Washington Avenue’s Cafe Ynez is expanding its brunch and dinner menus. For brunc,h which is served to 3 p.m. daily, executive chef JC Piña has added Heuvos Rancheros, Breakfast Nachos and Torrejas del Dia, Pina’s take on French toast with seasonal toppings.
Adam Erace notes that you can’t have a vibrant neighborhood in 2014 without a good Mexican spot. And with the addition of Cafe Ynez at 2025 Washington Avenue on the Graduate Hospital/Point Breeze border, both neighborhoods can boast they have their Mexican restaurant.
Erace’s only complaint, he wants more. “More food, more hours. Fortunately, both are in the works later this summer.”
A new Mexican place comes to GradHo and Point Breeze [Foobooz]
Cafe Ynez [Foobooz]
Café Ynez is bringing the heat this summer with a few flavorful and authentic Mexico City additions to the menu. One of which includes a tostada with your choice of chicken, pork or steak on a fried corn tortilla finished off with refried beans, grilled onions, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and queso fresco ($5).
Be sure to keep an eye out for the daily specials, like the vegetarian based tomato gazpacho topped with lump crabmeat or a quesadilla. And for the vegetarians? Cafe Ynez now offers a vegetarian enchilada with a fried egg, guacamole, queso fresco, red onion, sour cream and a red guajillo sauce in a corn tortilla.
Whether you’re chomping down on a tostada, slurping up gazpacho, or getting your veggies, just don’t forget to BYO. As long as you provide the tequila or wine, Café Ynez will do the rest with their rotating selection of margaritas or sangrias in a carafe ($8.50). With flavors ranging from Bloody Mary to Watermelon Mint, your hardest decision of the day may be which one (or how many) to get.
Café Ynez [Foobooz]
Looking for a BYOB brunch this weekend? Consider the recently opened Cafe Ynez at 2025 Washington Avenue. The Mexican restaurant could serve as a mixer for Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze residents who have a hankering for huevos. The attractively appointed space in the NextFab Studios building is open for weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to those egg dishes, Cafe Ynez offers mixes a housemade Mexican Bloody Mary mix that works equally well with vodka, tequila or beer.
The BYOB, which is adjacent to Malone’s NextFab Studio, will serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and will serve brunch on the weekend.
In the kitchen, Mexico City native, JC Piña will be bringing a few of his mother’s “secret” recipes to life. Daily lunch specials will include seasonal soups, tacos, burritos and cemitas (sandwiches). A takeout counter will offer neighbors a to-go choice that will include whole rotisserie chicken. The chickens will be available by the whole or half. A half-chicken and two sides will set you back just $10.
Jill Weber, who has brought Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 to South Street is bringing another business to the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Cafe Ynez will be her next restaurant, opening in the NextFab Studio space at 2025 Washington Avenue, her husband’s business.
Cafe Ynez will be a Mexico City style diner operating from early morning to early evening, including brunch on weekends. The menu will include coffee, pastries, cemitas sandwiches and rotisserie chicken.
As for an opening date, like many Philadelphia restaurant openings, it will depend on Licenses and Inspections.
Cafe Ynez [Foobooz]