Dallas — By Tui Cameron on May 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Filed under: restaurant review, Southwestern food, Sunday brunch

Review: Sunday Brunch at the Blue Mesa Grill

 Sunday Brunch at the Blue Mesa Grill

Sunday Brunch at the Blue Mesa Grill

In the ongoing competition between Dallas and Fort Worth, I recently discovered some common ground: Sunday brunch at the Blue Mesa Grill. Everyone I have met, whether they hail from Cowtown or the Big D, agrees that this small chain of restaurants deserves all the accolades it constantly receives. Both the Dallas Observer and the Fort Worth Star Telegram give it high praise and awards, and the Mobile guidebook gives it 3 stars.

I’m not sure why, but all that hyperbole made me suspicious. So on a recent Sunday morning, I decided to find out for myself if the Blue Mesa Grill deserved such high praise. Not surprisingly, finding a group of locals to join me was a cinch.

The place was packed when we arrived, however, none of the staff seemed stressed out. I must have looked worried, however, because my friends assured me that the Blue Mesa Grill is always busy, and we’d have a table soon. They were right. Despite the crowds, we were seated within a few minutes, at a lovely outdoor table beneath a shady tree.

Interior of the Blue Mesa Grill

Interior of the Blue Mesa Grill

After confirming that we were there for the brunch and wouldn’t need menus, our server gave each of us the choice between champagne, a mimosa (champagne and orange juice) or a poinsettia (champagne and cranberry juice.) These are included in the brunch price, and our server kept them coming throughout our meal.

No need to scroll to the end of this article for my verdict: the Blue Mesa Grill puts on a wonderful Sunday buffet with a tasty array of Southwestern dishes. Its plentiful offerings include, fajitas, enchiladas, migas, grits, waffles, tamales, adobe pie, roasted vegetables, salmon, fajita style meat and more – much more (The full brunch menu is available online.) There’s a spot where you can have an omelette made to order with your choice of fresh ingredients. At another table, cooks make tortillas from scratch as fast as people can grab them.

Blue Mesa Grill’s brunch line up offers plenty of salsas, chips and guacamole, as well. I especially enjoyed the tomatillo salsa and a marinated salad comprised of jalapenos and onions, which had a citrusy tang with just the right balance of heat and flavor to please my palate.

Blue Mesa Grill

Blue Mesa Grill

I didn’t think I’d be able to manage anything else, but the dessert table features such a tempting array of bite-sized sweets that I was able to sample several. I have a weakness for flan (my Mom makes the best) and was not disappointed.

I really enjoy how the Blue Mesa Grill manages to be elegant without any air of pretension. Brightly colored plates complement the food, and add a playful zing to the Santa Fe style decor. And while most folks were in their Sunday best, those who were dressed more casually did not look out of place.

Despite the high turn over, our server made it clear that we were free to linger and let our food settle before paying our bill and leaving. My friends and I had a wonderful, relaxing time together. I highly recommend the Blue Mesa Grill for Sunday brunch. In fact, I can hardly wait to go back!

What: Sunday brunch at Blue Mesa Grill
When: Every Sunday from 9am – 3pm
Where: Blue Mesa Grill, Fort Worth (map), Blue Mesa Grill, Dallas (map). See their official website for all their locations.
Price: Sunday Brunch is $17.95 each (including champagne, mimosas, poinsettias, coffee, tea and soft drinks.) Children 5 and under are free, and those aged 6-10 are $6.95.
More information: Blue Mesa Grill official website.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Blue Mesa Grill

Tags: restaurant review, Southwestern food, Sunday brunch

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