The Painted Burro is a unique Mexican restaurant located in Davis Square area of Somerville. It is the sister restaurant to Pizzeria Posto, which is nearby. They did a fantastic job at remodeling and merging the old Gargoyles space with the old Spike’s Hotdogs space; it’s much brighter and feels more open now.
The chairs and tables appear to be made of reclaimed old window shutters or wood. They look and feel rustic, cozy, and funky while still remaining classy. I really like the fading teal snd milk paint that is on them. The ambiance seems inspired by Dia de los Muertos and other Latin elements.
The Painted Burro “features an exciting seasonal menu that highlights the diverse cuisines of Latin America.” Basically they take classic Latin dishes and give them a modern twist. They also have an extensive list of over 100 craft tequilas and delicious cocktail menu. Our waiter was pleasant and prompt. When we made our special requests, the general manager was sweet and accommodated us without any issues after confirming with the kitchen.
“Cholo” Corn Cob $6- garlic mojo mayo, cotija cheese, cayenne
This item isn’t offered on their brunch menu. The kitchen was very accomodating and was willing to make it for us. We were curious how well the Mexican street corn would be and it measured up. It was very good and it was still memorable, because I’d like some now while I write this. The tangy cheese combined with the creamy garlic mayo was great with the sweet grilled corn.
Crabcake Benedict $16- 2 poached eggs, Maine crab, refried beans, home-style English muffins, smoked-chile Hollandaise, home fries
Althought this is a classic brunch dish with a twist, it was delicious. I found the crab cake to have plenty of crab and very little filler, just some bell peppers and breadcrumbs. The eggs were nicely poached so you could use the bread to soak up the runny gooey yolks. I do wish they took the time to toast the English muffins. I like warmed bread.
El Montanero “Superbeasto” $13- 2 fried eggs, chorizo con papas, pork charro beans, chicarron, fried plaintain, burro rice, chipotle mayo, baja cream, crispy tortilla
This dish was good overall, but it could’ve been great with a little more care to make sure the fried or roasted elements were crispy. I liked the chicarron but I wanted their to more of it. This was definitely a high protein and carb dish that is perfect if you’re a big eater or need a hangover breakfast meal.
Tres Leches cake $5- dense yellow sponge cake, condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, rum
Dessert, as always, was my absolute favorite. It was worth all the extra sweetness. The strawberry garnish was cute and was refreshing combined with the cake but honestly the Tres Leches cake didn’t need it. The whipped cream is home made and if there was extra added, we wouldn’t say no. The cake and the corn were probably the best part of my whole brunch. This was also another item that isn’t on the brunch menu that we requested.
That was my first visit to The Painted Burro and I’m sad I didn’t try it before. Many friends have urged me to try it out and I’m glad I did. The menu is fun, the food is good, and the drink menu is great. I’d like to come back to have drinks and dinner one night to take advantage of the seating near the open windows.
The Painted Burro
219 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144