(BR)unch: Caliente

By: Leslie Knowles

Did anyone know Caliente served brunch? How did I not know this? Well, for those of you who don’t know: Caliente has brunch! Obviously as soon as I found this out I thought, “Well, I gotta try it.”

I arrived around noon, accompanied by my good friend Shawn Daray, who is also a 3L. Surprisingly, it was not crowded at all. Looking back, I think it was because Caliente’s brunch is a well-kept secret. Both indoor and patio seating was available, but we sat inside so we could watch the Saints game. Our server was very friendly and very patient—since it took us forever to decide what we wanted.

The menu, while small, looked intriguing. It features interesting dishes such as a Mexican omelet with fajita meat served with chorizo bean and breakfast potatoes. If you are skeptical of having Mexican food for brunch, Caliente also offers more classic dishes such as their “American Breakfast” which comes with scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast.
One particular issue of note: they do not have mimosas. They do, however, have Bloody Marys. Another thing: nothing is bottomless. This was a little bit of a disappointment, to be honest. However, to make up for this, Caliente offers a special on their sangria (both red and white) on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. At $3.00 apiece, the sangria is a great deal, and, as a bonus, it was also delicious!

I decided to try the Mexican tacos, which includes 3 tacos soft filled with “Mexican-Styled” eggs and served with chorizo beans & breakfast potatoes. Shawn opted for the “Mexican Hash” which consisted of sautéed potatoes, jalapenos, tomatoes, onion & chorizo and topped with 2 fried eggs. At $9.99, both dishes were a good value for the amount of food given. The food and drinks arrived relatively quickly; however, I will say that the tacos were lukewarm rather than fully hot. I like my food to always come to the table hot—but that’s just a personal preference. I added some salsa to the tacos for a little heat. Overall, they were pretty good. I was expecting a little more flavor from a Mexican-style brunch, but nevertheless I enjoyed the meal.
All in all, I’m happy to report that it was a great experience, and I would gladly go back. It was nice to try something a little different for a change! In case you are not familiar, Caliente is located on Lee Drive and serves brunch on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you, too, are looking for something a little different for your next brunch outing, I recommend giving Caliente a try!

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