After another long week of work, business travel, a splash of play, and mounting commitments, we decided to set out and enjoy the pleasure of a casual, yet lighthearted, morning brunch experience but, don’t be mistaken, for as leisurely as our short term goal sounded, we take the indulgence of a Sunday brunch seriously. There is no time to be wasted on continental style offerings or the absence of the option for Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Not that we’re opposed to the regionally loved Michelada by any means, but variety is essential.
Fortunately, we found just what we were looking for at Gamehaus Gastropub. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Brunch and Gamehaus? Huh?” Well, you’re not completely alone. Gamehaus just rolled out their brunch menu a few short weeks ago.
Gentlemen, if you’re not too crazy about brunch, but your lady is, this might be the perfect spot for you. She can enjoy her Mimosa while you sit back and enjoy the TICKET. We’ve been told that this is a “thing” amongst sport fans. However, we were there to listen to some great tunes. Well, for at least an hour before noon (aka the starting time of the first football games).
Trisha: 80s rock and arcade machines? Loving this Sunday already! Gaby: Wow! Someone is full of energy this morning.
Trisha: They’ve got your FAVE on the menu...tots! Soooo, regular taters or Gamehaus tots? Wait! Puffy pancakes AND a breakfast burrito in a 10’ flour tortilla?!
Gaby: While I do love some tots, those Pork Belly Tacos are calling my name. Trisha: Very well then, as an appetizer before the feast, we’ll take two Bloody Marys, please.
In usual fashion, we settled on a few tempting dishes to conduct “research” on and, much to our delight, our findings were superbly palate pleasing. Every bite of that generously filled burrito was a delivered promise of cheesy goodness mixed in with scrambled eggs, toasty hash browns, maple sausage, black beans, and bacon topped with tomatillo salsa, crema, and fresh pico de gallo.
Those Puffy Hotcakes may need a full feature of their own! Perfectly puffed up batter rounds of perfection just aching to be smothered in whipped, sweet butter and warm syrup. You can even take it up a notch by adding on some blueberries, chocolate chips, and/or chopped bacon. Slow and easy, though, you’ll also be getting your fill of protein with the included sides of two scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage.
Gaby: These things are finger lickin’ good! Trisha: Judgment free zone. Lick away!
Oh, and for fellow fans of the “other white meat” you CANNOT not try the Pork Belly Street Tacos. Mini corn tortillas packing mouthfuls of expertly crisped pork belly, grilled corn, botanero chili, finely chopped cilantro, cotija cheese, cilantro lime crema and grilled limes.
Brunch is served from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m but, if you’re more interested in the sports bar menu and nightlife alternatives at Gamehaus, don’t fret. You will not be denied your pick of daily drink specials, pizza rolls, wings, gourmet sliders, dogs or bacon cheese fries.
Take a drive, a Lyft, Uber, or opt to enjoy a ride on the McAllen Metro (routes 5 & 6) to make your way over to Gamehaus Gastropub, located at 2109 W Nolana Ave., McAllen, Texas. Regular business hours of operation are: Monday-Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Upon your arrival, “check in” on Facebook and follow them @gamehausgastropub.
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.