Baleada with chorizo.
Baleada with chorizo.
Carina Ost

Jennifer's Cafeteria: Baleada Beats Breakfast Burrito

There's nothing worse than driving around aimlessly and starving on a Sunday afternoon. You want to steer clear of the brunch crowds and at the same time find something filling and affordable.

On a recent Sunday, I thankfully found Jennifer's Cafeteria in North Miami Beach. I walked into a pretty, busy restaurant that was filled with only women. It was some kind of bizarro world; even all of the children were girls. It was a strange sight, but the estrogen levels mellowed me as I got familiar with the menu.

The restaurant serves authentic Honduran fare. I started with a tall, ice-cold glass of maracuya (passionfruit) juice ($2.50) and then bounced around deciding on what to eat. Everything looked so good, and I was really hungry.

There was a typical Honduran breakfast for $7 that came with steak, beans, rice, plantains, a hunk of cheese, a wedge of avocado, and lime. It seemed like the deal of the century.

However, I decided on the baleada with chorizo ($4.50). A baleada is a popular dish in Honduras featuring a thick, pillowy tortilla stuffed with refried beans and other fillings. Think of the shape of a quesadilla with a pillowtop tortilla. My baleada came with beans, scrambled eggs, hunks of chorizo, cheese, and crema. It was massive. It beat out any breakfast burrito I have ever had, and at half the cost.

The baleada came stretched out on a plastic plate typical of flatware at Chinese restaurants. It was served with a large jug of spicy pickled vegetables, which I threw inside for some crunch and heat.

It was the perfect Sunday breakfast (served every day of the week) for a mere $7. The food is definitely worth the price, and I'll be back for that Honduran breakfast feast. If there were more food like this, I would definitely get behind brunch.

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