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Friday, August 13, 2010

Eat Brooklyn: Grand Morelos

If you live around the Grand or Graham L train stops than there's a good chance you're quite familiar with Grand Morelos. It's a 24 hour diner and bakery on Grand and Graham that specializes in authentic Mexican fare. It's pretty roomy and if you can't get a table you can always pull up a stool and sit at the rather long counter. 

The food at Grand Morelos can be broken up into three categories: Mexican, diner and bakery. The menu has something for everyone with food ranging from tacos to turkey clubs to eggs and potatoes. The Mexican food at Grand Morelos is some of the best in the neighborhood. They have authentic Mexican choices like barbacoa, beef tongue, tinga de pollo, chorizo, al pastor and more. These can be applied to just about anything you like be it tacos, burritos and tostadas. Al pastor tacos, chorizo burritos, etc.

But the best bang for your buck are the tortas, in particular the tinga (stewed chicken) tortas. The tortas at Morelos come on an amazing homemade roll with pickled jalapeños, delicious Mexican white cheese and veggies. Ask for them to add some guacamole and bring a side of their famous green sauce and you'll be in heaven. If you want something to wash it down order a michelada (beer and lime cocktail, very popular in Mexico), which is not 

on the menu but they'll make it if you ask. 

The diner menu, which consists of exactly what you would expect - club sandwiches, burgers, gyros, salads, etc. is decent but not at all exceptional. I generally order the Oriental chicken sandwich, which is a real chicken breast grilled and topped with sautéed peppers. It's a pretty huge sandwich so be hungry. 

When all is said and done the number one reason I stop by Grand Morelos is their breakfast. For about $4-$5 (I order the same thing every time but never pay the same price) I get the breakfast platter which includes 2 eggs, home fries and toast, plus I get a coffee as well (which they refill as many times as you want). You can get similar deals in the neighborhood (Grand Street Grill, Triple Rose's, etc.) but what you don't get is a side of that delicious green sauce which makes everything taste better. If you like it sweet I have a friend who swears the banana pancakes at Morelos are to die for.

The often overlooked bakery section of Grand Morelos is also something to try. We stop in and pick up torta rolls on occasion and the result is the best damn sandwich you've ever made at home - you could put a shoe between that bread and it would taste good. We've sampled the other pastries and everything has been pretty awesome and for the price you can't beat it. 

If you're in Williamsburg and looking for something to eat, especially after or during a night of boozin', then swing by Grand Morelos. It's not the best food you'll ever eat but it's damn good and it's just a cool little spot to hang and enjoy some cheap, delicious food.

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