The café within the Biblioteca is well known to the friends of this library and community center. It is a place to read, study, take or teach a class, or grab something to eat before a conference or cultural event.
The place has two areas, one inside and the other in a small courtyard under the shade of a tree. It is a place of peace and harmony and a great spot to sit during the really warm days. Its old gray stone walls keep the building cool and pleasant.
They offer a breakfast and lunch menu with specials that change often. The cuisine is Mexican with international specialties. We recommend the homemade quiche for breakfast. In addition there are classics, like chilaquiles, eggs, pancakes, fruit plates, and fruit juices. For lunch there are salads, sandwiches, pastas, and Mexican specialties of the day, such as enchiladas, mole, or tlalpeño soup.
Something that people notice when they arrive in the morning is aroma from the bread that is baked daily in the kitchen. The muffins, too, are freshly made. They are best-sellers in a homemade and healthy version with raisins, carrot, and grated apple. Combined with a good cup of coffee, a meal here is a great way to start your day.
Prices are very affordable, and service is warm and attentive. Café Santa Ana is a must for starting your route through town.
The chef at Café Santa Ana is Manol, who shared the recipe for vegetarian lasagna, one of the new menu items. Do come to try out the café and thus support the programs of La Biblioteca.
3 sheets of dried pasta for lasagna
¼ cup chopped onion
½ cup mushrooms
1 piece of broccoli
1 cup pre-made sauce of roasted tomatoes and basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion and garlic
1 tablespoon pesto
Ground parmesan cheese to taste
Boil the pasta in plenty of water for 5-10 minutes until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside. Sauté the onion and add the vegetables and sauce. Reserve. Set on a plate a layer of pasta followed with a layer of sauce and repeat until finishing three layers of each. Sprinkle pesto and Parmesan cheese on top.