POINT THE FIRST: Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year! May everyone be inscribed in the book of life and 'appiness and many, many wonderful things.
POINT THE SECOND: We like brunch. It involves eggs, usually lots of them, and is really the only meal where it's not only acceptable, but even appropriate, to start drinking before noon.
Over fourth of July weekend we made a very quick trip to Austin. We packed in an awful lot of seeing people and running errands and taking care of things. On Sunday, after a raucous party the night before, we met up with our best neighbor ever, Clare. She's been keeping an eye on the house and the car and our things for what we thought might be as much as two months but is now inching towards 6. Jeez is she great people.
The three of us ended up at La Condesa, run by chef René Ortiz of New York's La Esquina. Logan and I had been there soon after the restaurant opened, when we turned our noses up at charging for salsa and at serving $12 ceviches in downmarket parfait glasses (and didn't know that an egg white is a totally traditional addition to a pisco sour). But that was well over a year ago and it was way past time for a revisit.
I am so glad we went.
The restaurant is still totally beautiful, and when it's light you can even SEE all the decorations. Novel. The presence of the sun also makes these pictures WAY better than the ones from our last visit. Ah, what a difference lighting brings.
Just like the previous weekend at Publican, we immediately began our collection of drinking receptacles. Coffee was served with a small, crumbly cookie, which seemed more like an accompaniment for an after dinner cuppa joe.
We of course had to get one of La Condesa's famous drinks to go with our coffee. When we're traveling, we call the combo of booze and caffeine the Cooper speedball - gets you ready for all-day-long museums and is much less lethal than the more traditional speedball.
These are breakfast margaritas, according to the menu, with orange marmalade. They were strong and a bit sweet, which probably shouldn't have been a surprise given the marmalade.
We also ordered the chips and salsa you have to pay for (I think it's like $4?) and I totally take back what I said about charging for salsa. If the salsas are this awesome and there are multiple ones, you have my permission to ask for my money. Smoky chipotle, tart tomatillo, creamy verde - each one was delicious, and we each had our own favorites.
Also, the chips were good. Not stale, not crumbly. Good.
Because we were hungry and had brought along the lovely Clare (who also acted as a third stomach - yay for getting to try lots of things!) we demanded apps forthwith.
(Eggy Eggness and more pretty food after the jump.)