At Casa María on South First, the restaurant was very busy. This establishment has a liquor license, but it was morning, and everybody was there for breakfast. I was on the way to the dentist.

The associated bakery is next door. The bolillos (torpedo-shaped white-bread rolls) were too soft and not at all crusty. The best are made of flour, water, yeast, and a bit of salt, with no sugar and no dough conditioners. The marranitos (gingerbread pigs) were very good, though.

All was extremely fresh. There were at least thirty varieties of pan dulce. Judging by the crowds on a weekday just before eight o’clock in the morning, the food must be more than acceptable. A lot of people were ordering carne guisada; I haven’t had any that I’ve truly liked since the old days at the original Casita Jorge’s on Elmont.

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  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on June 17th, 2005 @ 9:23 am

    I don’t have much experience to compare it to, but I’m told that the Carne Guisada at Mi Madre’s on Manor Road is very good. I had it once and enjoyed it.

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