El Patío Café

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

1805 Sec­ond St., 820-0717 Break­fast & lunch 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily; small plates & sand­wiches 2:30-5 p.m. daily;

din­ner 5-9 p.m. Wed­nes­day-Sun­day Beer & wine li­cense pend­ing

Free Wi-Fi Veg­e­tar­ian op­tions

Kid-friendly Pa­tio din­ing in sea­son Free on-site park­ing

Cater­ing avail­able Noise level: traf­fic noise on the pa­tio, mod­er­ate in­doors Hand­i­capped-ac­ces­si­ble Credit cards, no checks

The Short Or­der

Housed in the for­mer lo­ca­tion of Cloud Cliff Bak­ery & Café on Sec­ond Street, the spa­cious, ca­sual, fam­ily-owned

El Patío Café serves up hearty chile-laden break­fasts, New Mex­i­can and Amer­i­can stan­dards, and the oc­ca­sional Con­ti­nen­tal and Cen­tral Amer­i­can fa­vorite. The food shows great prom­ise. Chef Adolfo Le­mus and his wife, Rosa — for­mer sous chef and for­mer pas­try cook at San­ta­café, re­spec­tively — know their way around a pro­fes­sional kitchen. Un­for­tu­nately, ser­vice lacks a sense of ur­gency and at­ten­tive­ness. Rec­om­mended: eggs Bene­dict with red chile hol­landaise, the Reuben sandwich with chipo­tle potato salad, and fluffy blue­berry pan­cakes.

Rat­ings range from 0 to 4 chiles. This re­flects the re­viewer’s ex­pe­ri­ence with re­gard to food and drink, at­mos­phere, ser­vice, and value.

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