Bolsa's Bloody Good Brunch
|Photos by Andrea Grimes|
|Chilaquiles: crispety, crunchety, brunchety.|
We got kind of a crap table on the patio, where it was like, either one of us sits on this little bench thing and the table goes up to our chin, or I sit next to Man O' The Hour in a chair, making us look like total jerks, because couples who sit next to each other at restaurants are gross, and if you disagree, you need to seriously reevaluate your worldview and throw away your Lifehouse CD's while you're at it. Believing thusly, we were much shamed as we faced the street in our appropriate-height chairs, watching a complimentary screening of Parallel Parking 3: Curb Cactus Gets Screwed, and bonus feature: In Yo' Face, starring the most powerful fan-mister in the business.
However, all was made well by two things: Bloody Marys mixed with Zing Zang, the finest of all the pre-bottled 'Mary bases, and the presence of chilaquiles on the brunch menu, a treat rarely seen outside of Austin, in my experience.
|Bolsa's Bloody Mary, with egg sandwich backup.|
The Bloody Marys passed muster -- if you're not going to make your own mix, Zing Zang should be close at hand. Our first Marys were a bit watery, though the addition of bread-and-butter pickle slices balanced out the usual 'Mary tang, adding a surprising, sweet flavor contrast. Bolsa got things right on the second try, with thick, tomatoey goodness and limes, too.
Bolsa's calling card is their use of fresh, local ingredients each day --and most everything was under about $15. The menu changes frequently as a result, but that awesome egg sandwich appears to be a staple. And unless Zing Zang goes out of business, at which point I will begin intense counseling and join some kind of yurt-dwelling cult, I'm betting the Marys will be there waiting for you, too.