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GREAT brunch at Border Grill

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by MisplacedTexan, Feb 16, 2015.

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  1. MisplacedTexan

    MisplacedTexan Low-Roller

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    Hi gang,
    Since I solicited brunch suggestions a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd report back our experience at the Border Grill (Mandalay) brunch. We had originally wanted to try it on Saturday, but they weren't having it week before last for some reason, so we came back Sunday morning and were REALLY glad we did. Price was $35pp and my bride and I shared 10 of the 20 or so dishes on the menu. They're served tapas style and the dishes, for the most part, seemed to be "one egg" sized. A couple of the dishes were just "meh" but most of them were more like "HOLY CRAP, we've got to figure out how to make this at home!"

    I was worried about how service would be, but it was just outstanding. Just after the runner brought out the plates we ordered, our server was right there, wanting to know what she could put in for us next. I highly recommend it. We're definitely planning to make it part of our regular breakfast rotation when we're in town on the weekend. I should mention we ate on the patio and it was really great out there. Except for about 30 seconds of noise from some scissor or lift or something they were moving at the (closed) MB pool.

    If anybody's interested in the food porn, I can throw up some images of the stuff we had.
     
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    How long did you stay? And can you keep going as long as you want?
     
  3. MisplacedTexan

    MisplacedTexan Low-Roller

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    We were there about 90 minutes and the waitress seemed disappointed that we weren't going to press on. Seems like the brunch was 10-2. I suppose you could just hang out that whole time if you wanted!
     
  4. JoJoR

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    I've only had the brunch once, but loved it. Definitely a unique take on my usual brunch/breakfast buffet/meal that I'm used to.

    I wouldn't mind seeing some pics since they switch up their menu every so often.
     
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    This too is my favorite place! They also have all you can drink mimosas for an extra $12 or so . . . and the juices are fresh pressed with 6 or more options. WONDERFUL! Best kept secret!!
     
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    I love that brunch- I think part of the charm is that it's not self serve and the waiters keep encouraging you to have more! You feel very pampered by them just waiting on you and waiting on you and then suggesting you try something else. I loved the shrimp and grits and the fruit and yogurt cornucopia. My least fav was the huevo rancheros (disappointing). We went the day we left so didn't enjoy all you can drink mimosas, but we will this time!
     
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    Which dishes stood out to you the most?
     
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    Yes!!! food porn pics! I have been wanting to do this for years. I had a wonderful dinner there and have wanted to do the brunch forever, but either have not been there on the weekend or been with my kids, or both. Are they doing this at both places now? Just Sunday or also Saturday? Thanks!
     
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    Food porn -

    They start you off with a plate of fresh fruit
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    :popcornAnd then....? Come on. Give it up
     
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    Sorry, I lost the rest of it. We have had the brunch 3 times and each time I ordered the unlimited mimosas.

    Visit #1
    passion fruit mimosa

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    In addition to the fresh fruit they bring you guava empanadas (4 Forks)
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    The wait staff suggests each person order 2 plates on the first round. I went with shrimp and grits (3 Forks) and short rib hash topped with egg (4.5 Forks)

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    I was less impressed with the bacon jalepeno PBJ (2.5 Forks) and eggs benedict (3 Forks)

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    I also managed to squeeze 2 more mimosas before concluding the meal with a thimble sized portion of rice pudding (2.5 Forks)
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    Visit #2

    Once again, we ordered the unlimited mimosas
    Our seven mimosas included a nice cross section including watermelon, pomegranate, peach, passion fruit, and cucumber with the latter
    voted best in class. In addition we had 11 plates.

    Among the dishes we ordered were the short rib hash w/egg (3.5), chilaquiles (3), brisket omelet (3.5), churro tots (4) and sweet potato pancakes (2).

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    Sweet potato pancakes
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    The stars of this performance were the bread pudding French toast and the fig and blue cheese quesadilla drizzled with chipolte aioli. These were so delicious an encore performance of each was deemed necessary.

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    Visit #3

    On this visit I was the designated drinker with my wife opting for coffee, but I did not let this deter me as I established a new personal best by having
    a total of 5 mimosas with the highest rated being pineapple of which I consumed a pair.

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    On our first round we ordered a plantain empanada (3), crispy rajas taco (3.5), fig and blue cheese quesadilla (4) and a waffle and pork belly with maple syrup (4).

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    The second round of food included chorizo and egg taco (4.5), short rib hash (4.5), breakfast enchilada (4) and green egg and ham (2).

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    We concluded the meal with another double order of bread pudding French toast - 5 Forks per my wife

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    Thanks for the pictures.

    There does seem to be a lot of egg dishes!
     
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    If you find a dish you love, can you order 3-4 of them/as many of those as you like? Or is it only 1 run at each dish?
     
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    You can order as many as you like.
     
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    Price, including mimosas?
     
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    $35.00 without mimosas, $45.00 with.
     
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