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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Zapoteca Restaurant Brunch Review ~ Portland, Maine

A couple of weeks ago, Gabrian and I headed to Zapoteca to try out their Brunch. I had a Living Social Deal and I was anxious to try out their breakfast offerings. We have been here in the past and have loved everything we have eaten before.

We were able to score a parking spot across the street from the restaurant. Before I crossed the street, my Mom called and we hung out on the sidewalk. Gabrian did some stretching exercises while he was waiting.

After we crossed over the restaurant side, we headed on in. Like every time I have been here in the past, they were warm and inviting. I always feel like they are happy to see us. We were brought to our table and started to look over the menu.

So many great choices to pick from!

I know I have mentioned it in other reviews, but I absolutely love when they serve the water in carafes. They are pretty and practical! 

I was going to stick with just water but I made the mistake of looking over their awesome cocktail menu. There were so many amazing options to pick from, that I just had to try one.

I went with the Mariposa Margarita ($10) which has fresh muddled orange and blackberries, Reposado tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and it was served on the rocks. It was like a pretty grown up version of orange juice (with a kick). It was the perfect cocktail for me to have with brunch.

We placed our orders and had a fun time looking around the restaurant while waiting. The decor definitely gave off the vibe of an upscale Mexican restaurant.

We started off with the Salsa Naranja ($4) which has Mexican and Asian spices, orange, and sweet chiles. This wasn't our first choice (they were out of the fresh salsa) but I am so glad that we ended up with it. It was such a fun twist to a regular salsa. It was sweet, spicy, and had a little kick to it. I loved the orange notes to this salsa. They didn't come with tons of chips initially but we were able to get a refill free of charge.

The kitchen was quick and it wasn't long before our meals came out. Gabrian ordered the Carnitas de Puerco ($12). This was golden pork shoulder carnitas, tomato chile sauce, pickled red onions & avocado, black beans, ensalada, & freshly grilled tortillas.Gabrian loved this meal. I was able to snag a bite of the pork and it was to die for. It was crispy and was so flavorful. This was a clear winner.

I picked the Huevos el Bajio ($10). It was poached eggs, corn masa tamal, avocado, chipotle tomato sauce, crispy red chile potatoes, chipotle agave glazed bacon, and ensalada. Again, it was another great choice. Gabrian stole one of my eggs (that kid could live off of eggs). This was a great combination and felt like a hearty breakfast with a mexican twist. I especially loved the crisp and salty potatoes.
Overall, we had another great experience at Zapoteca. This will not be our last meal (or cocktail) here and we look forward to trying more things on their menu. If you would like to try them for yourself, they are located at 505 Fore Street, Portland, Maine.