Erwin Ovalle spent his childhood in his family?s bakery, dashing back and forth into the kitchen to help bake bread after helping customers at the register. He dreamed of one day owning his own bakery, but after sampling the food from street vendors during a whirlwind trip across Mexico, he changed his dream. He would instead open a caf? infused with the very aromas that beckoned him to those humble street carts.
At Ovalle's Mexican Caf?, Erwin and his chefs pay homage to Mexican regional cuisine, building a menu centered around dishes such as enchiladas suizas and choripan?authentic Mexican chorizo with roasted poblano, onion, oaxaca cheese, and garlic aioli. And they build every dish from scratch, to boot. They pickle the jalapenos that tuck into braised short rib tortas, and whip up a cilantro garlic sauce that crowns the grilled chile-rubbed skirt steaks.
Organic and fair-trade ingredients transform into beverages, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Pasha Coffee & Tea. Between walls bedecked with original artwork, patrons nestle into plush armchairs to warm up with marbled-froth cappuccinos. Guests also spoon up Oreo frappes heaped with pillowy dollops of whipped cream, as well as coffee that, according to the roasting philosophy printed on the menu, is painstakingly roasted to the optimal degree. Cholula mayo paints crispy bacon slices in the spicy BLT, and pesto and mozzarella accent the italian breakfast melt's stack of ham and tomatoes. And occasionally, the coffee tables, magical beanstalks growing from dropped beans, and mismatched furniture part ways to make room for live music and poetry.:
N’awlins Big Easy Bistro owners Craig McNamara and Venu Puttagunta celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with a regular lineup of rustic cuisine as well as occasional oyster roasts and crawfish boils. Prepared in the tradition of Cajun cooking, the eatery's menu ignites taste buds with shrimp or barbecue shrimp. Soppin bread accompanies crawfish étouffée, and po boys come dressed up in lettuce, tomato, and house sauce or dressed down in buns made from blue jeans.