Over the weekend I finally made it to Nada. Saturday was my brother’s girlfriend’s birthday, so we all met up on Sunday for lunch.
Actually I should say brunch, as that is what is served during Sunday morning and afternoon at Nada. They have a special brunch menu that is only available at this time. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of brunch. I don’t like eggs, and that seems to be what the majority of brunch items tend to be.
Fortunately their guacamole is still available during brunch, so we started with a bowl of it ($7). Their version of guac is very good, and the chips are equally great. We were also given a couple bowls of ancho chile salsa, which are listed as $2 on the menu, but perhaps they are thrown in when ordering the guacamole? I don’t recall anyone actually ordering them, but maybe we were charged for them anyway. The salsa isn’t very chunky, but it packs a decent spice punch. If I had to pick one, I would stick with the guacamole.
Another bonus to their brunch menu is a special area for drinks, in addition to the regular drink menu. I decided to try the bloody Maria – house made mix, el Jimador tequila, and Cholula ($7). As similar as this was to a traditional bloody Mary, the tequila added an interesting citrus flavor to the drink. I think I actually would now prefer this version to the standard bloody Mary.
My brother, a Nada regular, also decided that I needed to try the Mexican mac ‘n cheese – fresh cheeses, jalapeño, and roasted poblano ($6). This appetizer was extremely creamy, and had the right amount of spice to compliment the cheese flavors. It doesn’t share as well as the guacamole for a large party, but we managed to have enough for the six people at our table to sample a bit.
brunch lunch I went with the grilled chicken tacos – marinated chicken, black bean purée, pico de gallo, chihuahua cheese, and guacamole ($11). I wasn’t sure how many tacos I was getting for the price, and when only two arrived I have to admit I was disappointed. While it is true that they came packed with meat, I still feel that the cost is a bit high. With that said the flavor is really good, the chicken is moist and tasty, and you can’t argue with more of their guac.
Others at the table had the pork green chili burrito ($12), the fish tacos ($12), and the crispy pork belly tacos ($11). I guess at 11:30 only my wife was interested in eating brunch. Her pork green chili burrito combined an egg and potato filled burrito with braised pork in a green chili sauce. The fish tacos are South African hake which is fried “baja style” and served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and fresh cabbage. My brother did have a fried egg added to his crispy pork belly tacos, to sort of brunch up the dish.
Overall, I would say the food was very good, but I felt the price was a little high. I’ve always heard that Nada served great food, but it is more of a place to see and be seen. I would tend to agree that the food and it’s presentation are very trendy, not that it’s a bad thing. I would definitely go back for more, but I think I’ll stick to lunch or dinner on future visits.