Traditional Mexican Breakfast Foods Make their Debut in Downtown Bloomington Thanks to this Eatery

Traditional Mexican Breakfast Foods Make their Debut in Downtown Bloomington Thanks to this Eatery

Bay Area Mexicana: Bringing Traditional Mexican Flavors to Bloomington-Normal

Bay Area Mexicana is a must-visit restaurant located at Nightshop, 517 N. Main St. in downtown Bloomington, that offers a delicious and authentic taste of Mexico. The brainchild of co-owners Leroy Patrick and Jazmin Martinez, Bay Area Mexicana officially opened its doors on December 1st, 2021, and has been creating waves in Bloomington-Normal ever since.

Prior to venturing into the restaurant business, Leroy and Jazmin had a successful food truck in the Champaign area. Looking to expand their footprint, and having moved to the Twin Cities in 2022, they began searching for a restaurant space in the area. After a chance meeting with nightshop owner Chris Golwitzer, Bay Area Mexicana found a new home.

One of the things that sets Bay Area Mexicana apart from other Mexican restaurants is the focus on traditional Mexican food, rather than trying to push for a more "authentic" experience. As Jazmin explains, "I can share with people so they can try something different, because I know people are used to tacos, flour tortillas. I want people to enjoy what real Mexican food is and what we used to eat."

The menu at Bay Area Mexicana offers a wide range of traditional Mexican breakfast items such as tres leches French toast and huevos con chorizo, as well as birria dishes like quesabirrias, birria ramen, and birria burrito. For those who prefer vegetarian options, the restaurant has a vegan and vegetarian menu, as well as different "aguas frescas" flavors each week.

If you're in the mood for a traditional Mexican meal, Bay Area Mexicana is a must-try restaurant. Open during the day and early afternoon four days a week, this restaurant can also be visited on Friday and Saturday nights, and at events and businesses in the area. Check out their upcoming schedule on their Facebook page or Instagram.

Eggs Benedict Recipe

Looking for a classic breakfast recipe that will impress your guests? Look no further than the timeless dish of eggs Benedict. Here's how you can make this culinary classic:


  • 4 slices Canadian bacon
  • 2 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the Canadian bacon until lightly browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, poach the eggs in a separate, large pot of boiling water for about 2-3 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny.
  3. To make the hollandaise sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Slowly pour the melted butter into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. Continue stirring until the sauce is thickened and has a smooth texture.
  6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. To assemble the dish, top each toasted English muffin half with a slice of cooked bacon, a poached egg, and a generous spoonful of hollandaise sauce.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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