by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
June 27, 2002
From one of the tables at the front windows, we had a great view of the impressive Hays County Courthouse and the perfectly manicured grounds. On the northeast corner of the grounds is a statute of John (Jack) Hays, 1817-1883, Indian fighter and Texas Ranger.
Stepping into the Café was like entering a place where everybody knows your name - and they’re always glad you came atmosphere. There is nothing fancy about the café, just good food and good service. It's a place where you can get a quick meal or have a leisurely cup of Joe while reading the newspaper or your favorite book. The black and white checkered counter along with the funky artwork on the walls adds to the casual ambience.
The Café is open at 6:00 am for breakfast and continues serving great food until 11:00 or 12:00 in the evening. During the early hours, the place is quite laid-back; locals enjoying morning coffee or a quick bite before heading off to work or summer classes at the University. We were told that this place really comes alive in the evenings, especially on Wednesday when it sponsors "Music Night" for local bands and performers. On the Saturday before our visit, Café on the Square hosted Mediterranean Night complete with belly dancers.
Breakfast fare includes great Mexican dishes such as:
Huevos a la Mexicana - scrambled eggs with onions, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, served with potatoes, refried beans and flour tortillas.
Chorizo Mexicano - Spicy Mexican sausage scrambled with eggs, served with potatoes, beans and flour tortillas
Migas – (a Texas Favorite) Sautéed corn tortillas, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and eggs, topped with cheese, served with potatoes beans and flour tortillas
There are also the classic breakfasts, eggs, omelettes, biscuits and gravy and pancakes. My favorite is the Chorizo and egg tacos ($1.39 each) with salsa.
Lunch: Mexican food, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads.
Supper: Getting past the appetizers is the hard part. Try the crab stuffed mushrooms or the chicken, beef or spinach Quesadillas served with guacamole salad. Entrees include Mexican, Italian, seafood, steaks, chicken and pork dishes. Complete your feast with a piece of Four Layer Chocolate Pie and a Cherry Cheese Pie.
From journal San Marcos- Then & Now