Monday, January 13, 2020

A Tale of Two Restaurants

On Saturday Alejandro wanted to have breakfast at the new "El Cardenal" that opened just down the street from my apartment.  We got there around 9:00 A.M., an hour after their opening time.  I had warned him that there would probably be a crowd waiting for a table.  Indeed the crowd was even worse than the day before when I went there for breakfast.

Rather than wait, we decided to go to the place that I had tried out for dinner a couple days before... "La Casa de la Yeya".  I had read in reviews that their breakfasts are very good also.  So we made the ten minute walk to "Yeya".  The place was busy, but we didn't have to wait.  We asked for a table inside since, although it was a sunny morning, it was still a bit chilly outside.  

I ordered "chilaquiles" topped with a fried egg, and they were very tasty.  Alejandro had a "sope" (a circle of fried corn dough with pinched sides to hold in the toppings of frijoles and cheese) with an egg on top.  His meal was very good also.

"La Casa de la Yeya" is a chain of restaurants.  Alejandro had never been to one even they have new branch next to the Walmart not far from Alejandro's house.  Judging by the two meals that I have had here, I would say that I like it better than "Casa de los Abuelos", a similar chain that specializes in traditional Mexican home cooking.  

On Sunday morning we went out for breakfast again.  It was a little after 8:30.  We passed by "El Cardenal" although we expected to find a long line again.  However, we were surprised to discover that on Sundays they do not open until 9:00.  There were a few people already waiting at the door.  They opened a bit early, and we were seated immediately.

We began with hot chocolate and baked goods.  Alejandro ordered "huevos aporreados", a traditional dish from the state of Michoacán.  The eggs are prepared with strips of "cecina" (dried salted beef) and a spicy sauce. 

I ordered "enchiladas veracruzanas", a dish from the state of Veracruz.  The enchiladas were filled with scrambled eggs, covered with a black bean sauce, and garnished with cheese, chorizo sausage, onions, and slices of jalapeño peppers. 

Back home I usually have a light breakfast, but down here it is hard not to indulge in the delicious, hearty Mexican breakfast dishes!

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