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A Bad Brunch at Fiesta Restaurant

March 14, 2011

Weekends have been getting away from me lately! Did you miss my ‘eat the rainbow’ breakfast and Maryland Heights hike? (I just learned that the hike itself was in Maryland because though Harpers Ferry is in West Virginia, you cross the Potomac River to start the hike. Who knew?)

Sunday was a lot more low-key than Saturday but equally enjoyable. After all, how can you not enjoy yourself when the sky looks like this:

I spent the morning playing with the Instagram app on my iPhone. So fun!

It kept me entertained as I sat in Dupont Circle

reading a book

before walking down the block to church. Please note the name of yesterday’s sermon.

Can you see? ‘Oh, How I Love Starbucks.’ This Lent, our church is participating in a money fast — more details on that when I start the fast in early April — and giving up a daily trip to Starbucks is my minister’s biggest hurdle. We all have our vices, right? 😉

After church, it was time for my favorite weekend activity: brunch. I had a Capitol Deal for Fiesta Restaurant and Lounge that was about to expire — $5 for $20 worth of food — so that was where the action went down.

When the sign outside noted that the brunch menu was new, that should have been a sign. So should the entirely empty restaurant. (To be fair, a few tables filled up later but this was 12:30 on a Sunday!)

The Tex-Mex restaurant serves both traditional Tex-Mex (enchiladas, tacos) and small plate tapas, which sounded delicious but weren’t available during brunch. I ordered Eggs Mexicali, a Mexican twist on Eggs Benedict with pico de gallo and guacamole. The dish came with a side of bacon (no thank you) and potatoes.

The flavors were good — I love the idea of adding spicy guacamole to eggs — but the entire dish was lukewarm bordering on cold. Also: if you’re going to pour Hollandaise sauce on a dish, put that on the menu. I know that Eggs Benedict is traditionally served with Hollandaise but the menu didn’t mention that this Tex-Mex twist would also include the sauce.

While my brunch plate was mildly chilled but edible, my mom called her Western omelet ‘the worst omelet I’ve ever eaten.’ And we’re a big omelet-eating family. It was brown on both sides, contained hardly an vegetables and had a thick, chewy consistency.

After I finished my meal and Mom pushed aside half of the food as ‘inedible,’ we were both glad that the total came to just over $20, meaning the only cash we had to put down was for the tip.

Maybe Fiesta is better for dinner or drinks but for brunch, stay away.

What’s been your worst brunch experience? I’ve been lucky to enjoy great food overall and even the ‘interesting’ brunch experiences, like a random bowl of watermelon sorbet alongside an omelet in Korea, ended up being pretty tasty.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 5:55 pm

    I love the title of that sermon. And now I have Oh, How I love Jesus running through my head 🙂

  2. March 14, 2011 8:32 pm

    Blahhhhh cold food is just no bueno! I am a food lawyer in my spare time so I would asked them to warm it up!

  3. March 14, 2011 8:51 pm

    It’s rare that food is actually that bad! At least the sky was pretty:)

  4. March 14, 2011 10:47 pm

    No bad brunch for me… Bottomless mimosas make everything so much better! 🙂

    How is that book?

    • March 15, 2011 7:08 am

      Packing For Mars was fascinating. Mary Roach makes science so interesting and this was a real page-turner.

  5. March 15, 2011 5:07 am

    Sorry about the bad brunch! Very disappointing when restaurant meals are not-so-good. Makes me wish I had PB&J at home.

  6. March 15, 2011 7:50 am

    Lukewarm to cold brunch food sounds blech. At least you saved $15 on the brunch.

  7. March 15, 2011 8:26 am

    The blue sky in that photo is just gorgeous!!

  8. March 15, 2011 11:00 pm

    aw, a bad brunch is a terrible thing. At least it came cheap! It looks like you had a nice weekend!

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