Brunch is essentially a rite of passage for Angelenos. Downtown L.A.’s coastal Mexican-inspired Pez Cantina honors the urban obligation with their newest weekend brunch menu, a stacked list of sweet and savory items that fuse Mexican flavors with eggy, breaded and syrupy classics. They top the most important element of this essential meal with bottomless mimosas for $25 (with the purchase of an entrée), the true boozy highlight to a weekend brunch.
Pez Cantina’s Saturday brunch menu is a decadent mix of hearty, unique foods with Mexican flavors accompanied by a few sugary and satisfying dishes. If you’re waking up with a hangover-induced appetite, you should probably go for an item that piles on the meat and cheese. A couple of treats that caught our eyes were the Casuela of Carnitas, a plate of spinach, potatoes, salsa verde, eggs and fresh corn tortillas. Another unique combination was the Salsa Morita Braised Oxtail of sunny side up eggs, sweet corn and poblano polenta, braised greens and chiles toreados. However, with the ability to only devour meatless dishes at the start of a morning, we decided to keep things classic and munch on the chilaquiles, a beloved standard Mexican breakfast affair. A soft and warm bed of corn chips sit atop a serving of gooey, salty chicharron. At the same time, your taste buds are occupied by the mess of crema, avocado, queso fresco, and egg yolk drenching the nachos. The roasted cauliflower scramble was the next “healthier option,” an eggy delight of sautéed peppers, feta cheese, avocado toast and herbs.
With a shamelessly bright sweet tooth, we basically inhaled the Horchata French Toast, which proved to be the favorite within four bites of consumption. It’s always a treat to see a French toast dish that gets crusted with corn flakes in the cooking process. A horchata cinnamon flavored syrup drenches the thick stacks of bread, while a salty caramel sauce adds to the healthy doses of blackberries, roasted apples and strawberries decorating the plate. Again, we attempted to balance the calories with the unique Super Seed, Fruit and Grain Bowl, a mix of red quinoa, wheat berries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, dates, blueberries, vanilla bean crema, and hibiscus honey. A surprisingly delicious dish (I usually find myself shying away from eating healthy outside of the home), the hibiscus juice seems to mask the flavors of the grains, practically coating them with sweet, Jamaica-inspired essences. For those who crave the usual pancake and waffle ordeal, the corn and berry pancakes with hibiscus berry compote and honeycomb butter may be what you’re looking for, but with an added flair.
Sweet, fresh mimosas and draft beer completed this flavor jam of brunch goodness. Pez Cantina’s menu offers an eclectic mix of classic and traditional flavors, all while honoring the morning cravings that every brunch lover desires. If you’re looking for a new, unique brunch list and massive plates to share, Pez Cantina should be a pit stop to kick off your next weekend foodie destination.
For a full menu, visit here. They are located at 401 S. Grand Avenue.