la taza - 7When the sun is shining and the temperature is warm, there’s nothing like a weekend brunch at La Taza. The patio is large, scenic, and dog-friendly. The coffee is strong, delicious, and fair trade. The juice comes with champagne (if you want it), and the food has a Latin American flair.

Humbly called a coffee house, I think La Taza has one of the more interesting brunch menus in town. Their Huevos Benicio is potatoes layered with ham, pepper jack cheese, and eggs covered in salsa and sour cream with tortillas on the side, while the Machaca includes scrambled eggs, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, tortillas, and a choice of chorizo, spiced beef, or bacon. There are also more traditional options such as pancakes or El Gringo (eggs, potatoes, and toast), but even if you go the traditional route be sure to order the plantains on the side. Some dishes shine more than others, but the ingredients always taste fresh.

la taza - 4My favorite order is the Chilaquiles, which basically means nachos for breakfast. If you order one of their rich lattés with it, this basically means nachos and a milkshake for breakfast. Which is brilliant. You can even order this with soy sausage and therefore congratulate yourself on ordering such a healthy dish thanks to your willpower, nutritional prowess, and all-around awesomeness.

Yes, the service can be pretty bad and unfriendly, but this seems to matter less when you’re sitting in the sun pondering what to do for a lazy weekend day. Indoor weather makes it less of a destination spot, but there are always the nachos.

Jed says: “Great on a nice day but maybe not worth it if you have to sit inside.”

award_star_gold_3 16Rating: Erin: Jed:

thumb_up 16 iconPros: Great outdoor seating, interesting brunch options, good coffee.

thumb_down 16 iconCons: Slow, not great service.

money_dollar 16 iconPrice: All brunch and lunch dishes $6-8.

car famfam 16 iconParking: Generally sufficient street parking.

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