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Brunch at Ixcapuzalco

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Brunch at Ixcapuzalco

Seth Zurer | May 28, 2002 11:48 AM

Spurred in part by it's appearance in Amanda Puck's voice of the people food show, and encouraged by teh fact the Lula Cafe is still closed for renovation, I ended up at Ixcapuzalco for brunch this sunday. At almost noon the place was completely empty. I noticed a strange smell. It went away. We ordered some flautas in a green creamy sauce to start, a pleasant mix of textures: the corn tortilla halfway betten soft and crispy. I had the Huevos Estilo Bajia. Estilo Bajia evidently consists deep fried corn masa boats filled with black beans, toped with a coupe of fried eggs, and a sprinkling of chorizo swimming in a plate of the same green creamy sauce as came under the flautas and chinks of avocado. It was fine and my tablemates seemed to enjoy their eggs: one had alla mexicana, which looked a lot like scrambled eggs with salsa, and the other eater had eggs motulenos which came in a tomatoey chili sauce with slabs of dry baked plantain. IT was all fine, but not as good as the brunch at Frontera.

The breakfast was good, not great. But I found myself in a minor dilemma: I don't really have a standby breakfast place. It used to be wishbone, but I'm sort of off Wishbone. I've had enough unpleasant service experiences at the lincoln avenue location and I don't really like having to wait a half hour at the washington ave spot. I like Lula for breakfast, but it's closed. Lou Mitchells is closed on the weekend. Other good spots in my neighborhood are the Cozy Corner for pancakes and skillets, Johnny's Grill (next to lula) for ultra greasy hashbrowns and classless neighborhood camaraderie. I like Flo all right, and Bialy's across the street has a very nice omelette and a multi cultural menu. Edna's, on the west side, of Chowathon Fame, was good but not spectactular.

None of these places have really inspired immense devotion or passion. What are other hounds' standbys? VI: you mentioned Sweet Maple on Taylor in a post about Edna's: i'd love to hear more. Toast? Orange? Gladys'?

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