Brunch at The Painted Burro

At The Painted Burro in Somerville, it’s spacious and bright, chips and salsa flow freely, and the menu is filled with Mexican and Latin American dishes – moles, tacos, tortas, and tequila.

I’ve been there multiple times for dinner – and the last time my friends and I were there for Supper Club, I had a glass of sweet and intensely flavored pumpkin sangria (the sangria changes with the seasons, and this spring, it’s rhubarb sangria). Actually, I had two glasses of that sangria. Or maybe three.

Most recently, when I went to The Painted Burro, I did not partake of any margaritas or any other libations. Instead I chose a refreshing (non-alcoholic) drink that had me dreaming about vacations and colorful mornings in Mexico: the iced coffee horchata.

Two of the most popular brunch drinks at The Painted Burro are the michelada and the iced coffee horchata:

If you’re the Bloody Mary type of person (I’m not), you will enjoy the michelada – it’s a Mexican cocktail made with beer, lime juice, hot sauce, and other seasonings. If you’re a sweet-cocktails-like-dessert type of person (you know that’s me), you will enjoy the iced coffee horchata.

Imagine this: horchata – an iced Mexican drink made with ground almonds, rice, vanilla, and cinammon – transformed into a morning beverage with coffee. It’s not quite dessert, but it’s close. It’s sweet, creamy, and refreshing. I would like this every morning.

I love everything about The Painted Burro – from the giant mural of the burro (donkey) to the splashes of color on the furniture, I felt like I could be in Mexico.

I am not sure if they serve chips and salsa during brunch in Mexico, but I’ll take it. The chips at The Painted Burro are big and salty, and the salsa has a slight tang and spice to it.

I know I always go on and on about how much I love ordering eggs for brunch, but there are days when my sweet tooth can no longer be ignored for the benefits of protein and health (nevermind that I already have a sweet drink in hand), and I give in and order something like this:

Thich-cut French Toast a la Mexicana – egg-dipped brioche, caramelized plantains, maple syrup

This definitely tasted like a big plate of dessert. The bread was crispy on the outside and soft and eggy on the inside, perfect for sopping up the whipped cream and the sticky maple syrup.

My brunch companion ordered The Painted Burro’s take on a more traditional brunch dish

Burro Benedict – 2 poached eggs, sliced ham, refried beans, home-style English muffins, and a smoked chile hollandaise

I had a bite, and it was good; I especially liked the smoked chile hollandaise. There are a lot of other brunch dishes that I want to try next time I’m back, like the huevos rancheros and the ham and broken yolk torta. I will certainly order another glass of the delicious iced coffee horchata.

The Painted Burro is owned and managed by the same folks at Pizzeria Posto, which in my opinion is one of the most under-rated restaurants in Boston and offers exceptional Italian food. Check out both restaurants if you’re in the Davis Square area!

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15 Responses to “Brunch at The Painted Burro”

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    Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt posted June 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I loved The Painted Burro for dinner and have been looking for a place to take my Dad for brunch when he comes to visit. You have me convinced! I’m a michelada kind of gal. ;)

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted June 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

    This place looks incredible!

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    Shannon posted June 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    we finally went there a few weeks ago and I definitely enjoyed. no one told me about the rhubarb sangria though!!! want to go back now :) brunch looks fabulous- plantains and french toast?! yum.

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    Michelle Collins posted June 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve been DYING to go here for brunch. That iced coffee Horchata needs to enter my mouth!

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    Megan posted June 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    The burro benedict looks quite good, as does your drink. So happy I got to catch up with you tonight!!

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    Joanne posted June 13, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Wow that whole brunch sounds amazing! I wouldn’t have been able to turn down that french toast either…plantains are a weakness of mine!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted June 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Sounds like an awesome place for brunch! Next time I’m in the area I’ll have to remember this one :) The ice coffee looks sooooo great

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    Ashley posted June 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Woah…pumpkin sangria, rhubarb sangria, iced coffee horchata? I’d go there for drinks alone!!!!! But then this amazing food too? Can I please get an outpost of The Painted Burro next to my house?

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    The Squishy Monster posted June 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    ahhh, you eat the yummiest things…wish I could tag along!! Thanks for sharing bc it’s at least a bit of solace =)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted June 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I just moved from the Davis area and this is making me miss it! I <3 painted burro and posto!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted June 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Looks like a fantastic brunch. The French Toast sounds awesome with those bananas!

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    Rhonda posted June 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    That burro benedict looks insanely good. I love Mexican food.

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    Molly Galler posted June 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I love the Painted Burro. Rosa Mexicano also makes great Horchata.

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    CCU posted June 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I love the name and the quality of this place :D


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    Daisy posted June 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Need that coffee horchata in my life! Such great photo’s here lady, really makes me want to pay them a visit.

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