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May St Café

by Matt B on March 13th, 2008

may st cafeDon’t let the bright, neon, this-close-to-tacky colors on the outside of May St Café fool you. Inside, you’ll find upscale chic, incredible art pieces, and a warm, inviting atmosphere that you won’t want to leave.

Chefs and owners Mario Santiago and Guadalupe Aguilar often come out to check on their guests to see how they’re enjoying the Mexican and Puerto Rican menu. Many of the dishes are made with organically grown vegetables, so most of the selection is seasonal. However, first-timers absolutely must try the French double cream brie and pear quesadillas. Even patrons who stick to the basics like chips and salsa will notice the incredible taste and texture of the salsa, truly making it unique. Just beware of its spicy kick!

may st cafeMoving on to the hearty entrées, the wild salmon with a tequila lemon butter cream sauce is excellent, served with Spanish rice, black beans, and sautéed vegetables. Carnivores will be delighted to see the 16-ounce New York strip steak (from Allen Brothers) on the menu, hand-rubbed in five peppercorns. Finally, finish off the experience with a cup of Intelligentsia coffee and a plate of mango flan or plantain soufflé.

These tasty dishes do attract a good crowd, so reservations are recommended. And be sure to take a moment to stop and see the beauty that is the Pilsen neighborhood.

Photo credit (via Flickr): BenSeese, cc

May St Café ($$): 1146 W Cermak Rd; 312-421-4442
Tues – Thurs: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sun: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Street parking; free lot available
Public trans: Bus # 21

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