Nowadays, I mix work and pleasure out of necessity—rather than choice. And by that I mean I usually bring my friends on Bitch-coordinated brunches, travels, and other activities. I also take to smashing different friends together out of calendar limitations—i.e. there’s not enough time in the day.
Thankfully, my core group is filled with a bunch of sassy, funny, all-around-badass girl bosses who can usually find something in common. Two of my wild child gal pals, Alana and Cara are both New Englanders with strong personalities, hilarious senses of humor, and unique outlooks on life. So, I suppose I should have expected that our first brunch together would turn into four hours of drinking tequila cocktails until the late afternoon.
The location? Espita Mezcaleria, a new Mexican restaurant and Mezcal bar that’s conveniently located in my stomping grounds of Shaw, everyone’s favorite place to open a great restaurant. Better yet, Espita is owned by a delightful couple—and I’m of the belief we need more independently owned spots and less big restaurant groups. (We were invited to try Espita’s brunch, so this one was on the house.)
We nestled into a corner booth in the restaurant, which has high ceilings and industrial vibes mixed with bright, Day of the Dead inspired-graffiti, and paintings on its walls.
We began with cocktails and guacamole, as you do at brunch at a Mexican restaurant. The guacamole is served in the classic fashion with avocado, diced onions, chopped jalapeño, and cilantro in a bowl. Espita also offers a selection of sauces: pistachio, roja, chipotle tomatillo and others to enjoy with the crispy, thick, and salty corn tortilla chips. These were top notch chips.