In the middle of Mic City's new face lift is an old tried and true lunch spot. I stopped in to take a few bites from the menu at Yvette Marie's Cafe.
If you’re looking for a go-to lunch spot, this is it on Government Street. Lunch is their specialty at Yvette Marie’s Cafe and I stopped in to taste their two most popular chicken sandwiches.
Yvette Marie’s has been on the Circa 1857 block for years. It’s a neighborhood favorite spot. But, you have to get in there on time to enjoy a bite to eat — they are only open 11:00 am to 2:30 pm on Monday through Saturday.
While the chef cooks up a different hot lunch special every day, you can regularly pick from the menu of soups, sandwiches and salads. I tried the best of both worlds upon my visit: a cold sandwich and a hot sandwich.
First, I started with the jalapeno chicken hot pressed sandwich. For $8.75, you get a baked jalapeno cheddar roll packed with grilled chicken breast, spinach, cheddar and red bell peppers.
Usually, I can be pretty picky about my pressed sandwiches because I feel they easily get soggy. However, that was not this case for this one! The jalapeno cheddar bread truly makes this a unique sandwich because the fluffy texture and spicy sweetness make every bite so enjoyable.
Next, I tried the famous chicken salad sandwich. Apparently, this croissant sandwich is a classic of the lunch joint and I see why.
For $7.25, you get a flaky croissant with house-made chicken salad. Chicken salad sandwiches on croissants are one of my all-time favorite lunch food items. This Yvette Marie’s specialty delivered to my expectations. The croissant wasn’t thin or flimsy and the salad mixture didn’t have too much mayo. I even went back to the cafe on my lunch break one day to order this sandwich again.
If you haven’t stopped into this place for lunch yet, you’re missing out on a Mid City gem. The building may look old, but the food is fresh.
Oh, and don’t forget to wash everything down with a Swamp Pop or their house-made mango sweet tea.