$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.