My friend Mary Jo and I are developing a breakfast club and have been eating the morning meal at places around town. By club I mean a nice excuse to get together and nosh.
On Thursday we went to Fonda la Hermanita, a tiny spot located in the back of The Coronet (which recently moved into the old Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant.)
We had a little trouble finding the entry; signage was limited, but we persisted to find a cozy eatery that is only open from 8 am – 2 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. Diner hours really, but this is no diner, no way.
We ate the one cafe table inside – it was a tad chilly out – but the cozy, secluded patio soon filled up with a mix of people.
Chef Erika Bostick and owner Sally Kane have created a menu that in spite of being really small still offers big tastes. I had the corn gorditas and Mary Jo went with the molletes, toasted bollilo bread topped with your choice of items: scrambled eggs, chicken, hibiscus flowers or a combination of the two of those items. A black bean spread and pickled onions are also a part of the mix.
The gorditas have melted Oaxacan cheese inside; the molletos have queso fresco. And while there is a whole slate of coffee options, we stuck with simple brewed coffee, which was done well. Sides come with the platos – frijoles charro (in this case black beans, frijoles refrito, ensalata, fruit salad or rice. I did the charro beans which were dark and savory.
My gorditas were like tiny corn cakes, but they held up nicely even with all the goodies stuffed inside. The cheese was especially tasty.
MJ loved her molletos, as well.
You’ll also find greens, a fancy toast, a caldo de pollo. (Next time for sure.)
Truly a different approach to Mexican breakfast/brunch.