I am always on the hunt for new places to eat and drink. Because I’m so invested in these vibes that I’m constantly mentioning, I get really excited when I find modern restaurants with great interior design and an upbeat atmosphere. Its not just the food thats important, I need to feel comfortable while I’m dining. Scrolling through instagram I came across a location I had never heard of, Mexicue. Now I reside in the Hartford area and this spot was all the way down in Stamford which is a 1.5 hour drive sans traffic. But based off the vibes I got from the photos and website I just knew I had to visit!
Mexicue is a lively restaurant inspired by Mexican tradition and down south culture. It started out as a food truck in NYC and has expanded to four locations. The staff is super pleasant (shout out to our waitress Melissa and the management staff Lynn and Annie who made my friends and I feel so at home) and the place is just gorgeous. The Stamford location is set right at Harbor Point with large floor to ceiling windows that give you a great view of the dock and an endless supply of sun if the weather is good. Even the about section of the website matches the vibe I’m seeking when choosing where to dine: “Just good music. Strong, quality drinks. Shareable, mouth-watering food. That’s all the ingredients you need for the perfect neighborhood escape.” Mexicue definitely lived up to this expectation.
I went with three friends for Sunday brunch. Keep reading to get a peek at everything we ordered and devoured!
Pictured is the Seasonal Fruit Margarita. Chipotle Pineapple steals the show on the cocktail making it a fresh and spicy refresher.
There were so many other great cocktails on the menu but some of us opted for classic mimosas since we were ordering lots of bites from the menu. The mimosas had the perfect proportion of champagne and OJ and were honestly strong (the way I like them). The next time I’m at Mexicue I’ll definitely be trying the Grapefruit Paloma which looks so amazing on the restaurant’s instagram account!
We kept our appetizer light with a round of chips and guac. The guacamole had the perfect hint of heat which is always nice. The chips were something else! Very thick but somehow still airy at the same time. They didn’t crush and crumble when it was time to grab some guac but they had the perfect crunch once we were ready to taste! The bartender Nicole explained to us that the chips are special ordered and a very popular menu item!
There was sooo much to try. The menu is primarily a la carte tacos, sliders and burritos which are ordered individually. There was also a brunch menu with lots of great offerings.
At the table we also had a ton of sliders, tacos and burritos. Some of the favs were the Bacon Egg and Cheese slider from the brunch menu and the Chicken Avocado taco from the main menu.
I ordered the Cornbread French Toast which is exactly what it sounds like! Thick and sweet cornbread cooked with cinnamon on the outside. Topped with thick and fluffy whipped cream and the seasonal fruit chipotle pineapple. This dish was very hearty and I was actually able to share it with a friend.
Of course we couldn’t leave without having dessert. The four of us shared Mexicue’s Churros Nachos which were the thick chips covered in chocolate sauce, caramel, cinnamon and sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and fresh mint. This was an interesting take on the classic dessert and something I’ll probably try to recreate at home on a hot summer day!
While the food was delicious I seriously was most impressed with the atmosphere. There was a really good playlist going at a modest volume and the weather was simply perfect on Harbor Point.
Check out these installations in the ceiling and the light fixtures!
Full bar on the main floor.
Annie and Lynn were nice enough to give us a tour of the rooftop bar and patio which they explain gets very busy on great weather days. It was stunning! I loved these paper lamps and all of the greenery!
Full bar on the rooftop.
Patio over looking Stamford’s Harbor Point. Melissa told us there’s a water taxi in the summer season that can take you across to check out the restaurants and bars on the other side of the harbor!
I truly enjoyed my visit to Mexicue! Between the food and the atmosphere it was worth the drive. There’s a new train service coming to Hartford this summer so as soon as that is up and running I’ll definitely be back at Mexicue to take advantage of the beautiful patio, try more menu items and indulge in more cocktails!