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Jessi’s Mexican-American Diner, Newburgh

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Overview: Jessi’s serves up splendid Mexican and American home cooking in classic diner style.  Take a seat at the bustling old counter of this small railroad car or at one of half a dozen booths to place your order. You will get a sense of the camaraderie of Newburgh’s Latin American community — more than 40 percent of the city — as a friendly waitress greets you over cheerful and familiar Spanish language banter. 

The Menu: For a hearty breakfast that straddles the border between Mexican and American cuisine, order their grilled thin steak with potatoes, eggs and toast. Kick up the heat by smearing it with salsa verde and then smooth things out with an avocado. For strictly Mexican options try the revered huevos rancheros for breakfast or the torta Milanesa (a breaded steak sandwich) for lunch. 

Standout Special: Watch out for the crowd favorite, “picadita de carne,” on Wednesdays — composed of grilled steak, roasted hot peppers, grilled sweet onions and hardboiled egg over fried corn tortillas. 

Regulars Recommend: The chorizo breakfast burrito, according to Lastar Gorton (local group home supervisor)

Notable Features: Owner Saul Juarez claims to have found a bookkeeping log with dates as far back as 1929 — which, if true, would put it in the wheelhouse of cherished Kullman and Silk City diners that were manufactured in NJ during those years. Juarez says he has gotten some high-stakes buy-out offers from people who have stumbled upon this hidden treasure, but he has opted to hold on to what he has, for now. 

Recommendation: Go and grab a bite before he changes his mind. 

Phone: 845.561.2009 

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