Monica's Goes Deep (Ellum) For Great Brunch
|Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The Hour|
|Monica's unbeatable $2.50 Bloody Mary.|
We were seated promptly in the half-dim restaurant, which was a kindness to my still-sleepy eyes, and quickly provided with the first dose of a surefire hangover cure: chips, salsa and water aplenty. But nothing perked me up faster than seeing $2.50 Bloody Marys on the menu. Dos, pronto!
Our attentive, knowledgeable waiter was back tout de suite with two drinks, rimmed with chili powder and garnished with lime. Bigger than State and Allen's $3 Bloodys, these were also spicier and thicker. For the price, I don't believe you can find a better Bloody in town. For the quality, I'm not sure it would be worth the effort, anyway.
On to the diverse brunch menu, which features Tex-Mex, interior Mexican fare, American dishes and sweet stuff. In fact, the first thing to hit our table, along with the chips and salsa, was a plate of cinnamon-sugar cookies. It was apparent from the very beginning that Monica's takes really good care of its guests. With my stomach figuratively in their literally capable hands, I ordered chilaquiles and the MOTH got the Baja plate, featuring tilapia and scrambled eggs.
The MOTH's Baja plate was an unexpected success -- lightly breaded tilapia on a bed of Dos Equis salsa borracha, hash, and scrambled egs. "The fried fish had a light, crispy shell and was great with that hash," reports the MOTH. He said he typically wouldn't "make the fish breakfast a regular thing" but that the Baja was "excellent."
As we finished our meal, Monica herself came out to chat -- after stopping by a table of Los Angeles-looking folk led by some dude in a sport coat and baseball cap who the MOTH was convinced was some kind of bigwig. We left Monica's place with full stomachs and cash to spare -- between the Deep Ellum staple's great service and food and Pepe Y Mito's all-day brunch service, the neighborhood handily wins the (Satur) and (Sun) day when it comes to south-of-the-border brunch.