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Fonda San Miguel - what am I missing?

Bababooey | Jan 9, 2007 03:03 PM

I just took my family to brunch at FSM this past Sunday, in part due to recommendations received here. We knew it would be a buffet, and that the choices would be different than what we were used to (we are recent transplants from L.A.). We made reservations for 11am, since we had my 2.5 yr old and 3 month old I thought that would make it easier. at 11:15 we were still waiting to be seated. After finally being called by the hostess, we were directed to a table which was being fully assaulted by the sun through an un-shaded window. My 3-month old is sleeping, and I can't put her down anywhere because of the sun. By the time I turn around to protest, the hostess has left. We find a spot to hide the baby under the table and my son and I put our sunglasses on (seriously).

We eat a very good meal consisting of migas, ceviche, guacamole, lamb chops, chicken in mole verde, Mexican spoonbread and very good desserts. Everything was very good and a nice mix of familiar and new flavors for us to try. As I consider unbuttoning my pants for another run at the dessert bar, the waiter brings the bill. Having not seen any information on the cost of this brunch, I had guessed that the bill would be $18 each ("C'mon! this is Austin, not L.A.!!) and my wife guessed $23 each. When I opened the check to find $38.95 each!!!! Are you kidding me? There are restaurants in New York that would blush charging that much for DINNER! And I got "dogfish ceviche"?? PLEASE!

I fear that Austin is being duped into believing this is worth it. Well I'm here to tell you that it's not. Brunch was good, not great. Service was marginal, though friendly. The ambiance was lovely (except for the suntan I received). But $40? Keep in mind that I won't blink at dropping some cash to eat great food, but this was brunch!!! Did I mention that the $40 DID NOT include Mimosas or Bloody Mary's? They were $3.50 each...

Anyway, that's my rant...I won't be back, as nice a meal as it was, until they halve their least...

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