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Mar 29, 2007 07:00 AM

Cafe Esperanza in Waukesha, WI

Has anyone eaten at Cafe Esperanza in Waukesha? It is a restaurant that is used to train local chefs and I saw an ad in the newspaper for it today. I am thinking of trying it out but wonder if any Chowhounds have tried it yet.

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  1. Have not been there, but it sounds similar to Cafe El Sol in the basement of the United Community Center on Milwaukee's near South Side.

    The Thursday lechon special is a regular lunch stop for me and a buddy.

    1. Having just moved to waukesha, I have wondered about that place as well. But for Mexican, you can't be L'Estascion downtown for price and value I think.

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      1. re: engineerbowler

        La of the few places where two people can go, have a couple of beers and dinner and have a bill that is under 20 bucks. I love how inexpensive, yet good La Estacion is.

      2. I just ate lunch there for the second time. I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food but I like it there a lot. They also serve Puerto Rican food. Service is great and friendly. I highly recommend it.

        1. Cafe Esperanza is operated by a non profit community based organization (LaCasa DeEsperanza). The restaurant features "Creative Latin Cuisine", which in my opinion is very exciting. The Chef's daily specials are wonderfully creative without losing their authenticity. The menu has great Mexican classics as well as Brazillian, Puerto Rican and Spanish favorites. I heard that they were extending their hours of operation to be open evenings. From my understanding they also do great catered events. It's definitely worth a try. Also meet the chef if you can he's a very nice guy.

          1. I cannot find a WORKING link to this establishment via Google. Can you provide an address/phone number as I would like to check it out on my next trip to Waukesha this fall.