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Flip's Got All-Day Breakfast, Juicy Burgers In Ex Authentaco (PHOTOS)

By Alisa Hauser | July 11, 2017 8:18am
 Flip, in the former Authentaco, has opened.
Flip, 1141 N. Ashland Ave.
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EAST VILLAGE — All-day breakfast, lunch and juicy double hamburgers are being served out of the former Authentaco in the 1930s era Snappy Service hut in West Town's East Village.

But do not be deceived by the vintage sign advertising 5-cent burgers on the Flip facade, as the griddled hamburgers — made with chuck, brisket and short rib and topped with carmelized onion, pickles and aiol — will run you $10.

Eater was the first to report Flip's debut in late June, during a soft opening phase where the hours of operation had not been established. On Tuesday, Aaron Feinhandler, a nephew of Flip owner Felipe Caro, said that the restaurant has adopted later hours of operation, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Flip is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Located just south of the Ashland and Division intersection at 1141 N. Ashland Ave., the Flip kitchen is run by chef Ashley Pineda, who was previously a sous chef with The Bedford.

Pineda's all-day breakfast options an egg omelette with asparagus and goat cheese, challah French toast with fruit compote, breakfast tacos, biscuits and gravy and a fried bologna sandwich.

Though Feinhandler described the hamburger as "a solid-2-thumbs-up burger," (Yelp members say it could give Au Cheval some competition) he said the breakfast menu is "easily the best in the neighborhood."

"[Pineda] took a French omelette and took it to the French power. It's incredible," Feinhandler said.

Feinhandler said he will eventually add ice cream out of his food truck The Doorstep, parked in the back patio of Flip after plans to bring the truck to the nearby Polish Triangle were nixed.

Prior to Flip and Authentaco, for nearly 35 years the stand had served as home to the original La Pasadita, a taco hut that closed in 2014. 

The joint's "hamburger history" was uncovered in March 2013, when bright yellow paint that had covered the exterior since 1976 was removed during a renovation. The hut was built in the 1930s and designed as a Snappy Service System restaurant. Snappy's, which offered cheap hamburgers, was a competitor to the White Castle chain, a city historian previously said.

The main menu. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

The sides and drinks. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

Avocado toast topped with egg. [Ashley Pineda]


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The back patio at Flip. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]