We are so “cray cray” for breakfast/lunch that we decided to keep brunchin’ this week as well. Come on now, we couldn’t pass up on Suerte Bar & Grill’s “Barbacoa y Big Red Brunch.”
Yes, you read correctly! We totally mean Big Red as in the original red cream soda created in 1937 by Grover C. Thomsen and R.H. Roark in Waco. Suerte’s themed brunch is a once a month treat and so the stars aligned, our calendars synced up and we took the whole family to experience this unique Sunday brunch.
Trisha: At its corner location, on the south end of the McAllen Entertainment district, Suerte Bar & Grill opened its doors at the early hours of 11:00 a.m this past Sunday. Expect your ocular senses to be stimulated as you walk through the door and your brain attempts to make sense of the visual overload of LatinX and Tex-Mex folk art draped all over the walls.
Gaby: Bright colors, modern-day and funny loteria tributes, as well as a Day of the Dead Altar are all part of the decor. The presence of Selena, the Queen of Tejano and what it looks like to be Suerte’s patron, is found throughout the entire establishment, including a side dance room dedicated to the “Queen” herself with a giant mural.
The background music, groovy tunes of the seventies, eighties, and nineties, set the stage for a stroll down memory lane and enticed my limbs to a dance-off. Unfortunately, my opponent only spoke of accepting my challenge, but never got up on her feet. Until next time!
Trisha: There’s a select number of drinks on special: Big Red Margarita, Michelada, La Mimosa Chismosa and Horchata y Henny. After trying some of the Big Red Margarita, being that I’m a loyal fan of the bubbly, I went for La Mimosa Chismosa, decorated with a colorfully filled skewer loaded with Peeps, a mini concha, gummy candy, a fudge-striped cookie and at least one fresh strawberry.
INSIDER’S TIP: The Horchata y Henny are normally priced at $12, but are only $10 during brunch Sundays.
Gaby: I had to try the Big Red Margarita; we solely did go to brunch to check out this Big Red inspiration.The massive Big Red fish bowl was exactly the spoonful of sugar I I needed to revitalize me from the night before. Well for about an hour, I was inspired to crash on my couch as soon as I got home from brunch.
I must have looked extra thirsty because as soon as my margarita was done a Horchata y Henny appeared right before me.
Trisha: You’re welcome!
Gaby: It was nice to recall the times that my grandma made me Horchata from scratch when I was a kid, while letting the responsibilities of adulthood sink in just as the Henny did into my drink.
Trisha: Just like the drink menu, the food menu is rather limited. However, do not let that discourage you from ordering. It’s all about the quality, not the quantity. Each order is more than enough to fill even the emptiest of bellies and taste’s like a home-cooked meal. Choose your indulgence between Barbacoa Tacos ( 3 corn or 2 flour tortillas), Torta Sucia, Menudo (lacked a pinch of spice), Migas or a Mexican Burger served on Texas toast bread, topped with cheese, ham, egg, tomato, lettuce, mayo, a jalapeno and fries. Make sure to also stop by the salsa bar for your onion, cilantro, extra jalapeno, salsa, lime and salt fixings.
Yikes! I almost forgot the dessert option, a Concha Ice Cream Sandwich. Yes, a Concha Ice Cream Sandwich just in case you need that extra shot of sweetness in your life. What a rush! Of sugar, that is.
Gaby: I was overwhelmed with the choices and did not order anything in specific per se. That was actually the best thing because that gave me the chance to mooch from everyone at the table. The portions are substantial enough for two people. I was able to try everything with the exception of the Mexican burger, the highest priced food item on the menu at only $9. I guess besides being thirsty, I was hungry.
Trisha: Unfortunately, due to forgetting the “stretchy pants” and what not, we also didn’t get to try the Torta Sucia, barbacoa served in a lightly toasted torta, smothered with refried beans, avocado & white cheese, served with chips.
I should mention that there is no table service for ordering. All food and drink orders must be made at the bar with the bartender on duty. There was a great turnout of people, more than likely an unexpected one for management because they were a bit shorthanded on overall staff and product. They definitely pulled through, though.
Gaby: Although there were hiccups, I have to give props to the proprietors for reaching out to their customers via social media and acknowledging they were not prepared for such a big turnout. They promised to make their next brunch a better experience for all and, of course, have plenty more barbacoa and Big Red!
Trisha: Suerte’s “Barbacoa y Big Red Brunch” is normally held every first Sunday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Suerte is located at 301 S. 17th Street, McAllen, TX and can be reached at (956) 655-7058, or via their various social media outlets.
Gaby: If you can’t catch them for brunch, Suerte’s hours of operation are Sundays & Mondays 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.; and Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Keep an eye out for fun events like their upcoming 4th Annual Selena Tribute Night on April 13, the Bunny Bar Hop on April 14 or the Cinco de Mayo Block Party on May 5.
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.