What happens when a restaurant known for making absolutely kick-ass tacos, guacamole, and ceviche decides to try their hand at brunch? Lone Star Taco Bar serves up the most unique brunch I have had the pleasure of tasting in my fine city and I am here to recommend it most heartily. You might want to bring your own flask of milk to cool your fiery tongue, but it will be worth it. But let me start from the beginning:
The girls and I met up on a recent Saturday to celebrate my 24th birthday. There are few places I would rather do so than at Lone Star, which has the best tacos I’ve ever eaten- hands down. I reviewed them before and raved about the food, although the service and wait time left a bit to be desired. Thankfully all that was cured when I went at noon on a Saturday instead of eight on a Thursday night. The place was humming pleasantly with people but there were empty seats and we sat right under the stuffed buffalo head and perused the menu.Some tips for doing this right: Order everything and share. It is a small menu, as you can see, and everything is going to be delicious. If it says you can add chorizo then take them up on that. We ordered everything on the menu except the Huevos Rancheros, which I have gotten before and the breakfast taco- oddly enough. It looked good but we were all in the mood for something a little more adventurous. Hence blood sausage.I don’t think I have ever had the pleasure of knowing what blood sausage actually was until this point. It is basically sausage made of congealed blood and it does not sound appetizing in the slightest. It was the best thing we tasted all day and probably the best thing I have had at Lone Star. It does not have a weird texture, instead feeling something like really tender meat. It was spiced and savory and mixed with the salsa verde and runny egg…. I was drooling all over Sara’s plate. Thankfully, my own food arrived soon so she could eat hers in peace.Jalapeno Corn Cakes. They are exactly what they sound/look like. They are very spicy and also very wonderful. I felt like my mouth was on fire but I just kept going back for more because the sweetness of the corn and maple syrup kept drawing me back in. A hearty portion for a small price and a great rustic texture made these babies well worth the burning mouth. I couldn’t just get that, of course. This is a food review after all. I had to order more- for science.So I got the Papas Con Chorizo, which is potatoes and chorizo- nothing fancy. I ate it with gusto and it was hearty and rich and lovely. I ended up saving some of it for next day’s breakfast and it tasted even better after a night of celebration and merriment. All of this is my long-winded, well-documented way of saying that Lone Star’s rep for producing food porn worthy dishes has not diminished. You can order their full menu during brunch time as well, so the middle of the day is a great non-busy time to sample all of their gustatory delights. Their was also alcohol on hand- some mimosas, bloody mary’s and the usual but I didn’t imbibe as I was too busy sucking down coffee like it was the nectar of the gods.
Happy Wednesday all- it is officially three weeks today until I jet off for England and travel blog the hell out of that strange little island. Can’t wait to share it all with you.