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May 14, 2012 / foodradar

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

What do you think of when you think of a brunch menu?  Maybe some scrambled eggs, ham, toast, pancakes, waffles, etc. etc.  Some dude standing at the end of a prep table that takes your bowl of mushrooms and cheese and makes you an omelette?  That is exactly what I think of as well when it comes to breakfast food.  I mean, you can only do the traditional breakfast offerings so many different ways right?  Uhm, that is a big wrong, because the brunch menu at Z’Tejas was anything but dull and ordinary.  I’ve been to Z’Tejas a handful of times, and have had mostly good experiences there, but never realized that they had a brunch menu, so when I had the opportunity to sample their breakfast offering, I had jumped at the chance.

The best cornbread anywhere

At this breakfast you always start out with a dish that you may not expect, and that is cornbread.  Z’Tejas serves up some fantastic cornbread it its own little cast iron skillet.  They even offer up some creamy whipped butter to go with the cornbread.  Did you know that Cheesecake Factory, that claims to be awesome, doesn’t even offer you whipped butter?  They give you those little tinfoil refrigerated butter cubes that are impossible to spread.  It really pisses me off just thinking about it.  THANK YOU Z’TEJAS FOR GIVING US DELICIOUS WHIPPED BUTTER, to go along with your awesome cornbread.  I cut into mine pizza pie style, and boy was it delicious.  I’m not even really a fan of cornbread, but this stuff is just amazing.  I’d take this cornbread that comes with each entrée over a dish of chips and salsa any day.

Barbacoa Beef Breakfast Enchiladas

Now on to the good stuff.  Barbacoa Beef Breakfast Enchiladas.  They take black beans and coat them with cotija cheese, alongside some yummy rice and pico de gallo like topping.  What struck me about the accompanying rice and beans was just how fresh the ingredients used were.  Then you have the enchiladas themselves in a warm bath of chile verde sauce topped with some scrambled eggs.  You know how when you are a kid at supper time and your mom puts several items on your plate, and sometimes it was a chore to make sure none of the foods touched each other?  Sometimes it was even a game?  (If you don’t remember just trust me on this one, I had an interesting childhood.)  Z’Tejas takes several different flavors and you know what?  It is okay to have your food touch, in fact all the flavors on my enchilada plate went together just perfectly.  Between this plate and my cornbread, I was in Brunch Heaven if there is such a place.

Chorizo Pork Scramble skillet

What really made this skillet fantastic and what sets it apart from your national chain skillets (Denny’s, IHOP, Dee’s) were the fried potatoes and the chorizo.  The potatoes were not soggy, and they were fried up just right with the perfect amount of sizzle.  The chorizo was hiding safely under the stack of cheese in the middle, and each bite was a little treasure.  Warm tortillas?  Check!  You could even take a tortilla and just reach down and use it as a fork, and you have yourself an awesome breakfast burrito.  My wife ordered this dish, and got full well before she was able to finish, so being the good husband I am, I had to help her out in finishing the plate 🙂

I will have to say I was pretty surprised at how good our experience here was.  The brunch menu was so good, it makes me wish they offered it all day long and not just in the morning.  Like I said at the beginning of this post.  I’ve been to Z’Tejas a few times before and have had for the most part good experiences.  I’m willing to bet there are a lot of others in the same situation.  The place always looks busy at night and on weekends, but if you are one of those out there that are only “luke-warm” on Z’Tejas, I would like to invite you to try their brunch offering.  It’s outstanding and a break from traditional breakfast tastes.  And who can resist the cornbread?  Come give these guys another go if you have not been back for a while, and if you are a regular, well them I’m singing to the choir!


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