Continuing Birthday month, my morning walking buddy and friend Donaji took me to Cafe Josie for lunch. Cafe Josie has been near and dear to my heart for years. Cuisine of the American Tropics, is how Cafe Josie describes the food. The menu leans toward more seafood dishes, paired with tropical flavors and typically some heat. I’m all about heat.
Well over a year ago, the restaurant lost it’s street signage to a motorist, if memory serves. Due to conflicts which I don’t need to detail here, it took a while for the property management to replace the sign. Some folks, it seemed, took the lack of signage in a down economy, to assume the restaurant had closed. It is tucked back in a corner, and isn’t obvious from 6th Street.
The signage is back, and the restaurant is better than ever. They have revamped the bar, and are now offering a Happy Hour, with discounted beer, wine and appetizers.
I had been a long time patron of Cafe Josie before I learned that there is a parking lot in the back. Now, there is a sign for that too!
On to the food. The daily specials are detailed on a chalk board when you arrive. The chef, Charles Mayes, makes amazing soup, and the soup special changes daily, and rarely, if ever, is repeated.
Every meal begins with hot crusty bread and a wonderful combination of butter, topped with olive oil and a garlic mixture that is amazing.
Donaji opted for the Cashew Crusted Chicken Salad, and it looked fabulous.
I am a creature of habit, and usually get the Pepita Redfish, or the Redfish Tacos. Yesterday, I chose the daily special, Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa, Fire Roasted Tomato Rice with Ancho Pasilla Mole.
It was every bit as delicious as it looks.
In a moment of weakness, we ordered the Mac and Cheese to split. It too, was delicious, but we regretted our gluttony, but only after we happily devoured it.
I am not a big dessert person, but Cafe Josie has one of my favorites in town. No, we didn’t order dessert, after all that but my favorite is their Berry Crisp with Mexican Vanilla ice cream. To die for, as are the rest of the dessert options, but the Berry Crisp is heaven.
Good food day!
Cafe Josie hosts wonderful Wine Me Dine Me Dinners once a month, featuring five to six courses, paired with wine. These dinners typically are $65 to $75 per person and are a great value.
Cafe Josie is located at 1200 B, West Sixth Street. http://www.cafejosie.com