In my experience, there are a few things that really bring people together. Food is one of them. Add a great atmosphere plus good conversation and you get a lovely Sunday Brunch. MIXTO Food & Drink and A Toddler and a Topknot were kind enough to host a back to school brunch for a handful of local bloggers. Round one was delayed by Mother Nature but Irma was not invited to round two. Also not present, my children. Do you know what that means? My meal was WARM. Let me take a moment to talk you through brunch at MIXTO. French toast, tater tot waffles with vaca frita and fried egg, morning chicken with guava sauce, croquette benedict with potatoes, the skillet with plantain, bacon, potato, and egg. You guys, cro-que-tte-ben-e-dict. Can I say this again? TATER TOT waffles with VACA FRITA and fried egg. All of these were hot when we ate them.
Do you know what else we didn’t have to do? Share. I didn’t have to share my food, my fork, my attention, my lap. I do thoroughly enjoy my children, but it is nice to occasionally be in a place where I’m not tossing puffs and yogurt melts into the mouths of hungry hippos before they become hangry hippos. It was also nice to not have to crawl around the floor picking up said puffs. That being said, I don’t think that anyone at MIXTO would have minded the presence of the ten children that could have been at our table. A look into the staff and “Kids Eat Free Tuesdays” make this a glaringly-apparent family restaurant. They are the perfect argument against pizza places being the only acceptable places to bring children. You would never expect such a family feel from such a modern and rustic look.
I am a sucker for good food and local restaurants. Again, MIXTO for the win. The owners are hands on, mingling with guests and working in the kitchen. The Chef is approachable, inventive, and knows his way around an open flame and fried egg. Even watching him salt some potato chips was cool. Take a seat at the bar and watch him work while you listen to a live band on Saturdays, which is the perfect alternative to watching Master Chef in your sweatpants eating ice cream (you know that sounds bad but it is also SUCH a good Saturday night routine).
The frosting on the guava cheesecake were these talented ladies that accompanied the celebration of warm meals. They are creative, fun, and they have great taste in food and fashion. Powerful things can happen when you bring a few creative women together for brunch, but who needs to change the world at brunch? I was happy as a clam to enjoy their company and conversation while I ate. Did I mention they had guava cheesecake? Tell them I said hello. Don’t walk, run. You’re welcome.