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Daily Crave

New Latin flavor at Katalina’s

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The Harrison West cafe possibly best known for its sweet-filled pancake balls, Katalina’s, launches its new menu today. According to owner Kathleen Day, the eatery’s food finally reflects her mission all along.

“I took over the cafe from another business, originally a sandwich-focus [restaurant],” says Day, of the eatery once known as Cafe Corner. “We’ve been slowly changing over time. This is the true Katalina’s—nothing is left over from the old [Cafe Corner] menu.” This includes the name, which is now simply Katalina's.

Katalina’s regulars can still enjoy Nutella and dulce de leche pancake balls, the pork and egg sandwich, biscuits and gravy, french toast and huevos rancheros. But the rest of the menu is brand new. It’s a mishmash of Latin, Southern, Cajun and Creole cuisine (the latter influenced by Day’s time in the South). The vision was a duel effort between Day and new executive chef Bret Perichak. Expect tacos, soda biscuit balls and sandwiches with house-made chorizo. There are more vegetarian options than before.

“The one I am probably most excited about is the Hominy Bowl,” says Day of the house-made Peruvian corn dish. For this dish, Day wanted to create the Latin version of a noodle bowl. The dish includes hominy in a fresh veggie broth with North Market mole spice, citrus adobo and oregano, and is topped with roasted red peppers, sliced local radish, green onion and pork rinds.

Also worth noting is the new patio furniture, which nearly doubled the outdoor seating space. There’s now room for about 55 patrons outside and 23 inside the order-at-the-counter joint.