$5 Lunch in Dallas: El Jordan Cafe

This week’s search for a cheap lunch took me to the Bishop Arts District. I wanted to sample the empanadas at Espumoso Cafe, but they are closed on Mondays (major grrr). Luckily, just down the road was El Jordan Cafe, a place I’ve always wanted to try. It is a cheap eats mecca. Jump for the rest.

El Jordan Cafe is the kind of place I wish I had in my neighborhood. It’s small, it’s divey, and the menu is filled with things I like to eat, like breakfast burritos, tacos, hamburgers, and pancakes. It is cheap. It has character. And, they sell watermelon lollipops covered in chili powder that my boyfriend likes.

img_0160It was tough to decide what to order, but in the end, I went with a beef torta. I used to like the tortas at Tio’s, and I haven’t seen many since. El Jordan’s version is huge. Easily two-fists big. The bottom bun had a layer of refried beans (just a thin layer), and it was covered with lightly seasoned, thinly sliced meat. Avocado chunks topped the meat, and then a slice of American cheese, and then shredded lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Next time I would have them hold the mayo and cheese, because it was a little too fatty combined with the creamy avocado. The bread was soft but sturdy. I love refried beans and avocado, so I was happy. The meat on it’s own was a bit dry and bland, but on the sandwich it wasn’t noticeable.

Total cost: $4. I didn’t finish it all. My Bf had a beef taco that was as good as the ones I love at Herrera’s. As I’m reading more about the restaurant online it seems people really dig it for breakfast, so if I can ever get myself out of bed in time to do anything besides the essentials, I’ll have to try it. I would definitely return to El Jordan. 416 N Bishop Ave. 214-941-4451.

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Comments

  • Breakfast tacos are $1.25 to $1.50. Love this place.

  • texaskatey

    Don’t stress on getting up early — they serve the breakfast plates at lunch!

  • brad

    El Jordan’s the best. Very solid breakfast.

    Also, the chicken and cheese empanadas at Espumoso are worth the trip back when they’re open. Wow.

  • Gastronome

    El Jordan will transport anyone raised in Dallas during the 50’s 60’s and 70’s back in tastebud time to the very best of their Tex-Mex memories. All the food is prepared to order by the owners – whose recipes are pure old fashioned Dallas style Tex-Mex. But why am I telling you this? I hate it when my favorite places are “discovered”. Well, litte to worry, they’re located in Oak Cliff and not open for dinner, so how often will the trend setters be headed south of the Big Ditch for lunch….

  • Jef

    eat quickly – the staff goes on yearly summer vacation soon (maybe July 13?) and the place shuts down for a week or so.