What to Eat at Patina's New Market Cafe

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Patina is making breakfast and lunch at a tiny new Downtown diner called Market Cafe. Serving South Park's AT Center, it appears to be a similar brand-extension to casual and affordable lunch service that we've seen Mark Peel do at The Point and Kerry Simon at the similarly named L.A. Market. We are happy to report no dish goes over $10 while still bearing the stamp of Patina chefs Alec Lestr (who designed that Emmy's after-party menu) and Gregg Wiele. The breakfast menu will be seasonal, with the local purveyors to prove it, though there is a burrito named "Jojo" for Joachim Splichal with cherry-wood smoked bacon, as well as quiche. What's for lunch?

Lunch is stocked with aguas frescas, plus a salad bar, pre-made and fresh sandwiches like banh mi and those of the Thanksgiving leftovers cranberry sort, plus dishes like buttermilk fried chicken and braised short rib beef stroganoff. Pastries and sweets are being handled by Alain Vernault. Sounds a bit like a better, cheaper Lemonade, (which Market Cafe has too) albeit with a slimmer selection. Check out the full breakfast and lunch menus below.

Market Cafe

Market CafePatina

1150 S. Olive Street. Downtown. 213-536-4090

Market Cafe

Breakfast

Hot & Hearty $5.95
Market breakfast--scrambled farm fresh eggs, herb-roasted potatoes, choice of smoked bacon, sausage, or carved ham

Steel Cut Oatmeal $3.95
Dried sour cherries and toasted almonds

Signature Specials

Jojo Burrito $4.25
Scrambled eggs, cherry-wood smoked bacon, salsa roja, and herb-roasted tomatoes, with cheddar and sun-dried tomatoes.

Sunrise Sandwich $3.75
Scrambled eggs, cherry-wood smoked bacon, cheddar, choice of croissant or bagel

Quiche $4.95

Sides
Scrambled eggs $2.50
Carved ham $2.50
Herb-roasted potatoes $1.95
Smoked bacon (2) $1.95
Link Sausage (2) $1.95

Grab n Go sandwiches, prepared salads, house-made pastries, and cupcakes available all day

Lunch

Produce Workshop .50/ounce
Choose from a selection of market vegetables and we'll chop it and toss it for you.

Homemade Soups
$2.50/$3.50

Hot Entrees

Buttermilk fried chicken with maple-bacon country gravy $7.95
Braised Short Rib Beef Stroganoff $7.95
Hand-Carved Rotisserie Pork Shoulder $7.95

Artisan Panini
The Cuban $6.50
Braised Short Rib $6.50

Signatures
Market Burger w/ lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, red onion, 1000-island $5.50
Shoestring garlic fries $2.00

Sandwiches & Wraps
Turkey Cranberry Club $5.50
BLT $5.50
Ruben $5.50
Lemongrass Banh Mi $6.00

Beverages
Fountain Soda $1.50/$1.95
Aguas Frescas $2.25/$2.75