The restaurant is small but fortunately there weren’t many other customers when my brunch mate Hanna and I arrived around 2 p.m., so we had plenty of space. The decorations were adorable, and we immediately commented on how photogenic the colorful, tie-dyed tables were.
One of my favorite parts of a Mexican brunch is the flavorful cocktails, so we both ordered one to start. Hanna started with the Tiaxcalita Bella, a tequila-based drink with cranberry juice, lime, and fresh mint, and I was drawn to the Mezcal Tropical, which consisted of pineapple, orange, mango, and espadin mezcal shaken on the rocks.
While sipping on our cocktails, we decided to order a few appetizers to share and then our own entrees. Guacamole was an obvious choice, and we complemented this with the jalapeño poppers.
The guacamole was delicious and topped with pomegranate seeds, which we thought was a nice touch. Our server warned us that the jalapeño poppers were hot, and boy was she right. We both like spicy food but found ourselves chugging water after taking our first bite. Despite the spice, this dish was still a tasty one that I’d definitely order again. They were perfectly cheesy, and the breading was good enough to eat on its own.
After we finished our appetizers, we were ready for more drinks. Citrico has a solid drink menu, so we both decided to try something different. Hanna went with a classic margarita, and I tried the Guavazcal, a ginger beer drink with guava, lime, and pechuga de maguey mezcal. We were both pleased with our second round of drinks and ready to order our entrees.
Hanna ordered the Torta de Chorizo, which is a sandwich with scrambled eggs, chorizo, and black beans, plus she added cheese. I try to avoid ordering Huevos Rancheros when I’m out to brunch at a good Mexican place because I feel it’s such a basic order, but I couldn’t avoid my cravings. Citrico’s version comes with two fried eggs and refried black beans with homemade salsa ranchera on crispy corn tortillas.
My entree was tasty, but I had major order envy after seeing Hanna’s. The torta looked amazing, and according to Hanna, it lived up to her expectations.
We left Citrico feeling full, but not grossly so. The food was satisfying and flavorful, as were the drinks.
The Bitches say: A. Citrico serves a solid Mexican brunch in a charming, adorably decorated space.
681 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238