Another quick weekend, but we sure had some serious cravings for some serious brunch. Our taste buds led us to Renee’s of Sharyland where we had a peculiar experience.
In a typical late Sunday morning matter, we communicated via text message to decide where we would shake off the Sunday Scaries.
Trisha: Hola! What time do you want to meet up doll?
Gaby: Whenever. Just got to get out of bed. I can’t drive. (Well, more like don’t want to, lol). Can you pick me up?
Trisha: Pick you up in about an hour?
Gaby: Sounds good! (closes messenger app, rolls over and sleeps another 30 minutes)
Established in 2000, we were excited to get our hands (and bellies) all wrapped up in one of Sharyland’s go-to places. We can’t really remember the conversation while driving to Mission, but we’re sure it included phrases like “need some mimosas”, “I’ll have all the pancakes”, and “I may just have to order everything”.
We opened the doors adorned with a painted monarch and found ourselves in somewhat of fairy world. A tree right in the middle of the room gave the illusion of a magical forest. The pastels and bright colors found on the furniture and tea cups had us looking for the Mad Hatter at every corner. Sweet melodies from Mario Aleman created just the right atmosphere on this Sunday early afternoon.
There wasn’t too much commotion going on. Only one table had guests, the side room was hosting what could be either a family gathering of about 20 people, and a party of three and ours (also another 3 folks) entered the establishment just minutes from one another. This is where our story gets a little bit complicated.
We have heard from many people who visit this quaint eatery on a regular basis or who are better acquainted with the establishment. We cannot change their experience, but this was ours. Like we said, everything was fine and dandy so far, but 20 minutes after our arrival and there was no one in sight. Someone finally made their way to our table, greeted, left menus, asked for our drink order and came back another 10 minutes later. A glass of water, strawberry lemonade, freshly squeezed orange juice and a what tasted to be a caffeinated decaf were brought and we placed our orders.
We placed our orders at 1:30 p.m. for Machacado a la Mexicana, French Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes and a “traditional” barbacoa taco on a flour tortilla and avocado. Two more servers came out and tended to the party room on the side. Mario the guitarist recognized us, took his afternoon break and came to our table to our chat. We talked about the good ol’ days of music in the Valley and how he used to shred the guitar. His new weekly playing schedule and had the “what’s new in your life” convos.
Mario had to pack up and leave and brunch made its way to our table at 2:25 p.m. For those not keeping count, we waited 55 minutes at a half-full restaurant to get our order. Our food was delicious but unfortunately the bitter taste left in our mouths after waiting for close to an hour made these hangry foodies unhappy.
Renee’s of Sharyland is located at 2600 East Griffin Parkway in Mission, TX. Their hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information you can reach them at (956) 519-9595 or followed them on their social media platforms @RenesofSharyland.
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-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.