Oh, Mesa Grill. You're so hit and miss. That bread basket at brunch, filled with cheddar chive biscuits and cranberry coffee cake, blueberry scones, and blue and yellow corn bread--it's divine. The jalapeño jam with it? Questionable, perhaps. Don't be shy with the bread basket, though, as it's the high point of Mesa's brunch. Waiters time the meal so you get full and then hungry again, so even if you order an appetizer like the goat cheese queso fundido ($11)—so rich three of us couldn't finish it—you'll have time in between courses to schmooze, drink, and get hungry again before the rest comes. And the entrees?
The Ranch Style Eggs Tostada ($13) with crispy tortillas, crème fraiche, white cheddar and ancho chili tomato sauce sounded far more packed with flavor than it really was. The sauce--which lacked ancho's smoky spice, and any depth of flavor at all--could have come out of a can, and though eggs were creamy and properly scrambled, few of the other elements had much of a voice on the plate. So word to the wise--fill up on bread and cocktails.
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