I have made no secret of my intense and undying love of Mexican food, nor have made a secret of my love for breakfast. So when The B Man suggested a new Mexican brunch spot in Crown Heights, I got dressed as quickly as possible and enthusiastically stomped over to the corner of Franklin Ave and Sterling Place, fully prepared to stuff my face at Chavela's.
Even though the place was filled to the brim, they were able to seat us right away at a cozy little two top nestled among the rather festive interior.
I was quite hungry (as usual), so we started with the Salsa Trio
The trio of tomatillo, pico de gallo, and chipotle habanero is served with whole baked corn tortillas. This is basically my dream alternative to chips. Most of the time I can't eat chips in restaurants because they are fried in the same oil as gluten items, but baked tortillas totally solves that problem!
So I dug in without hesitation
All three salsas were delicious, but I'll give you one guess which was my favorite.
Chipotle habanero, you say? Correct! If I could only eat one flavor the rest of my life it would be chipotle.
It was the perfect nibbly snack to tide me over until the mains arrived. And they arrived with bells on!
The B Man got the Huevos Ahogados
It's two poched eggs on toast with chorizo, guac, and jalapeno hollandaise. A bit of a of a Mexican take on Eggs Benedict if you will. It was almost enough to give me gluten envy.
Look at those spicy home fries!
I opted for the Huevos Con Rajas.
Two eggs over easy with roasted potatoes, poblanos, caramelized onions, and refried beans. It comes with crema and Oaxaca cheese which I omitted for the sake of my tummy.
I topped the eggs with the trio of salsas and dug in.
The food was so good, we instantly stopped taking pictures in favor of savoring every bite to the fullest.
Since I left California six years ago I've be on the hunt for a Mexican place in New York that does the beans the way we do back home. I have searched high and low for the perfect refried beans and for six years I've come up short handed. Delicious beans are everywhere in BK, but California style refried beans are only at Chavela's! There is no combination of subway and bus transfers that could keep me from these beans.
In spite of the lack of photos, I can assure you Chavela's is a top notch brunch establishment. The service was great, the atmosphere delightful, and the food was nothing short of scrumptious perfection. After I inhaled my meal I looked up and said two words that incorporate an restaurant into our rotation immediately, "I dig".
Chavela's is well worth the trip if you're not in or close to Crown Heights and if you are, you have no excuses! Their brunch menu is extremely reasonably priced and includes Mexican Sweet Bread (obviously I didn't get this because gluten), your choice of coffee, tea, or juice, and an entree for just $13.95. That's cheaper than most sad-desk-salads in this town.
I do get the sense this place gets a bit more packed between 1 and 4pm for weekend brunch, so make sure to go a bit earlier so you don't have to wait (although their coffee is also quite good if you do get stuck).
I've also heard wonderful things about their cocktails and tacos, so I'm sure I'll be headed back there soon. Perhaps I'll share that trip with you too! What do you think?