Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Benji's Cantina Opens for Sunday Brunch Service - Austin, Texas
Benji’s Cantina, quickly being known for its fresh, exceptional take on Tex-Mex cuisine and its unparalleled rooftop dining space overlooking downtown Austin, is opening for Sunday brunch service. Beginning Sept. 8, Benji’s will serve up Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring an ample menu of tried-and-true brunch dishes with a Benji’s twist, as well as some Benji’s originals guaranteed to become Austin brunch classics.
Brunchers can start their Sunday morning right with Benji’s sangria and horchata pitcher specials, and follow it up with a variety of sweet and savory small plate brunch specials ($10 per plate, $25 for three plates per person). Signature brunch specials include Biscuits and Gravy, two made-from-scratch jalapeño and cheddar biscuits smothered in Benji’s homemade chorizo gravy; the delectable Sopapilla French Toast, a Southern-style French toast casserole stuffed with cream cheese filling and topped with a Mezcal-berry compote; and Benji’s take on Chicken and Waffles, a dish of crispy buttermilk fried chicken thigh atop a jalapeño and cheddar waffle with a side of arbol maple syrup.
Other Benji’s brunch specialties include Sopa de Pazole, tender pork and Rancho Gordo hominy in a Gaujillo chili broth, served with shredded cabbage, radishes, cilantro and lime; Oyster en la Concha, eight oysters served on the half shell with a spicy Yucatan-style cocktail sauce, Atomic Horseradish, lemon and lime; Fried Green Tomato and Lump Crab Benedict, a Southern favorite done Benji’s-style with a crispy fried green tomato and wilted spinach topped with a perfectly poached egg and Jonah Crab meat, and finished with a cilantro hollandaise sauce; and Shrimp and Grits, seasoned, grilled Gulf jumbo shrimp served with creamy Texas local cheddar grits and a chorizo broth.
Rounding out Benji’s generous brunch menu are classics in the making such as Citrus Jicama Salad with Jalapeño Basil Shrimp; Coctel de Camarones; Pork Adobado Benedict; King Ranch Casserole; Migas; Potato Hash, Carnitas and Fried Eggs; Fajitas and Eggs; Chicken Enchiladas with Fried Egg; Apple Fritters; One-Eyed Bandits; Smoked Salmon and, of course, build-your-own tacos. Also available are Benji’s celebrated family-style fajitas by the pound.
Benji’s Tex-Mex inspired menu has placed an emphasis on fresh high-quality products and incorporates fine ingredients such as Rancho Gordo beans out of Napa and sources local goods from Johnson’s Backyard Garden and John Lash’s Farm To Table to produce time-honored dishes with a modern twist.
Benji’s Cantina is located at 716 W. Sixth St., in downtown Austin. Benji’s is open for dinner service from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Beginning Sept. 8, Benji’s will offer Sunday brunch service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.BenjisCantina.com.
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