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Monthly Specials – April 2013

This month we are celebrating the region of Veracruz. Stretching along the Gulf Coast, Veracruz is an international crossroad with merchants, sailors and tourists from all over the world enjoying it’s signature seafood dishes. Residents of Veracruz are called Jarochas. The best of the best from among

the mexican restaurants in old town.


Salsa Of The Month
Jarocha made with Chile Piquin, Tomatillo and Spices. Medium spicy.
Add For $1.00

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Frijoles Charros
A dip of Combined Refried Beans, Chorizo and Mixed Cheeses. Served with Totopos (Tortilla Chips)

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Delicious stewed chunks of Beef simmered in a combination sf spices. Served with Mexican Rice, Refried Beans, Onions, Cilantro and Limes


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Dessert Flauta
Flour Tortilla filled with a Serrano Chile and Cream Cheese mixture. Deliciously Sweet with a hint of Spice. Drizzled with Raspberry Sauce and served with Whipped Cream

Dia De Las Madres Friday, May 10th
Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12th
Special Menu and each Mom gets a colorful Mexican paper flower
with a reservation. Make yours today!

April Drink Specials

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Spring Fling

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Herradura Tequila
Frida Kahlo Tequila
Tres Agaves Tequila
Shot Prices Vary ~  Ask Your Server
Make  Any Tequila  Above Into A  Margarita  Add $1.00


Make  It  A  Cointreau  Margarita  Add  $2.00

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Corona Light

Monthly Specials – March 2013

Chihuahua, Mexico
Chihuahua’s hot and dry semiarid climate is perfect for the cultivation and production of chipotle peppers and nopales (cactus). Sample the flavors of the region in february’s featured specials.

Salsa Of The Month

Salsa Poblana
Chile De Arbol, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Garlic & Onion Blended.
Add For Just $1.00

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Tender And Deep Fried To Perfection. Served With A Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce.

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Puerco Con Nopales
Tender Chunks Of Pork And Nopales (Cactus) Sauteed In A Traditional Adobado Sauce. Served With Rice And Beans.

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Tres Leches
Famous Cake Of Three Milks.

March Drinks

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Shamrock Margarita
Gold Tequila, Mango Syrup, Blue Curacao & Sweet-N-Sour.
Served Blended.
Make Them A Grande $4

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The Leprechaun
Gold Tequila, Melon Liqueur, Sweet-N-Sour  And A Splash Of Lime.

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Azunia Tequila
Blanco – Made From 100% Weber Blue Agave. The Blanco Has A Refreshing, Smooth And Drinkable Taste. $8
Reposado – Aged 3+ Months In American Oak Barrels. This Reposado Has A Touch Of Smokiness. $9
Añejo – Aged 12+ Months. This Añejo Has Hints Of Vanilla And Nuts. $10
Make It A Margarita For $2.00

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Victoria Beer

Cafe Coyote Memories
T-Shirts: Buy One Get One Free!
Sweatshirts: Buy One Get One Free!
Margarita Glasses: $10 & $12
Coffee Mugs: $10
Ask Your Server

It’s that time again! Ernesto’s Stuffing….yum!


(Portions are on a restaurant size scale)

Ingredients for the best mexican food in San Diego:

10 Lb Uncle Ben’s Stuffing Mix

1 Lb Butter

3/4 Lb Diced onion

1/2 Lb Diced celery

3/4 Lb Diced Pineapple

½ Lb Raisins

2 Lb Pecans


  • Melt the butter and add onions & celery
  • When they are soft add the rest of the ingredients
  • Add water ( per instructions on Uncle Ben’s box) and cook until it is boiling then add stuffing and mix for another 5 minutes

Live Stream at Cafe Coyote for the Spirits of Mexico Festival!

Lippy, The Tequila Whisperer, www.tequilawhisperer.com will be streaming a LIVE VIDEO from the Spirits of Mexico Festival at Cafe Coyote this evening!

The Spirits of Mexico Festival, the world’s best and biggest Agave Spirits festival in America is hosting over 150 spirits who haveentered into the tasting competition.

On tonight’s show, Lippy will BLIND-TASTE the top three winners in each age category, (blanco, reposado, anejo) then he’ll pronounce HIS OWN ranking of 1st to 3rd place for each of the blind samples. Watch in nail-biting anticipation as he reveals his winners, and see how close his own finely-tuned palate matches the results of more than 15 Master Judges!

Join Lippy & Cafe Coyote and see the results– LIVE steaming from the internet!

When: Thursday, September 16, 7:00 PM (PST)
Where: http://tequilawhispererLIVE.com

Cafe Coyote Gears Up for Mexican Independence!

Speaking to the gathered crowd in Dolores, Guanajuato, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the famed “father” of Mexico, expressed his beliefs in a people’s revolt for Mexican Independence. His war cry or “El Grito de Dolores / El Grito de la Independencia” marks the anniversary of Mexican Independence and evokes national pride.

Not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), September 16th marks the celebration of Mexico’s War of Independence. Every year at midnight on September 15, Mexicans join together in solidarity and led by the President of Mexico, shout the El Grito.


Nestled in the heart of San Diego’s historic old town, also known as “The Birthplace of California”, Café Coyote, a traditional Mexican cantina and café, is one of only two Academia Del Tequila certified Tequila houses in the United States.  At its home within walking distance of Old Town attractions such as the Whaley House, the “Little Adobe Chapel,” the Old Town Cemetery “El Campo Santo,” and The Old Town State Park (California’s most visited State Park), Café Coyote has become a landmark in and of itself being Voted Best Mexican Restaurant in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

In honor of Mexico’s robust culinary history and to help mark the 200th Anniversary of the Mexico’s Independence, the Spirits of Mexico Festival presented by The Polished Palate will be returning to Historic Old Town the week of September 16th. The oldest and most comprehensive agave spirits Festival in the United States, will coincide with Café Coyote’s Independence celebrations, culminating on the night of September 15th, where Café Coyote will host an El Grito reenactment by Mario Marquez, our famed Tequila Ambassador.

Coinciding with the Independence Celebration, Café Coyote will host the Finals of the Sangrita Challenge presented by Living Liquid Magazine on Wednesday September 15 to mark the opening of the festival ($25 per person in advance; $30 cash only at the door, 21+).  Guests will be able to taste all 5 finalist entry cocktails as well as enjoy Café Coyote’s famous Mexican fair. The esteemed judging table will be headed by Judges Ryan Kelley of the National Tequila Examiner and Café Coyote’s own, Kenny Kaufmann.