Home Meals

from Border Cafe and Jose Tejas

Dear Valued Border Cafe and Jose Tejas Customers,

During this time of dining room closure due to COVID-19, we are pleased to offer Home Meals – scratch cooking straight from our kitchen to yours. These take-home meals are prepared and packaged for you to pick up at the restaurant, and within a few minutes of finishing these in an oven at home, you will be able to enjoy a hot, flavorful, delicious meal. Details of the Home Meals program are as follows:

• Days of Operation: Wednesday – Sunday (Woodbridge, NJ: Mon – Sun)

• Hours of Operation: Pick up between 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm – check the online menu for each restaurant for up to date information

• Pick-up Location: Border Cafe or Jose Tejas location where ordered

• Ordering: Order and pay on-line through our websites at www.bordercafe.com and www.josetejas.com

As most of you know, we do not offer a traditional “To Go” program, instead choosing to focus on providing fresh, made to order food for our guests in the dining room. In these unusual times, we hope you will find this Home Meal offering meets our standards of quality and will bring a moment of joy to you and yours.

We wish you safety and good health, and we are eager to host you again in our dining rooms soon.

Sincerely,

The Team at Border Cafe and Jose Tejas

Good Eats

Most claim to be authentic and some even strive to be Jose Creole was.

For us (Jose’s descendants) from Louisiana, chorizo and andouille sausage from deep in the Bayou. It means making your tortillas to-order, fresh guacamole made throughout the day, and making all of your own sauces and dressings from scratch. Our fish, chicken and beef are delivered fresh and never frozen. We cook over mesquite logs shipped from Texas.

All of this is done with you in mind and accompanied by service that is caring and genuine without being stuffy. So sit back and enjoy some of what made Jose famous.

Legend of Jose Creole

Jose Creole. Nobody really knew his real name. But that’s what everyone called the unassuming culinary genius who settled outside Lake Charles, Louisiana after leaving his native Mexico in the mid-1930’s.

Like his ancestors, he was a cook. So, on the outskirts of town, in a cafe the size of a banquet table, he cooked.

And in the heart of the Depression, he thrived. From his tiny kitchen Jose turned out the aromatic delicacies of his native Jalisco. And the people came. He asked them what they liked, what they cooked for themselves. And it wasn’t idle curiosity.
Next time they visited, he served it to them, enhanced by his own touches.

In all of America this was the only neighborhood where the tradition of Sunday dinner was happily ignored. Jose was closed on Sunday, but the kitchen was as busy as ever. Sunday was his day to experiment. He blended, he mixed, he crossed Mexican and Cajun, Creole and Soul. He set tables outside by the kitchen door. When a dish was ready for tasting he rang the bell. Neighbors came, Jose watched intently as they ate. He noted every word, every expression, then sent them home to wait for the next bell.

Such is the legend behind the food you’re about to enjoy. There is something like it everywhere. And nothing like it anywhere.
It is at one familiar and exotic.

So relax and enjoy. You’re in the company of people who love good times and good food. Everything was fresh in Jose’s day.
So everything has to be fresh today. Everything has to be perfect. Because we have to be true to your high expectations.
And to the memory of a little man in a little kitchen near the border in South Louisiana.