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Breakfast with a Mexican twist at new Salsa Fiesta

 

jkleinman@MiamiHerald.com

We’ve all come across the ubiquitous breakfast burrito: that tortilla tube stuffed with mystery meat, sticky cheese and other stuff. But hangover tortilla soup? Crispy, queso-filled taquitos with mango dipping sauce? Mexican waffles made with almond flour and finished with fruit and whipped cream? Enchilada omelets topped with tomatillo verde?

Weekend brunch is the latest twist in the Mexican fast-food wars at the newly opened Salsa Fiesta in Aventura, which joins locations in Pembroke Pines and Miami.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Salsa Fiesta cooks up breakfast with Mexican flair. Egg dishes include a scramble with onions, tomatoes and cilantro as well as huevos rancheros. A soft tortilla wrapped in foil makes for a nice companion to sop up the two sunny side-ups atop crispy tortillas spread with black beans and salsa. For the more diet-conscious, the Molcajete Slim Fit (low-fat yogurt) is topped with berries and granola.

And, yes, a breakfast burrito is on the menu. This version, with a whole-wheat tortilla available, is stuffed with beans, melted jack and crushed chile salsa.

Brunch to go is packed in sturdy cardboard boxes that flip open at the top. The counter staff throws in plenty of napkins and plastic forks, and reminds customers to hit the sauce bar for green and red salsa and lime wedges.

As with any takeout, make sure everything is packed before heading out. Despite the verbal assurance, our enchilada omelet never made it into the bag.

The best part about brunch at Salsa Fiesta? The Levanta Muerta — hangover tortilla soup. You needn’t have had a raucous night on the town to enjoy its curative powers. The warm and mild soup, studded with cheese and tomatoes, is perfect for breakfast — with a fried egg floating on top.

Salsa Fiesta, 18167 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura (also 14914 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; 2929 Biscayne Blvd., Miami); 305-931-7401, salsafiestagrill.com; tortilla soup $3.99, huevos rancheros $4.99, Mexican scramble $4.99, enchilada omelet $4.99, yogurt $4.99, Mexican waffle $4.99, egg burrito $4.99.

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