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We’re the Best Around!

That’s right, we’re certified, awarded Best Mexican food in San Diego! A few days ago the California Restaurant Association named the Cafe Coyote the best Mexican food in town. Sure, we’ve gotten the award before (four times!), but we figured it was time to come out of retirement and really wow everyone again.

The ceremony was a blast, with over 1,200 people in the restaurant industry and awards for just about every category. But the real pleasure was that the CRA raised over $160,000 to help promote the best equipment and education for people in the food service industry.

We went up against some pretty stiff competition, but in the end, our blend of atmosphere, great food, and delightful margaritas pushed us to the top. But we couldn’t have done it without all of our amazing customers and amazing staff, and we want to offer something up as a way of thanks. In addition to our regular specials, we’re giving away an order of chips and dips for each table. That’s one of the things that made us famous!

Plus, we’ve got a bunch of other great specials going on to celebrate. Make a reservation for Father’s Day and we’ll give you a commemorative glass for the occasion! You can also join us for Taco Tuesday, Tequila and Lobster Thursday, or on any day of the week to taste our delicious monthly specials. It’s a great way to enjoy the taco of the week, new tequila drinks, and our famous lobster dish.

Join us this month to celebrate and enjoy some of the best food and drinks we have to offer! We’re always happy to see you, whether you’ve a regular, or you’ve never been around before. No matter what kind of Mexican fare you’re looking for, be it tacos, any manner of tequila drink, or just a nice dining atmosphere with a dash of entertainment, come by and pay us a visit. You’ll see why they say we serve the best Mexican in San Diego!

Café Coyote Add a New Favorite Taco

Café’s Coyote is introducing a new Langostino Lobster Taco and it is awesome!

Details:

Langostino Taco-Two soft corn tortillas stuffed with breaded and deep-fried langostino lobster, creamy chipotle sauce, with cabbage and salsa fresca. Served with beans and Mexican style rice for the incredible price of $12.95.

The Spanish word Langostino has different meanings in different parts of the world. In the United States, we use this word to refer to the delicious meat of the squat lobster.  However, in Spain, it may refer to a variety of species of prawn. Where as in Cuba it refers to crayfish, whereas in South America, it refers to red shrimp.

There are two species of squat lobster found along the California coast. Despite looking like lobsters, they’re more closely related to hermit crabs. Unlike their relatives, squat lobsters don’t carry shells with them on their backs. Instead, they squeeze into small crevices along the ocean floor and leave their sharp claws exposed to keep predators away.

Squat lobsters also hide under rocks to protect themselves. Safe from hungry fish and lobsters, they wait for snacks to settle nearby and then use their sharps claws to reach out and pick off that which passes by.

Two cool facts about squat lobsters:

1.) Squat lobsters’ arms grow to be several times the length of their body.

2.) Squat lobsters sometimes steal food from sea anemones. Sea anemones look like plants but they are really animals that eat meat.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in San Diego

Valentine’s Day in San Diego has never been more fun than when it is spent at Café Coyote! On this special night we have three romantic options for you to start the night off right:

  1. A beautiful three-course menu for $20/person, add perfectly selected Tequila pairings for $10 and things will get real hot!
  2. Fresh lobster dinner guaranteed to impress your lover – $34.95/person
  3. Lastly, delicious Rose Margaritas for only $7.95 /each

If you want to show your lover how much Valentine’s Day means to a romantic like you, let us recommend a few facts about the holiday to weave into conversation throughout the night:

  • In 496 Pope Gelasius I pronounced February 14  tobe St. Valentine’s Day.
  • In the 1800s stories popped up that St. Valentine’s Day dated back to Rome and the festival of Lupercalia on the 15th of February, this was later disproved.
  • It is now widely accepted that St. Valentine’s Day is a Middle Age tradition of choosing a romantic partner on the day believed to be when birds began mating each spring.
  • It is not clear whom Pope Gelasiusintended to honor with Valentine’s Day. According the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St. Valentine died with very little known about him.Most interestingly all three saints were martyred on Feb. 14!
  • In 1969, the Catholic Church revised holidays with questionable origins and removed the feast of Valentine’s Day from the church’s official calendar.
  • The tradition of Valentine’s cards did not become widespread in the United States until the 1850s.
  • Todaythe holiday has become a success that according to the Greeting Card Association of America accounts for 25% of all cards sent each year.

 

Café Coyote serves it up Puerto Nuevo Style every Thursday starting at 11am until close for $25.95

Café Coyote plans to celebrate a Puerto Nuevo tradition by serving Puerto Nuevo style lobsters every Thursday from 11 a.m. until close. Puerto Nuevo is an area in Baja that has achieved recognition from all over for its famous “Puerto Nuevo style” lobsters.  Puerto Nuevo style lobsters are served fried to keep the meat tender. Puerto Nuevo style lobsters traditionally come with a side of rice, beans and homemade tortillas.

 

Puerto Nuevo style lobsters have been a tradition in the Baja region since 1956. According to legend, the tradition started when two local women in a fishing village south of Rosarito decided to drop fresh lobster into hot, bubbling oil. Puerto Nuevo style lobsters quickly became a staple in the area because many families did not have refrigerators, and the lobsters did not require any refrigerated ingredients. Since 1956, Puerto Nuevo has served locals and tourist millions of lobsters each year.

 

At Café Coyote, diners can enjoy this Mexican tradition without traveling all the way to Puerto Nuevo. For $25.95, diners will receive a 1.5 to 1.75 pound lobster served with Mexican style rice, refried beans, handmade tortillas, drawn butter and fresh salsa. Lobsters are only available until supplies run out so get there early.

 

Taco Tuesday at Café Coyote

Café Coyote will celebrate Taco Tuesdays with $2 tacos every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until close. The menu for Taco Tuesday will include nine tacos that will be reoccurring regulars on the menu each week. These Taco Tuesday menu staples will include Beef Tacos, Fish Tacos, Chicken Tacos and Carne Asada Tacos.

 

In addition, Café Coyote will feature a special taco each week. Specialty tacos will center around fresh, creative ingredients in unusual combinations. These specialty tacos include the Fried Calamari Chipotle Taco, the Irish Taco and the Chicken Diablo Taco. Café Coyote’s website has a detailed list of each specialty taco they will feature so diners can plan ahead each week.

 

Café Coyote will also be creating a new taco that the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter fans will have a chance to take part in naming. This new taco will become a staple on Café Coyote’s menu each week.

 

For more information about Café Coyote including a full list of the tacos served, please visit: http://www.cafecoyoteoldtown.com/taco-tuesday.html.