My boyfriend, Rich, and I headed to brunch in Mosaic District on a chilly winter day, fully ready for margaritas and chips and salsa. We had been invited to brunch by Cyclone Anaya’s to sample the authentic Mexican fare that’s loved by Texans and Virginians alike from this family-run, Texas-born chain of restos.
We began with a mimosa and a basket filled with warm tortilla chips and spicy salsa. Our drinks were lovely and went down easily. The price of bottomless mimosas at Cyclone Anaya’s is $11 with one cent refills. What a deal! We loved the toasty, warm tortilla chips and the super fresh salsa.
At this point, the manager sent out some appetizers for us to sample. We were treated to a couple of the bar snacks that range between $5-$7 during happy hour. We had the beef quesadilla, fresh guacamole, chicken flautas, and spinach queso dip. These bite sized snacks were quite tasty and satisfying. We enjoyed the quesadilla the most and loved dipping it in the guac. The flautas definitely needed the sauce or else they were far too dry. These were all a great way to start a meal.
We also tried the fresh seafood ceviche with fresh avocado and plantain chips. I skipped the ceviche because it was just a little early for so much seafood for me. Rich assured me that it was delicious and he loved that you could use the plantain chips as a solid dipping vehicle. It was a lovely twist on this traditional dish.
After we finished our appetizers, we ordered a round of drinks. Our waiter was super helpful and recommended the elderflower mojito and Mardi Gras margarita. The margarita was gigantic and strong–a great drink to share! It was made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, and blackberries. The elderflower mojito was by far our favorite drink of the day. It was the best mojito I’ve ever had! This cocktail is made with Bacardi raspberry rum, St. Germain Elderflower, Monin O’Free syrup, lime juice, mint, and a splash of soda.
We also sampled the blueberry coconut mojito. This drink was made with Bacardi coconut rum, pineapple and lime juice, Monin O’Free Syrup, blueberries, and topped off with soda. The best thing about these mojitos? They’re guilt free! They’re all under 130 calories! Just another reason to make happy hour even happier.
For our entrees, I ordered the carne asada and eggs; and Rich chose the eggs Florentine with crab cakes. I ordered my steak and eggs with my eggs scrambled and my steak medium. I was so glad I ordered this dish because it was absolutely delicious. The skirt steak was incredibly flavorful and juicy. It was a little less pink than I would have liked but it was still so tasty. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the potatoes were seasoned with chipotle. They were spicy, but not too spicy.
Rich’s crab cake Florentine was also yummy and so pretty! It was served with jalapeño Hollandaise which was tasty and spicy without being too much. There was a perfect amount atop each cake. I stole a bite of the crab cake which was moist, but crispy on the outside. There could have been more crab, but overall this was a satisfying dish.
By now, we had finished our drinks and the waiter suggested we try a frozen margarita. We were very pleased to learn that we could blend together any flavors we wanted! We tried the peach and raspberry and were so happy. It was a perfect consistency and refreshingly fruity.
We were undoubtedly full, but then the manager sent out dessert: the classic Mexican sopapillas. Sopapillas are essentially fried dough served with honey. They were delightful. They were very light and provided us with a sweet finish to the meal. Rich topped off his meal with a decadent coffee drink and espresso shot. Both of which he thoroughly enjoyed. The manager sent out two shots of liqueur to bring an end to our booze-filled brunch.
The Bitches say: B+. A great bottomless option with hearty, comforting food and great service. Do not leave without ordering a guiltless mojito.
2911 District Ave
Cyclone Anaya’s serves brunch until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Cyclone Anaya’s. While this review was written independently, we do receive compensation from the company.