With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.
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A Mexican restaurant in your neighborhood is a way of knowing you’ve arrived. An attractive BYOB serving breakfast nachos and carne asada salads and offering dinner specials like poached tilapia is a subtle clue that house prices are rocketing skyward and you’re happy you bought when you did. That’s what Cafe Ynez does for both the Grad Hospital and Point Breeze neighborhoods. The husband-and-wife team of Evan Malone and Jill Weber (Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516) have created this third restaurant as a companion to Malone’s NextFab Studio. But it’s the neighbors who make out best in the deal. Whether it’s the huevos rancheros that don’t need to take a backseat to any in the city, or the rotisserie chicken that can anchor a dinner platter or be a key ingredient in the Tinga burrito, a meal at Cafe Ynez is affordable, tasty, and just what this neighborhood needs.
This weekend Café Ynez is hosting a weekend-long Dia de los Muertos celebration.
The Cafe is offering a package deal of one champurrado (a Mexican chocolate drink), one sweet roll (traditional Mexican Sweet Pastry), and one tamale with your choice of chicken or mole, or vegetarian cuarasmeno, for only $7.50.
Head over for brunch or lunch, because the offer is only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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Jill Weber and Evan Malone, who have brought us JET Wine Bar and Rex 1516 are opening their third restaurant, Cafe Ynez at 2025 Washington Avenue on April 14th.
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.
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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.
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