Eat This: Brunch at Fonda in Park Slope
Park Slope abounds with brunch options, but the options are severely lacking in the Mexican department. And good Mexican options? In my opinion, there is only one: Fonda. Thankfully, it is not only good, but great. Not only is the decor and atmosphere interesting and lovely, but there is rarely a wait–a huge plus in NYC. And, believe it or not, there is a garden patio in the back. Chef Robert Santibañez grew up in Mexico City and recently released his cookbook, Truly Mexican, in April.You’ll often find him walking around and talking to customers, and perhaps offering free coffee as he did to us.
Not that I’m an expert on Mexican food, but this stuff tastes truly authentic, making proper use of the chiles and spices available. Brunch, which is very reasonably priced (most items are $10) and includes a mimosa (choice of hibiscus, guava, or mango–yes, they are as good as they sound!), is filling and delicious.
Unable to resist, I had the Chilaquiles Rojos with scrambled eggs (you can also get them with shredded chicken or grilled skirt steak). Chilaquiles, if you’ve never had them, are homemade tortilla chips drenched in a sauce–it can be mole, verde, or rojo. Fonda only offers the rojo version, a roasted tomoato-habanero sauce, but it is spicy and yummy in all the right ways and comes topped with crema and queso fresco–as most things should in a Mexican restaurant. The dish was so large I couldn’t finish it–not something that happens to me at brunch too often! Did I mention it was $10??
My brunchmate had the Huevos Divorciados ($10), another classic Mexican breakfast dish. It is two sunny side up eggs divided by two sauces, salsa verde and ranchera, with bacon, queso fresco, and crema, and it came with a side of rice and black beans. So much food! The flavors were complex and bursting with the right amount of spice. All too often Mexican food in NYC is way too bland. But not here!
434 7th Avenue
between 14th and 15th St.
Park Slope, Brooklyn