If you’re looking for a change from your regular brunch spot, head to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood to Mundial. You can find the usual coffee and pancakes but expect touches like Mexican cinnamon in your morning brew and rompope-cajeta (egg nog caramel) sauce for your pancakes.
The best brunch dishes at Mundial, however, are savory. Be adventurous and order a Azteca Casarole — a delicious concoction of huitlacoche (corn smut), squash blossoms, oaxaca cheese, and black beans layers; or Albañiles Encobijados — a scrambled egg dish with black beans, and pasilla sauce and a garnish of pico de gallo and guacamole.
Brunch also include items from the regular dinner menu, which will give you the opportunity to order Ensalada India, or what I like to call the best salad ever. It’s an amazing combination of mesclun, fresh corn, mango, jicama, red peppers, tomatoes, tortilla totopos, and cilantro vinaigrette. I will need to return for a fix soon.
The only down side here was the service. We were there on a slow Sunday with a reservation, but still had problems getting refills or finding the waitress for our check. I’ve read other reviews of this restaurant and it seems to be a perennial problem. If you are in desperate need of caffeine in the morning, I suggest you get a hit before you arrive. Otherwise, go spend a lazy morning at Mundial.Mundial Cocina Mestiza
1640 W 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608