Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: 24 hours daily
Tex-Mex and upscale brunch fare in a 24/7 diner with white tablecloths and chandeliers.
A 24-hour diner with white tablecloths and chandeliers, Autentico 5 de Mayo seems to have a slight identity crisis, which extends to the enormous menu of about 150 items, half Tex-Mex, half breakfast and brunch. Combination plates are the best option for trying more than one hundredth of this, though be warned that the portions are likewise enormous. Meals start with chips and three house-made salsas, followed by a surprisingly good chicken noodle soup with potato and vegetable chunks. The Mexican combination comprised a moist, meaty chicken tamale topped with mole and a little cheese, a cheese enchilada with salsa verde, and a taco filled with flavorful steak, all served with rice and beans. Camarones borrachos—shrimp sauteed in tequila with mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes—were fresh and abundant, but 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 didn't arrive with the promised avocado, but by that point we were too stuffed to care. Cash only; BYO.