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Pilsen's May Street Cafe Now Serving Lunch

Let's clear up any confusion before we begin. May Street Market closed last weekend. May St. Cafe is still going strong. And now executive chef Mario Santiago is offering lunch service.

The modern Pilsen nuevo Latino cafe will serve lunch Thursday and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with a menu focusing on classics like a Cubano with roasted pork and ham; and jibaritos, a sandwich that uses fried plantains instead of bread. Chef Santiago's will be brushed with garlic aioli and Spanish seasonings.

May St. Cafe will serve carne asada and chicken tacos and burritos as well as their signature May St. mango and fish taco. They'll offer fresh guacamole, yucca fries and mac 'n' cheese made with truffle and chipotle. Similar items to their dinner menu, like the Allen Brothers petite filet mignon with May St.'s own five peppercorn rub, will be available at lunch, but they'll add a prime steak dog to the mix. And, of course, they'll have the full bar, including fresh margaritas, rolling throughout lunch.

Santiago said they're opening for lunch now because people would drive by during the day and think the restaurant was closed. "We've been getting a lot of walk-ins, which is funny because we're not a walk-in place," Santiago said. "If it continues maybe we'll push a little harder and [add] one more day."

May Street Cafe

1146 W. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL