La Patrona: A First Review

March 26, 2013

It was a marvelously perfect Spring day today for my first trip out of the house in nearly a week.

The ever-loving and I had a lot to do — what with shopping and blood work, banking and pharmacy visits, a haircut and a visit to the book store — and we really enjoyed both the sunshine and the cool air as walked from one end of the Drive to the other.  We had already decided to give the new restaurant La Patrona a try, and by the time we got there we were happy to rest our weary limbs.


La Patrona has taken over the space that was for years the Caffe Amici, famous mostly, I believe, for the old geezers who would sit on the patio and leer at the passing women.  The new place is bright and clean and the El Salvadoran family that run it — mother, son and daughter-in-law — are friendly and eager to make it work.  They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, though right now they have a small basic menu that I am sure will grow over time (papusas are promised eventually).

Herself had a classic breakfast with poached eggs and bacon, and the eggs looked picture perfect rather than wet and squiggy as they are in so many places.  She certainly enjoyed it.  I tried their special Deep Dish breakfast:  a casserole filled with a scrambled egg, ham, tomato and onions mix cooked on a piece of naan bread.  It was cleverly seasoned and tasted great.  It was big enough that I couldn’t finish it all.  The coffee was strong and delicious and came with re-fills.  I am sure we will be back.

They are a fine addition to the Drive’s eclectic food choices and I wish them all the best for a successful future.