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Brunch at Malo: Salud y Vamos a comer!

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Mimosas? Yawn. Tame Bloody Marys? Snore. Hollandaise, bagels, plain pancakes? Snooze.

For brunchers who venture to Silver Lake for weekend eats, however, Malo just might be the slumbering giant that gives your morning--or morning after, we don't judge--the jolt you're looking for. Thanks to a vibrant cocktail list and the bold flavors of their breakfast dishes, this Tequila and Taco spot has a fun, boozy brunch worth checking out.

Cocktails really steal the show here, as we discovered when Malo brought us in to show off their stuff, thanks to the work of bar manager Rhachel Shaw and the restaurant's tequila and cocktail program. Beloved Malo specialties, like the Medicina Latina (El Jimador Reposado, fresh ginger, agave nectar & lime with a Mezcal mist) and the Spicy Cucumber Margarita (Milagro Silver, cucumber, Tapatio, fresh lime & agave nectar) will revive you from your slumber, as will their Malo Café (Grand Centenario Añejo, Kahlua, dark crème de cacao & coffee, topped with whipped cream).

Perfect for sipping at leisure on a sunny day on the Malo patio, and pairing with the savory brunch dishes, are cocktails like the eye-opening Bloody Maria (Herradura Silver tequila & Diablo Sauce from the kitchen), the sweeter La Diabla (Milagro Silver, fresh ginger, agave nectar & lime with a splash, of Chambord), and the refreshing La Paloma Fizz (El Jimador Reposado, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice & grapefruit bitters, topped with Jarritos Grapefruit Soda). Other seasonal cocktails aren't specifically on the brunch menu, but can be served up by request, too.

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Oh, you want to eat something to soak up all that Tequila? No problemo.

From a brunch menu that is surprisingly light on the red meat, and also incredibly friendly for veggies and vegans, one favorite is the Egg Tostadas (green onion, tomato & cheese, scrambled eggs with black beans, tortillas & Oaxacan sauce) thanks to the soft, pillowy folds of eggs balanced with the spice of the sauce. Also worth checking out are the Chilaquiles, since this is like a brunch-time answer to nachos that, depending on the company you're keeping, you could eat with your hands. Vegans will want to wrap their hands around the Vegan Breakfast Burrito, plumped with tofu, potatoes, spinach, pinto beans, mushrooms, avocado, pico de gallo.

If you can remember it, after all the cocktails you may wind up swilling, save room for dessert. Malo's flan, bread pudding, and Tres Leches cake are all not-too-sugary and, the cake in particular, have crave-worthy flavors and textures that will end your brunch on a sweet note.

Brunch and afternoon tacos are served at Malo Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m.