El Cafetal, 1006 St.Clair Ave. W.

4 stars (out of 5)

A few weeks ago, my breakfast hombres and I walked by this place after eating at the Sunnyside Grill a little west, and decided to add it to the Tour to add some variety. It didn’t fit our exact specifications, but they had breakfast at a good price, so we just imagined that we were at a greasy spoon in Mexico or Colombia.

One friend and I each had the “Chilaquiles Rojos” which were crispy corn tortilla chips served with fried beans, with red pepper hot sauce – we asked for spicy – ¬†fresh cheese and sour cream, him the steak version, and mine “plain” (no meat). Chicken was another option. It came with a tiny salad. When covered with the sauce, the “crispy” chips absorb the sauce, lose their crisp but gain a lot of flavour.

"Plain"

“Plain”

w/ "steak"

w/ “steak”

My other friend had the Huevos Rancheros (fried eggs served on a soft corn tortilla covered with red pepper hot sauce). It was served with rice and beans.

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

The food was very tasty and a nice change from the standard North American breakfast special. The service was friendly. A large cup of coffee was 1.50, with no free refills. It was better than at most greasy spoons. I finished the meal with what our waitress called a “sugar cookie”, which was very much like a thin shortbread cookie. It was delicious.

We all agreed it would be worth a return visit…perhaps for lunch!

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2 Responses to El Cafetal, 1006 St.Clair Ave. W.

  1. Cate says:

    Beeeeeeeans! I’m so sorry I missed this one. I love beans so much. Like, I SPEND TIME thinking about how much I love beans.

  2. Diner Dave says:

    We WISH you were there. (Mmm, beans.)

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