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the may street cafe

e saxon | Feb 4, 200408:05 PM

hello all,

i jumped in on the recent pilsen thread and mentioned the may street. at Aaron D's suggestion, i'll go into a little more depth.

the cafe is located on the corner of may and cermak. it's pretty small (probably used to be a hamburger joint) about 7 or 8 table/ booths and a counter. the room has a startling offbeat melon & lime decor. no liquor license-- byob

as i mentioned before, the restaurant appears to be the out-growth of a successful catering business run by a very nice (puerto rican?) couple --- Mario & Guadalupe. in theory the menu consists of a mixture of mexican, puerto rican, cuban and eclectic american. however given the location expect mostly mexican (no empandas, plantains, croquetas, arroz con pollo) with odd caribbean touches.

but there are (at least) 3 menus -- none of them secret.

they are open 7 days for breakfast & lunch and serve dinner thursday thru saturday.

at breakfast on the weekend we've been presented with:

the "breakfast menu" -- interesting pancakes, french toasts, & egg dishes (both mexican & domestic)

the "lunch menu" -- reads like a standard taqueria/burger joint unless you look close. along with the steak & chicken quesadillas you'll see brie & pear w/cilantro & cracked pepper (tasty & very filling). tucked under the tacos is a salmon entree with chipotle lemon butter cream sauce. under salads, you'll find a mango salad with goat cheese & white wine vinaigrette.

and the wall above the counter, where you may (or may not) find a special.

at lunch we've been presented with:

the "lunch menu", the wall, a separate "specials" sheet and sometimes the"dinner menu" (more on that later)

i stopped by today for lunch and had butternut squash soup with a nifty horseradish sauce drizzle and a veggie burrito made with black beans chihuahua cheese, squash and sweet peppers. the other soup was creamed carrot, and there were scallop, tillapia and lamb chop specials.

the "dinner menu" is expanded from the lunch menu. if memory serves me correctly, there is at least one pasta entree, pork-chops, scallops, and a peppercorn steak. i think there are more salad & appetizer selections. and of course there are specials.

i've enjoyed all my meals there. my s.o. has enjoyed most of his, however sometimes he's been surprised by either the portions or the reality of what he's ordered. he tells me it's all been quite good, but not always what he's had in mind at the time.

forgive me - i've avoided talking about preparation & spices because i really don't know much about cooking. i figure it's up to you folks to explain to me what i've been eating.


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