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Teresa's Cocina no more, try The Cafe


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Teresa's Cocina no more, try The Cafe

annieb | Dec 12, 2001 09:38 PM

I posted something to the taquerias in the 7000s thread recommending Teresa's Cocina on Wilson east of Damen.
Tonight I really needed something spicy, and had convinced himself to do pick-up, we even had a menu and had picked out what we wanted for today and leftovers for tomorrow lunch. I called, and alas, Teresa's is no more. The same guy runs it, it is called The Cafe (obviously he needs a new name, I told him so myself).

It's now soups and sandwiches, he read me the menu, I said thanks, I was focused on mexican and very stressed out. And then the thought of trying to find mexican where we could call ahead, pick up, know the quality. Teresa's Cocina was always great quality, freshly prepared, the guy said the new menu was the same.

So I called back and ordered. We got a chicken pesto bruschetta, which turned out to be fresh garlic bread topped with fresh whole basil leaves, grilled chicken, chopped tomatoes and melted cheese. Also a good cole slaw, freshly made, with some chopped dill in it. A little sweet for my taste, but I'm VERY fussy about cole slaw. Also a very nice roasted vegetable soup, had pumpkin, turnip, potato, rutabaga, topped with some sour cream. A steak sandwich that was out of this world, I almost never order beef, but really needed it to kill the stress. A panini-style sandwich, but the bread toasted separately on the grill, then put together with a smear of blue cheese, lightly grilled red onion, lettuce tomatoes, and perfectly tender butt steak cut into bite-sized pieces. I forgot to specify a side, so got sent a nice sized portion of mac and cheese that could have used a little more cheddar bite, but respectable and better moist than dry in the macaroni dept., imo. Plus the owner put some of his asthma sauce on sandwich per my request (a wonderful hot sauce that is based on habanero, but I've wondered if he doesn't also use some manzana peppers, pickled, in there).

For old times sake got the chips and salsa. They are fried flour tortilla chips of the flavored variety, freshly made, with a very good pico de gallo. I've never liked fried flour tortilla chips in restaurants, but these really hit the spot. The pico de gallo is superior.

The owner told me he has picked up on lunch business since he changed the menu but dinners are still slow. I sure wish they delivered. But there are plenty of people in that neighborhood looking for good eats--give him a try. Himself was set on steak tacos, and in the negotiations from old to new menu, the owner just agreed to make two steak tacos.

No delivery, but easy to park. All of the above food was $28.00. We will eat as large a lunch as we had a dinner, so not bad on price either.

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