It’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite meal of the week: BRUNCH. The popular excuse to day drink has become a Sunday favorite amongst locals, and these three eateries have mastered the artful combination of breakfast, lunch and happy hour. Whether it’s a la carte or buffet style, the one thing they have in common is they’ve made it socially acceptable to drink on Sunday, and that’s something I’ll raise my glass to. Here’s a list of the best brunches in McAllen.
1. Infusions Eats & Drinks – Known for its flavorful eats and craft cocktails, Infusions sets the bar for brunch. Its outdoor patio is exactly what you want for an ideal day of eating and drinking. Throw in some live music and the best michelada selection in South Texas, and you’ve got the perfect cure for a weekend hangover. I recommend the Pork Belly Omelet, filled with kimchee, green onion, ponzu, and queso Chihuahua, and you can’t forget the house made chorizo hash on the side. Be honest with yourself though; the real reason you’re not still lying in bed is the drinks. Infusions features a lineup of mimosas and bellinis that rivals any big-city brunch, but it’s one-of-a-kind michelada menu is what sets it apart. From original or Asian-inspired to salty or sweet, there’s something for everyone.
Insider Tip: If you really want to embody the regional flavors, try the house-infused chorizo vodka Bloody Mary. It’s a local favorite.
2. Bodega Tavern & Kitchen – Bodega might be new to McAllen’s booming culinary scene, but Chef Adam isn’t. His passion for brunch precedes him, and keeping in line with Bodega’s theme, indigenous flavors are reflected in the restaurant’s brunch menu which features Pozole Verde and Bodega Benedict where poblano hollandaise is the star of the show. Even traditional brunch items like steak and eggs take on a local twist with migas, black beans and salsa roja. It’s easy to get caught up in the food at Bodega when you show up with bedhead after a long night of binge drinking, but make no mistake, they’ve got the hair of the dog that bit you. The Bodega Bellini is the most popular with its prickly pear and lemon flavors, but if you’re looking for a remedy to your late night woes, the michelada is where it’s at. Chef Adam calls it the best he’s ever had.
3. Roosevelt’s at 7 – McAllen’s original alehouse has hosted a buffet-style brunch since it opened. The recipe for success is simple: consistent, quality eats and the best selection of craft beers in town. Its all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib are worth the $25 price tag, but add an omelet station with all the fixings and you’ve got yourself a bang-for-the-buck brunch that’s hard to beat. That’s not all though, Roosevelt’s also features $2 mimosas and micheladas with its brunch, making it easy to drink away your Saturday-night regrets. It only happens the last Sunday of the month, so check your calendar before you make plans to binge with your buds.
I could end the three best brunches in McAllen here, but I have to throw in a wild card because I think everyone needs to check out this this one-of-a-kind watering hole. Suerte Bar & Grill is a downtown hot spot known for its retro-Mexican decor and South Texas-inspired drinks, but it’s getting in on the Sunday afternoon booze and food fest too. Starting in June, you can enjoy the uniquely Hispanic combination of barbacoa and Big Red on Sunday afternoons along with Bud Light micheladas and who knows what else Suerte will throw into the mix. If you’ve been there, you know anything is possible, so mark your calendar.
As if we needed another reason to eat or drink, these binge-worthy brunch spots make us look forward to Sundays, so invite your friends and check out any one of McAllen’s best brunches. It’s probably the only good decision you’ll make all weekend, and remember, it’s not Sunday brunch unless someone’s still wearing the same clothes from the night before.
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