A brunch-time budget-seeker’s jackpot:
Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm at Urban Mo’s
All you can eat brunch & all you can drink mimosas– $19.95
Bottomless mimosas only — $9.95
Okay, brunch isn’t quite the same thing as happy hour, but a bargain is a bargain.
This weekend, Mrs. Thirsty and I were entertaining some company from out of town, and we wanted to do something quintessentialy San Diego, or more specifically, Hillcrest. So, at the behest of another thirsty friend (let’s call him Mr. Cottonmouth), we went to Urban Mo’s on University in Hillcrest. Their Champaign brunch is one of Hillcrest’s best kept secrets, so claims Mr. Cottonmouth. Although judging by the sheer number of people pushing through the doors by 11 a.m., I’m hesitant to say it’s a secret at all.
Here’s the tasty deal, for $19.95 you get bottomless mimosas and all-you-can-eat breakfast/brunch. And it’s worth every penny.
Not only are the mimosas bottomless, they’re made with Salmon Creek Champaign (not a bad brand considering it’s all-you-can-drink) and splashed with an afterthought of OJ. Purely for color, one supposes.
The all-you-can-eat buffet includes delectable french toast, omelets made to order, eggs Benedict, corn beef and hash, biscuits and gravy, and a whole table devoted to deserts. I was so enthusiastic about the eggs Benedict and the chicken fingers (both fried and barbequed) that I ate too much too fast and suffered an acute attack of the food-dizzies. Fortunately, the kindly Champaign lady was never far off, and I was able to stabilize myself with a few more mimosas. Crisis averted.
Caveat: if you have issues with self-control and gorging yourself at buffets like I do, consider consulting a trustworthy friend and coming up with a “safe word” which will, if need be, serve as a cue to you to stop eating. (Note: Rapscallion, cockamamy, and portmanteau are all fine safe words.)
Our group of 6 felt about perfect for a small Sunday morning shindig. Two people would probably have fun at this brunch, but with the lively outdoor setting and loud-ish (but well-chosen) music, this is the kind of place where more is merrier. We got there relatively early and stayed until 2 p.m.–when the unwelcome bottoms of our mimosas finally emerged.
Bottom line: if you haven’t checked out the Sunday champaign brunch at Urban Mo’s, then clear your calendar, blow off your Sunday chores, and make a deal with your maker to get out of church, because this brunch is a MUST…especially if you live within walking distance, or otherwise aren’t planning on driving afterward. Otherwise prepare for a bumpy ride.
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