In our bittersweet, yet inevitable wrap-up of celebrating local, restaurateur “Boss Ladies”, and with the weather acting in our favor, we could not have chosen a better wine, dine and, turns out, everything so divine weekend spot, for our Saturday brunch, than The Loretto at Mission.
Gaby: Got a table outside porque issss nice (lol)
Trisha: Perfect! (big smiley face emoji) Make sure we’ve got enough room for a total of five peeps, please.
Gaby: Brunch party. Got it! (wink)
In fact, these indoor activity loving girls and our accompanying squad for the day were so stoked to be dining outside basking in the warm sun and taking in the surrounding beauty contributed by the scenic-looking mesquite, papaya and umbrella trees, that after a few hours, our brunch technically turned into lunch.
The unique, upscale-casual café that is the Loretto Bistro, is located in the heart of Mission, Texas, and offers home-brewed coffees, an assortment of wines and beers and locally sourced premium ingredients in their delightfully tasting dishes. As a matter of fact, the majority of The Loretto’s produce and food items are sourced from local farms and vendors in our very own, beloved Rio Grande Valley.
Through wholehearted commitment, inspiration provided by the dedication and accomplished efforts of Mother Praxedes Carty-Sister of Loretto, and as a tribute to her alma mater and hometown of El Paso, Texas, Ms. Laura Aguilar-Gonzalez created The Loretto at Mission in the same style as Loretto Academy, the private boarding Catholic school for girls that she attended, with the same high standards and architectural design in mind. Thankfully, from our recent experience, Aguilar-Gonzalez also ensures nothing but satisfying food and excellent customer service is served up to her customers.
Gaby: Yeah, I had to order something to subside the potential state of “hangry”.
Not just your average mussels, the Loretto’s beer Mussels are 1 lb of Chilean Mussels deliciously prepared with Dos XX Lager and served with Toast Points. Of course, that was just the tip of our starting point. So, in true Dishin’ It fashion, we also ordered the Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts (Roasted Brussels sprouts – Baked Garlic Chips – Sweet Chili Sauce) and the Spinach Artichoke Dip (Creamy Dip- Sauteed onions and mushroom- Toast Points) to “start” with.
Come on, you know there’s no way we were going to stop there. For the main entrées, in our love for family style eating, we ordered a Build Your Own Omelette (up to 5 toppings including 1 meat, 3 veggies and 1 cheese of choice), some Chorizo Mollets (Toasted Baguette, Black Beans, Chorizo, Cheese, Pico de Gallo) that were served just as we like, “heavy on the chorizo”, and a few fresh and flavorful sandwiches: French Dip (Sliced Ribeye – Grilled onions, mushroom – Swiss Cheese – French Batard – Au-Jus Sauce), Grilled Chicken Panini (Toasted Sourdough – Smoked Gouda – Grilled Chicken- Bacon- Avocado- Local Greens) and the Turkey Avocado (Toasted Sourdough – Roasted Turkey Breast – Tomato-Avocado-Goat Cheese Spread- Local Greens). Ah, almost forgot the amazingly delectable broccoli soup that we all enjoyed a couple of spoonfuls of.
And, no, surely we did not simply quench our thirst with ice cold water and crisp cucumber lemonade, we also treated ourselves to an afternoon of “bottomless” mimosas for only $15 per person (available all day Saturday and Sunday). If OJ is your deterrent, no need to fret, you can also order pineapple or cranberry juice mimosas at The Loretto. More of a vino and garden-fresh fruit fan? Go ahead and extinguish your thirst with some savory Loretto Sangria.
During one of your very own, upcoming weekend or evening outings, support and celebrate the fierce Boss Babes in our RGV restaurant industry and stop by The Loretto at Mission, located at 1233 East Griffin Parkway, Mission, Texas, 78572. Their daily hours of operation are: Sunday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Monday closed. The friendly and helpful staff at Loretto can be contacted at (956) 600-7208. You can also visit their website at www.thelorettobistro.com and make sure to follow them on Facebook @TheLorettoAtMission for updates on specials and events.
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.