What comes to mind after drinking coffee and reading the newspaper about 10 a.m. on a lazy Sunday morning? You guessed it — brunch! Now, the decision has to be made, where do we go? Ahh, Mexican food — a favorite for so many people. Luckily for us here in the Antelope Valley, we have quite a few choices. From small taco stands to big, beautiful restaurants, which is the case for Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant in Palmdale.

So now that we knew where we were going, we called a couple of family members (Megan and Justin) to meet us for a nice leisurely meal. Walking into Medrano’s takes you back to old Mexico, with the decorations and murals that adorn the walls. On this particular day, there was a great vibe going on — fun music and lots of laughter. We were seated right away in a nicely lit, comfy booth. This was our first time at Medrano’s for brunch.

Wow, I couldn’t believe my eyes, the entire bar was filled from one end to the other with chafing dishes containing a myriad of items. From salads (seafood, green and vegetable) to fruits (watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, orange slices, papaya), to handmade tortillas and omelets with all the fixings. As I walked down and started opening the containers, I saw a little bit of everything. Chinese food (orange chicken and kung pao chicken), traditional Mexican entrees (enchiladas, chicken mole, chile verde, chile colorado, fajitas, burritos, chile rellenos, soup, even pan dulce (or sweet bread as it is referred to in English) plus American faire (BBQ ribs, mac n’ cheese, mushroom steak, shrimp) and traditional breakfast items like bacon, sausage, chorizo and eggs, potatoes, waffles and French toast. Large containers of self-serve horchata and orange juice are available, as well.

I was so amazed, until I noticed the desserts — then I was like, “Are you kidding me?” There were slices of assorted cheesecake, flan, Jell-O and this incredible-looking bread pudding — and I certainly do not mean just bread pudding. No, this looked more like a glazed donut with coconut, candy beads, cinnamon and everything yummy. Three of us decided to partake in the buffet and Megan decided on a shredded beef taco and chile relleno combination from the menu.

We ordered two mimosas, which are included with the brunch for the adults and iced tea for the under 21. The mimosas were so refreshing and delicious with the perfect mixture of champagne and orange juice. I started off with a mushroom omelet, very tasty hand-made tortilla, fresh fruit, chorizo, enchiladas and some BBQ ribs, followed by a waffle, more fruit, a few cold shrimp with cocktail sauce and the bread pudding and flan last. Actually, we all put some of the bread pudding on our plates and all I can say is that the flavor was indescribable, as fabulous isn’t even close. I think maybe magnifico might sum it up — a definite must-have on your next visit. I enjoyed everything I had, with the chorizo stuffed in my handmade flour tortilla being my favorite, followed closely by my perfectly cooked, fluffy omelet.

The presentation of the combo that Megan ordered was just as beautiful as it was delicious. She asked to have the taco put on a separate plate so the chile relleno didn’t interfere with the crunchiness. From the meat to the lettuce, to the cheese, this taco was exploding with a wonderful combination of delicious flavors, textures and spices. I asked if I could use the extra cheese, lettuce and meat that fell out to scoop onto my chips, as I love to use my chips and salsa to enjoy every little extra morsel of food. This was a wonderful and fabulous entree. The taste was just as big as the taco was full. Now for the big, thick, overflowing with melted cheese chile relleno. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of eating a chile relleno, here is the best description (and this description comes from the smallest bite she actually shared with me). It’s a slightly spicy chile stuffed with Mexican cheese, breaded and fried to a golden brown, then covered in more cheese and a rich, savory red sauce. It was over the top, fabulous and I do mean fabulous. My very small bite had a mixture of delicious flavor and melted in my mouth.  

Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant offers delicious, authentic Mexican food for dine-in or take out; Sunday champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (1/2 price margaritas, micheladas, bloody Marys); lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; flaming margarita and choice of items #1- #12 combo for $20 all day Friday and Saturday; happy hour from 3-7:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 3-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday with great drink and appetizer specials; Monday–Thursday fajitas for one and three-item combo special; 20% senior discount Wednesdays;  full bar with the best margaritas in town; live Mariachi music from 7-10 p.m. Fridays; live sports, karaoke (call for schedule), dancing and fast, friendly service. 

Catering, banquets (semi-private room seats up to 50 guests) and party trays to go are available. Medrano’s in Palmdale is located at the Antelope Valley Mall’s restaurant row, 1173 W. Rancho Vista Blvd., 661-224-1143. 

View the complete menu at www.medranosmexicanfood.com

Bon appetit!

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