So I don’t speak Spanish (there’s only 1 romance language for me), but I’m pretty sure that “Comida” means “community” after my recent preview of their Sunday brunch program, opening to the public this weekend.
Comida may be a Mexican restaurant, but they’re doing something very European with their menu planning. Comida’s brunch menu readily embraces its place amongst local artisans, sourcing ingredients directly from its neighbors when possible. And boy does it have neighbors!
A Place at The Source
Comida is one of two restaurants in the new Brighton Blvd. installment called, “The Source,” an artisan food market very much like the Fairfax Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles or Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of my favorite foodie locales in Paris. Part vendors, part restaurants, all community oriented.
Like a true Parisian market, you can prelude your brunch with some pantry shopping at Mondo Market or pick up a proper baguette from Babette’s to take home for dinner (PS Babette’s actually makes their baguettes by hand, so you may want to pick up 2).
Sunday Brunch at Comida
Of course, you’ll also find Babette’s bread in some of the delicious dishes at Comida, like the Cinnamon Raisin Pan Tostado or Breakfast Torta, both made so much more delicious by that taste that only really fresh bread can bestow upon a dish.
The Breakfast Torta also features Tender Belly bacon and some tequila-doused salmon. Because everything tastes better when it’s soaked in liquor, as our server reminded us.
The “sleeper” on this menu is definitely the House Made Granola and Vanilla Bean Yogurt dish, which I would never ordinarily order from a Mexican restaurant, but was easily one of my favorites. Topped with berries and local honey, each ingredient was so exquisite that a simple concept became a quite a stunning dish.
For a twist on eggs benedict, try Comida’s take, made with chorizo hollandaise featuring Polidori Sausage chorizo. The chorizo gives the hollandaise a vibrant red color.
My absolute favorite dish was the Huevos Rancheros, served on fresh tortillas that Comida sources daily from a local vendor who makes them himself. But the real star of the rancheros is the roasted poblano that delivers an incredibly rich flavor.
So whether you’re looking for a taste of modern Mexican cuisine or just a taste of local ingredients in harmony, grab some brunch mates and head to Comida this Sunday. ‘Tis the season to be a fat kid, after all, so lets make the most of it.
Do you like restaurants that source local artisans for their ingredients? Is Comida on your brunch list? Let me know in the comments!