The inner child in me still cheers when I wake up to a blanket of snow. Even if it’s just a few short hours that our dirty city streets are bleached white, snow storms may be one of the only times I look forward to bundling up and bracing the cold weather.
Which is exactly where I found myself on Saturday, happily freezing and trudging my way through snow to brunch. We chose Javelina because of its close proximity to our apartment. Also, there are few times that I’m not craving avocado and cheese, and Mexican has been a saving grace since going gluten free (hello, corn tortillas!).
It was pretty empty when we got there, likely due to the weather, but we didn’t mind! Tucked right off Irving, this below-level restaurant does a good job of brightening up the space without much natural light. Aztec prints and bright green accents added to a good daytime brunch vibe, despite the snow coming down strong outside.
We placed our coffee order quickly. Alas, no lattes or dairy-free milk (come on, people!), but we couldn’t say no to the caffeine.
We started with an order of the breakfast tacos, which were served with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, potato, and bacon. Though only an order of two, this appetizer was massive. I was seriously full after one, and I came hungry.
I ordered the migas with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, Serrano peppers, fried tortillas, and pico de gallo as my main, and added avocado. This had delicious flavor and it was nice to take a break from my standard scrambled eggs with cheese. I think this was made with about ten eggs…I wish I was exaggerating because I ate 3/4 of the plate. It’s slightly off putting to see that many eggs on a plate, and could have been cut in half. But, everything tasted great.
Paul ordered the steak fajitas and eggs, served on a sizzling comal with onions, red and green peppers, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, rice, beans, and house made flour tortillas. This was another massive portion—Paul could barely make a dent. He said the steak was perfectly cooked and well seasoned.
The Bitches say: B-. We were slightly disenchanted by how big all the portions were, as we left feeling disgustingly full, but the bites themselves were packed with flavor and perfectly cooked.
119 E 18th St
Javelina serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.