorite dishes. From the Egg Burritos or Omelettes side he said the Mexicano is one of them. The Mexicano is made with eggs, sautéed soy chorizo, red onions, bell peppers, potatoes, feta cheese and avocado; and the California, another favorite, has eggs, avocado, bacon, tomatoes and cheddar. There is also a dish called the Chef’s Mess, a blend of sausage, onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes grilled and served with homemade potatoes and eggs and topped with cheddar, and whole wheat toast. For a lighter choice you can order oatmeal which comes with milk, dried fruits brown sugar and almonds on the side. Fruit Parfait or Acai Bowl are other healthier choices. 

Egg Scramblers come with fresh fruit or potatoes and a sliced baguette. Some of the choices are Spanish, Continental and Seville. Breakfast prices range from $3.75 to $12.50

From the bistro menu, which is served all day, Garcia said Paninis are very popular. Paninis are served with artichoke aioli sauce. Chose the Milano made with honey ham, tomatoes fresh basil and Swiss; the Venice made with breaded roasted eggplant, jack cheese, tomatoes and avocado; and the Portofino, tuna salad, tomato and cheddar cheese. There are also sandwiches like the Curried Chicken Salad, French Dip made with sliced roast beef heated au Jus and topped with Swiss cheese; and Veggie made with avocado, tomato, bell peppers, onion, cucumber, romaine and Swiss on choice of bread.

Salads are served with fresh baguette and choices include Greek, Coronado Cobb and Chicken Pecan, (all $12.50).

For the kids there are options like Grilled Cheese, PB &J and Belgian Waffle with fruit.

For those on the run, many choose a pastry from the display case.

Café 1134 serves a large variety of coffees specialty drinks, loose leaf teas, desserts and frappes. Many of the customers feel they get the special treatment when they go to the café because often the staff already knows what they are ordering before they get to the counter.

Also on Thursday nights Café 1134 has open mic, which has become a fun night to look forward to.

“It’s a happy, friendly local place,” said Carla.

Café 1134, 1134 Orange Avenue. Call (619) 437-1134.

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