Remarks of friendly critics at the Capital. "A fair sample of the dinner bill of fare served for a dollar has been presented. Here is one for half a dollar, just as taken from the table of the Gillow Restaurant:



Sopa de pescado.




Con alcaparras.

Huevos al gusto.


Costillas de ternera.

Id. de carnero.

Id. milanesas.


Polla a la Toulousa.

Hijaditos de carnero a la lionesa.

Conejo con ungos.

Fricando a la macedonia.

Alcachopas a la diabla.

Guisado a la napolitana.

Roast beef.

Manitas en especia.

Pierna al homo.



Fruta. Dulce. Cafe. Te.

Platillos sueltos, uno y medio real.

Comida Cuatro Reales.

The explanation at the bottom of the bill is that a single dish, if the customer does not want the whole dinner, will be given for a real and a medio, iScents; or everything on the bill will be served for 4 reals, half a dollar. Sofa is the soup, of which three kinds are offered. Pescados is the fish, of course. Huevos the reader already recognizes as eggs. After beefsteaks come the chops, veal, pork, or mutton. Puchero is 'boiled,' and polio is enough like poultry to give a clue to what it really is - the chicken. Then follow five different kinds of stewed meats, and after these the roasts; and not a few of those dining will go leisurely through the whole bill, occupying from one to three hours in the agreeable occupation of getting their money's worth. Frijoles and ejotes are beans and more beans, or baked beans and string beans. For fruta the waiter brings a plate of bananas, limes, and melons. Dulce is the pudding or sweets, and cafe is poured out in the cup before the guest - black ceffee until he says 'stop,' and hot milk added until the cup is full. And yet Americans go home and say they cannot get ' a square meal' in Mexico. Descending thescale, there are the 3 realst the 2 reals and the 1 real restaurants.

For 12 1/2 cents a wholesome meal may be had in Mexico - not elaborate, but satisfying to a hungry man. And still cheaper are the coffee and lunch stands, where, for a medio (which is a half real, 6cts.) bread, meat, and coffee in generous quantities may be had. A quar-tilla (the fourth of a real, 3 cts.) buys a cup of coffee and a large roll at any one of the hundreds of little coffee houses scattered through the districts where the poorer people live. If there is any criticism to be passed upon the food of the country, it is in the over-abundance of meat dishes. Even the entrees are freshly cooked. Mexico is a semi-tropical clime, and fruits abound. Nevertheless it is quite the proper thing to sit down and go through the bill of fare - soup, eggs, a • beefsteak or a mutton chop, chicken, the roast beef, and so on, finishing with the vegetables, one after the other, for, as already said, the table etiquette of the country prescribes one dish at a time".