We were given this trio of starters to snack on while we perused the happy hour menu. Chinese trail mix, bruschetta on toast and olives.
This is Steffie’s very classy looking beer and she would be terribly upset if I did not share it with you. I decided to splurge and go for a Moscow Mule (NOT on the happy hour list).
Moscow Mule ($11)
I have never seen a Moscow Mule served in anything other than a pewter goblet so, okay, back to basics. It was the Jameson mixed with home brewed ginger beer (non-alcoholic), lime and mint (my favorite flavors in a cocktail) that made this drink compulsory. And lemme tell you; if you don’t like ginger, don’t order this. I took one sip and felt my blood being cleansed of all toxins from the last decade. One I squeezed in some lime (helpfully replenished by our fantastic waiter) and mixed it up a bit the drink was easier going down. Very crisp and refreshing, though I think if there is a next time I’d just order more of (see below):
Crab Cake ($6, happy hour)
Served on a bed of arugula with cherry tomatoes, lemon wheel and aurora sauce (bechamel, cream and tomato puree). All three of us ordered a crab cake. This was heaven defined. Mom had the right idea by cutting up the crab cake and mixing it up with the greens and sauce. Crispy on the outside, huge flakes of gorgeous, lightly seasoned crab on the inside. You know, crab cakes are shockingly easy and therefore shockingly easy to fuck up, so when I find a place that does it correctly, I want to kiss them and share the treasure with others. In all honesty, I wish I had ordered two more.
Truffle Fries (price undocumented, approx. $4)
I’m not going to lie to you, Marge. I thought Steffie was nuts for ordering French fries over all of the other, more sophisticated goodies. Plus, who wants fungi tasting French fries? I like mushrooms but the recent truffle spray craze has me baffled. After munching on a couple of these bad boys here, though, I am beginning to understand the hype. Flavored enough so one does not become overpowered by awesome force that is fungi, these fries had just the right combination of crispy exterior, warm potato-y innards and earthy truffle essence to please the palate.
Beef Sliders ($8)
Steffie and I went in on this and my mom ordered the Ahi sliders. Everyone had one a piece. I took one nibble and was done. These were frightfully salty and inedible. I gently mentioned this to our waiter and he took it off the bill, explaining they were breaking in some new kitchen staff.
Ahi Tuna Sliders ($8)
Now these! These tender morsels of juicy, seared rare Ahi with what I believe is a wasabi ginger sauce for its soul dressing is what a slider is all about. Mom regretted sharing these with us.
– Happy Hour menu is not available to view online, but lunch/dinner/brunch/kids and wine menus are.
– Our waiter was quite possibly the most outstanding waiter ever. I wish I had grabbed his name (along with the prices of things, yes I know) just so I could give him a personal shout out. The restaurant is lucky to have him.
– You can bring your dog to eat on the patio with you. That’s kind of awesome.
– Fancy dinner entrees have matching fancy prices. Go for happy hour or lunch if you’re strapped, or just make a dinner here be your Big Night Out.
Would I recommend/return to Vigilucci’s? Yes. I’d come back for more crab cakes and maybe try out a pasta. Good place for date night or ladies night out.
Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado
1300 Orange Avenue | Suite 200
Coronado, California 92118
Happy Hour (in the lounge)
Saturday & Sunday 11am–5pm