by Julia Thiel
Maybe it's just that no one has the energy to read the entire menu. I don't even have the energy to count all the items on it, but I'd estimate there are close to 150 options, not counting choices like whether to get steak, chicken, chorizo, veggies, chile relleno, or rib eye in your burrito. Of course, about half of those are breakfast dishes: omelets, breakfast skillets, breakfast sandwiches, steak and eggs, Benedicts, breakfast burritos, pancakes, crepes, Belgian waffles, French toast, or combination platters (the place advertises itself as "Mexican cuisine and American breakfast," though there's also a "Mexican breakfast" category). For dinner, there's tacos, enchiladas, tortas, nachos, flautas, tamales, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos, and salads, plus 30-odd larger entrees—and again, combination plates.
Camarones borrachos—shrimp sauteed in tequila with mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes—were fresh and abundant, though just slightly on the rubbery side of done. Most impressive (and overwhelming) was the "Alambre 5 de Mayo," a pile of grilled steak, chicken, and bacon topped with cheese and ham and, like the shrimp, served with rice and beans and grilled potatoes. It was rich and satisfying, and though it didn't arrive with the avocado that the menu promised, we were too stuffed by that point to ask for it. (NB: If you want to order more than two dishes, it's probably best to bring more than two people.)
Oddly, dessert is the one category missing from the menu—not that we minded by that point in the meal.
Autentico 5 de Mayo, 3223 N. Clark, 773-880-0082