For many Gen X'ers and older millennials, brunch is a weekend ritual celebrated with your framily (friends+family) to either recollect and make sense of last night's shenanigans or to continue the activities of the previous evening whilst classying it up with a mimosa. Nothing shouts "I am winning at this whole #Adulting thing" quite like orange juice served over champagne in a “fancy” glass. We decided this week to research this ritual at Chef Adam Cavazo's Bodega Tavern & Kitchen.
Gaby: Depending on your location when one hears the word ‘bodega’, you might think one of two things: a produce warehouse or a small Hispanic mini-mart found in your neighborhood. However, none of these preconceived notions hold when you walk into Bodega Tavern & Kitchen.
Trisha: There is a an open, airy and industrial feel to the restaurant. However, the laughter amongst the tables and the comfort food create a relaxed atmosphere. It makes you feel as if, “This is my place.”
This past Sunday, there was a special charity event taking place at Bodega so we had the opportunity to indulge in the buffet options, in addition to those on the menu.
Gaby: Participants in the fundraiser were greeted at the door with a mimosa. I slipped on my shades and downed my drink to fit in. After the final gulp, it was time to go from a classy drink to a “let me take advantage of the remaining hours of my weekend” liquid libation. It was time for a Corpse Reviver No. 2 made with Gordon’s London Dry, Lemon, Cointreau, and Lillet Blanc.
Trisha: Our appetizing buffet offered up yogurt drizzled with nuts, dried fruit and granola, some pancakes, fresh fruit, black refried beans, bacon and eggs. I think I remember the eggs having some kind of tiny, decorative green herbs on them.
Gaby: I don’t know if the eggs had any green décor, I just put them in my mouth. You also can’t forget about the warm, buttery biscuits and mini conchas. Mini conchas!
Trisha: Thanks for that, Gaby. After giving in to our late morning hunger via the gratifying buffet, we moved on to the regular Sunday menu items, all in the name of research, of course. Bodega brunch options includes items like chef’s take on Benedict Eggs, Pork Belly Hash, Blue Corn Cakes and Biscuits and Chorizo Gravy. They also have kid menu options. I am still dying to try that Grilled PB & J.
Gaby: We decided to share the Steak & Migas, a morning delight consisting of a 6 oz. strip, migas and black beans with salsa roja.
Trisha: I had ordered the steak medium well, but it arrived rather medium.
Gaby: I didn’t mind. The more alive the better! The Migas were nothing short of tasty. The tortilla was crisp and the black beans gave the dish a creamy side. Although the dish already had salsa roja, I requested more hot sauce. I had a good cry once I added it on.
Trisha: That’s what we get. I added some liquefied fire to mine as well. You with your teary eyes and me with my runny nose. We were literally a hot mess!
Gaby: But you see, I like to cry when I eat. It’s therapeutic. (laughing)
Trisha: Somewhat following in Gaby’s footsteps, I went for a more traditional palate pleaser and ordered a Bloody Mary with Clamato, Worcestershire, Salt, Pepper, Hot Sauce, Fresh Lime, 360 Vodka, proceeded by a glass of bubbly with black cherries.
Trisha: Besides the yummy food and drinks, our afternoon was accompanied by guitarist Juan Alejandro Bribiesca from Reynosa.
Gaby: If brunch really isn't your thing, Bodega has happy hour all day Tuesday (drink specials and $1 raw or grilled oysters), and 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Try a Blue Suede Shoes or my personal favorite a Darjeeling Limited with Darjeeling Tea infused gin.
Trisha: Also, not to forget "Wine & Swine" Wednesdays. Choose 5 of your favorite house cured and smoke meats and receive 50 percent off select bottles of wine. FUN FACT: Bodega is the only restaurant in South of San Antonio to have its own curing room!
Gaby: Bodega Tavern & Kitchen is located at 2901 N. 10th Street, Suites A/B, McAllen, TX 78501. Their hours of operation are Tuesday & Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Thursday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Friday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.; Saturday 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.; and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Bodega (956) 627-0482 or visit www.bodegamcallen.com.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.