Looking for south-of-the-border flavors beyond Center City?
Jill Weber and Evan Malone, the husband and wife duo behind Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516, recently opened the doors to their brand-new Mexico City-themed diner, Cafe Ynez.
Located in Point Breeze directly adjacent to NextFab Studio, a workspace and studio for local artisans (which is also owned by Malone), the 25-seat BYOB promises diners breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on the weekend.
Upon entry, guests are greeted with banquet seating created by the folks next door at NextFab Studio along with a number of hand-crafted Aztec accessories, too.
The Mexican menu, crafted by Executive Chef JC Piña of Jet Wine Bar, supplies guests with appealing plates like vegetarian enchiladas, chicken enchiladas, seasonal soups, tilapia tacos and breakfast burritos.
In addition to traditional Mexican fare, Cafe Ynez serves up rotisserie chicken roasted on-site and available to-go by the whole or half chicken for the affordable price of $15 for the whole chicken with three sides, and $10 for a half chicken with two sides.
For those looking for a quick midday bite, Cafe Ynez boasts a take-out corner just for to-go lunch options.
During the week, diners also have the option to indulge in homemade Mexican pastries from a local bakery while sipping Café L’Aube coffee.
Guests of Cafe Ynez are encouraged to bring their own booze to pair with the restaurant’s affordable fare. The folks behind the counter offer house-made margarita (think watermelon and mint!), sangria and mojito mixers.
During the warmer months, guests are encouraged to dine alfresco at a number of tables that will line the sidewalk.
Cafe Ynez is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When: Now Open
Where: 2025 Washington Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.cafeynez.com