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Coronado Brewing Company Restaurant Review: We like to make an adventure out of a trip to this brewpub by taking the ferry from downtown over to Coronado. From there, it's a short walk to this friendly spot on the northern tip of the island. The Chapman brothers opened the place in 1996 in their hometown, and they are true pioneers in the San Diego beer scene. Wood-fired pizzas are the stars of the culinary show, though you can get a nice burger, hearty ribs, calzones and a decent steak as well. Finger foods abound, with beer-battered onion rings, calamari strips and piquant quesadillas leading the charge. Alehouse mussels are sautéed in Golden Ale with garlic, while the hearty diablo surf ‘n’ turf is a 12-ounce New York strip steak topped with shrimp in a piquant cream sauce. Among the beers, the Islander IPA is a highlight, a medium-bodied brew bursting with hops; it’s a good match for a side of spicy potato flautas. For dessert, try the Blue Bridge Coffee Stout float served over vanilla ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Happy hour buzzes with imbibers noshing on fish tacos, coconut shrimp skewers and pretzels. Except for during summer, kids eat free on Tuesdays.