El Patío Café
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.