I’m a general food enthusiast, possibly to an obsessive degree.
My rule of thumb is that I’ll try anything once. However, the genre of food that has never (ever ever ever ever) disappointed and consistently delights me is Southwestern.
Eldorado Grill, on Williamson Street (better known as Willie Street), specializes in Southwestern cuisine that caters to both the adventurous foodie as well as the traditional diner.
I had been there for dinner a while back and spotted a brunch menu on my way out, so a Sunday morning visit to Eldorado became an absolute necessity.
First of all, every plate I passed on my way to sit down to brunch looked incredible. I wish I’d gone to brunch with 26 of my closest friends so that I could have tasted a bite of everything.
After much deliberation, I ended up ordering a classic breakfast burrito alongside refried beans and the most killer breakfast potatoes I have ever tasted.
The refried beans were smooth, the breakfast potatoes crisped to perfection.
My breakfast burrito was loaded with chorizo, scrambled eggs, picco de gallo, jack cheese and black beans.
I also added a side of guacamole, because obviously I hadn’t ordered enough food already, and everything becomes better when you add guacamole.
Another notable mention for those 21 and up: the Killer Bloody Mary.
The classic Killer Bloody Mary is garnished with celery and olives, but Eldorado adds a twist by throwing a spicy pepper in the mix as well.
Eldorado makes their own Bloody Mary mix consisting of over 20 ingredients. I get the idea they know what they’re doing.
Also on the menu is the Killer Bloody Maria, which contains a chile-infused tequila that will wake up your taste buds.
For those who aren’t feeling that adventurous at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, no worries: They also have wonderful coffee and non-alcoholic beverages as well.
Apart from the out-of-this-world food, Eldorado provides a fun environment for a weekend brunch.
The place is bustling like crazy, but the servers are super friendly and on the ball.
I loved the Southwestern feel, and loved even more that it encompasses every part of the restaurant’s design.
Don’t let Willie Street scare you, Badgers.
It’s a manageable walk and an even easier bus ride.
Just beyond the Capitol, Willie Street is full of gems, from restaurants, to cafes, to shops. It’s just far enough away that you feel off- campus, but close enough that it makes the leisurely walk on a Sunday morning ideal.
When you’re looking for a satisfying brunch but are tired of the traditional, grab a friend (or 26) and give Eldorado a shot--it is more than worth the walk.
This Southwestern spot just might become your new go-to weekend brunch stop.