We had a wonderful lunch today — two braised beef tacos with cilantro-lime crema and pickled onions, plus a big chocolate-chip cookie — for $4.
It was at M.J.’s cafe, the Molina High School restaurant. Students of the school’s culinary program serve lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. twice a week, and it’s open to the public.
They offer tacos every Tuesday, and on Wednesdays, there’s a plate lunch (this week it’s a chicken sandwich, pasta salad and sautéed green beans, plus homemade banana pudding for dessert). All of the lunches cost around $5, and it’s cash only.
Molina’s culinary program is only in its second year, but they also are available for event catering. It’s a great way to support a neighborhood school while filling a need.
To gain entry to the restaurant, you’ll have to show a state-issued ID and receive a guest pass at the front desk. Lunches can be eaten in the restaurant (which is inside a classroom) or be taken to-go.