Despite being one of my closest neighborhood bars, Wonderland is usually low on my list as it is frequently overrun with people from outside of the neighborhood. Â Too popular for me to consider it a “neighborhood bar,” Â I typically default to Red Derby or Wonderland’s sister bar,Â Looking Glass. On a visit months ago I noticed that their menu had been revamped, however, and their newÂ brunch menu was intriguing.
Three months later, and here we are on a perfect summer day, and because of the Caribbean Festival happening blocks away Wonderland has reverted itself back to the neighborhood bar I always hoped it would be. Arriving just before 1PM, we plopped ourselves at a picnic table on the patio and settled in, immediately ordering mimosas. Â They were served in standard beer glasses, and a deal at $12 for bottomless.
Wonderland has your typical dive standard breakfast/brunch fare, but also has a lot of skillet dishes with different varieties of meat, potatoes, and eggs. I nervously ordered the Huevos Rancheros which I am on a perpetual quest to find done well. Caryn, nervous about the carbs that her typical french toast pick would pack, ordered a Grand Slam-esque Â egg/bacon/pancake combo instead (which makes a lot of sense). Both were surprisingly satisfying.
The huevos rancheros had refried beans, perfectly cooked eggs and big slices of avocado. I asked for sour cream on the side which wasn’t a problem. The potatoes were a sufficient side, but nothing special. Overall I was impressed, I love huevos rancheros and believe that while there are a number of different ways that they can be deliciously prepared there are twice as many to completely screw them up. Wonderland definitely did not screw these up.
The mimosas were good and tasted modestly strong, they were a little slow on the refill but we still had our fair share. They stop serving the mimosas at 4PM, and they “ran out” just before that time. In the end, our three hours spent on Wonderland’s patio were exactly what we hoped for. It wasn’t too crowded, or hot and we never felt rushed as we sucked the last drops from our mimosas.