Save us a Spot (and a Mimosa)
Written By: Jessica Young San Diego Brunch
Nothing says “the weekend,” like a decadent, delicious brunch. Whether you’re craving Latin-inspired flavors, locally-sourced goods or a buffet of delectable dishes, you’ll be able to fulfill your desires this weekend. Regardless of your location, diners can now visit three San Diego favorites and enjoy their newly debuted brunch offerings. In the fine-dining sphere, Ponsaty’s in Rancho Sante Fe has launched a buffet brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Little Italy’s Bracero is serving up flavorful Latin fare, along with bottomless drink specials. Diners craving a craft food experience, with all menu items prepared in-house, can hit up North Park’s Encontro.
With what feels like endless options, Ponsaty’s serves a brunch buffet that everyone can enjoy. The establishment, which is named after French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty, offers a menu that is inspired by both French and Spanish influences. The menu is developed from Chef Patrick’s years of experience, working in Michelin Star-rated restaurants throughout Europe. Ponsaty’s also offers live music, which adds to the experience for diners.
Chef Patrick strongly believes in using only locally sourced ingredients, in peak season. This allows the menu at Ponsaty’s to be both seasonal and creative, as dishes are crafted from the best ingredients available. The brunch offerings are curated with every kind of palate in mind. The herb crusted leg of lamb and cheese board offerings are particularly popular.
The environment is also another element that makes Ponsaty’s unique. Diners can enjoy several different dining locations in the restaurant. Casual dining is available at the bar, fine dining is available in the main restaurant or diners can take things outside and sit fireside in the courtyard.
To further inspire customers to indulge during Sunday’s brunch, which is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ponsaty’s offers $15 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
6106 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Bracero is aiming to spice up the weekend with their new brunch menu available Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The chilaquiles, with housemade machaca or avocado and nopales, are especially popular. The dishes, which are essentially everything you love about breakfast all on one plate, pair well with many of the drinks that Bracero offers. The Jalisco Choke Hold (tequila, mezcal, cynar, cinnamon, lime, sparkling wine) and mimosas are fixtures for brunch. Mimosas are bottomless with the purchase of an entree for $14.
Bracero draws their flavors from the diverse culture of Tijuana and pulls inspiration from other varied flavors around Mexico. The restaurant’s name is a nod to the Mexican laborers, and the food aims to be familiar and traditional, but elevated and creative. The food centers around bold flavors and highlights staples from different regions around Mexico.
“The inspiration for [the food] was taken from the usual fondas or cenadurias within Mexico. Most of the items on our menu are classics,” Luis Peña from Mexiterranean Hospitality said. “We include a variety of ingredients like different kinds of chiles, beans—and masa. That is how we come up with a very unique and authentic Mexican cuisine.”
1490 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
In North Park, Encontro builds its brunch menu from items that have seen success on the lunch and dinner menu, while throwing in a few breakfast-specific items. Specials also run from time to time, when the staff is testing out new menu items or flavor profiles. The tome-like nature of the regular menu promised lots of options for diners, so it is not hard to find something enticing to sink your teeth into.
A high-traffic location, Encontro’s brunch has been instantly popular. By 10 a.m. the first big rush has hit, and the establishment is typically at capacity by 11:40 a.m. Diners load up on menu favorites like the chilaquiles and the Hangover Cure (chorizo, scrambled eggs, jalapeño and black beans). Breakfast staples, like waffles, and benedicts, are available, alongside other “craft food” items that are prepared entirely in-house at Encontro.
Maintaining a brunch tradition, Encontro also offers a bottomless mimosa for $16. Diners can also imbibe on bacon Bloody Mary’s and cold brew coffees on nitro.
3001 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
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