Lafayette Cafeteria is a nostalgic diner located a short walk from Parque Juan H. Sánchez. They have a wide variety of your typical Mexican dishes at very reasonable prices. The servers are friendly and helpful and the bathrooms are clean.
My favorite drink to get at Lafayette is the freshly made Hugo de Zanahoria (carrot juice). At $30 pesos (less than $2 USD), you can’t really pass up this refreshing, healthy drink. There are several fresh juices that are also very good. Periodically, I get the Limonada (lemonade) made with mineral water – much better than a soda and more refreshing too.
My favorite dish is the Chilaquiles con Huevo. It is made with scrambled egg, tortilla strips, cheese and a delightful red sauce served with refried beans. It is a little spicy, but my threshold of spicy is higher than most Americans. Being vegetarians, we asked and they said there is no manteca (lard) or meat in the beans. We believe them as we cannot taste any meat or lard.
When you go to a restaurant and ask a server if something has manteca or meat in it, it has been my experience that you should ask again the next time you go because I have received different answers from different servers in other restaurants. But at Lafayette Cafeteria, we have received consistent responses.
So check them out. There is good food to be had here at prices that may keep you from cooking some days. I have posted some of the photos along with the front and back of the menu.
NOTE: I almost never order pizza anywhere in San Luis Potosí because I love NY Style pizza and nothing here in SLP compares to it. So always be careful ordering pizza around town.