Mission- DC

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Mission is a Mexican cantina in the heart of DuPont Circle. Whether you’re there for happy hour, brunch, or dinner, the restaurant is always bustling with 20-something year old young professionals. The decor of the restaurant is very rustic, think wood paneled ceilings, antique futures, and neutral colors. There is a front patio as well as an open upstairs room that can be rented for private brunches.

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Mission’s cantina feel translates into its menu as well. They incorporate breakfast food into your favorite Mexican dishes like burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and even fajitas. If you’re in the mood for lunch the taco platter is the way to go. Mission not only lets you choose your brunch entree, but your brunch beverage too. The options include mimosas, bloody Mary’s, margaritas, and Tecate (beer); if that isn’t enough to get you through the door, your brunch is topped off with a shot of tequila. All brunch drinks are bottomless, so there truly is an option for everyone. The best thing about all of this is it’s only $36.99.

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As with any traditional Mexican restaurant, you get chips and salsa upon arrival. As a self proclaimed chips and salsa connoisseur, I’d like to note that Missions chips are delicious. (I obnoxiously kept asking for refills.) The mild guacamole was pretty tasty also. I loved that we could pick the spice level of the guac. For my entree, I ordered the taco platter. The tacos have become my go to because there are endless options to mix and match. The pork belly, chicken, and al pastor are my favorites. I have to admit that the rice that came with the rice and beans was pretty hard and stale. My friend, who ordered the breakfast bowl, which has a rice base, had the same problem. She did, however, say the bowl was otherwise good. The steak and eggs got outstanding reviews as well. The portion was large, and the steak was cooked perfectly.

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On my first visit to mission the service was less than desirable, however the manger listened to our complaints and rectified the situation. Because the manager quickly resolved our issue, I decided to give it another try. On my second visit to mission the service was top notch. Our waitress brought us pitchers of both mimosas and margaritas so that we could drink as we please. Why choose when you can have both? I’m happy I didn’t write off the restaurant the first time because of service, because Mission is truly a gem. Everyone is entitled to bad days, but sometimes it’s the little things that can change the view of your experience.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! Mission’s bottomless margaritas take the brunch experience to the next level. The fact that the brunch package, with all of its options, is affordable is a reason to stowaway try it out. The addition of bottomless margaritas take the experience to the next level. Overall Mission has good food, good drinks, and good vibes. It’s the perfect spot to pregame for a day party or celebrate a birthday. Try stopping in for happy hour too, it’s just as great at brunch!

Mission serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 am.

*Mission will have Cinco De Mayo specials from 11 am- 3 am. There is no cover, a DJ and bottomless margaritas all day. 

Toca Madera – LA

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Toca Madera is a hotspot in West Hollywood specializing in Organic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is super cute with a huge bar, lounge area, outdoor patio, and photo booth.

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Brunch cocktails? Yes please! Toca Madera offers a variety of beverages from cold brew with vanilla infused tequila to margaritas to bloody mary’s. I went for the Mexican 69 – patron, pomegranate, la pinta, prosecco and lime.

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Toca Madera offers classic brunch dishes with a Mexican twist like Tres Leches French Toast,  a Mexican Omelette, and Carne Asada & Eggs. You can also go for tacos served on house made corn tortillas filled with your choice of  chicken, shrimp, mushroom & sweet corn, mahi-mahi, sea bass, tofu barbacoa or skirt steak. If you’re feeling healthy, they have avocado toast, a coconut parfait, vegan bacon, sausage and ‘soyrizo’. They also offer a ton of sides and appetizers. The guacamole with plantain chips and sweet corn are a must! I’m not usually one for dessert during brunch, but you absolutely have to save room for the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich! Warm cinnamon sugar churro filled with dulce de leche ice cream. So delicious!

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The restaurant is huge and there’s enough staff to accommodate. Everyone is super friendly and helpful!

Overall Rating (1)

2 Star Rating

Two Cheers! I absolutely love Toca Madera! The first time I went was for dinner and I was excited to try their brunch. Their menu is great and food is delicious. The only reason for not giving them three cheers is because they don’t have a bottomless mimosa option 😦

Toca Madera does brunch on Sunday’s from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

*On Cinco de Mayo, Toca Madera will have menu specials, specialty cocktails, tequila  flights, special performances and musical guests from 12 pm to 2 am