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Meal Mary: A Meaty Cocktail Tribute to The McNuggetini

(Photo courtesy of El Cid)
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Silverlake's El Cid has been home to fabulous flamenco shows and one of the city's wildest polysexual dance parties (A Club Called Rhonda), but it's never been known for its food. The real estate is great, and there's a sprawling patio, but the space just hasn't pumped out fare that'd make Spaniards proud.

The team behind El Cid is hoping to change that in the coming months, and has hired a few new guns, including GM Laura Ann Masura of Laura Ann's Jams and former Ammo chef BJ Munoz. The menu revamp will start this weekend, beginning with the launch of the restaurant's new Sunday brunch menu. Flamenco will stay at El Cid, but they'll be rolling out an updated tapas menu that's more "California inspired."

For the Sunday brunches, which launch this weekend, El Cid will be bringing in breakfast fare that's not totally unfamiar to the area like french toast, omelets, and granola. There are a few unique twists, like the use of local artisanal purveyors like Grace and I and Laura's Ann's Jams, but the real show stopper are their new "meal marys," which are essentially a meal in a glass. And we're not talking Muscle Milk.

Perhaps in a tribute to the great McNuggetini created by locals Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, El Cid's meal marys ($15/pint) include everything form manchego cheese to steak. Here's a peek at the menu:

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Breakfast Mary - bacon strips, boiled egg, and potatoes
Spanish Mary - manchego cheese, Serrano ham, spanish olives, Spanish pimento peppers
Mexi-Mary - premium agave tequila topped with pico de gallo, a jalapeno, chips and a 7 oz .Coronita on the side
Surfin’ & Turfin’ Mary - sliced steak served with shrimp and a dash of A1

We haven't yet tried these concoctions, but they do sounds slightly more appetizing than a ham daiquiri.