We walked by Cafe La Taza on our way to cocktails Friday night, and noticed dimmed lights and white tableclothes on the cafe tables. We took a look at the new menu and were interested, so we asked if we might bring a larger group back for dinner that night. They said yes, they'd been open for dinner for about one month, and business is still pretty quiet.
Our group of eight became 14 by the time we made it back. They took it in stride and plied us with sangria and yucca fries with aioli until they could get all our entrees on the table. I can't recall the starters or all of the sides, all entrees came with a proper veg and starch, in one form or another, but from memory, entrees included grilled salmon with chile lime crema over spring vegetables, cornmeal crusted catfish on a stew of fresh black-eyed peas, Niman Ranch pork loin with a cabbage slaw, roasted chicken with jalapeno-polenta sticks and a brisket with mashed potatoes and fresh salsa. All entrees are $9-12.
We all enjoyed our dinners -- delicious, well plated, and ample portions. We also agreed that this is going to be a tough sell, because the white tableclothes don't hide the fact that this is a cafe, and the desserts are still mainly cafe desserts. I think they'd be better off going casual with the look of the place, a la Charanga down the street, and improving the wine list. But with a price point and food quality similar to Park Chow and Home, I'd consider Cafe La Taza when affordable night out is in order. The service couldn't have been more warm and accommodating.
This is an inviting cafe with wifi access by day. It's nice to have another casual option for dinner by night.
Cafe La Taza
2475 Mission St near 21st St.