Photography by Kathy Tran.
A brunch at José is just as colorful and vibrant as the golden booth cushions lining the restaurant’s interior.
In the huevos rancheros, sunny side up eggs are topped with chorizo, black beans and fresh avocado. Steak and eggs could be heavy, but José freshens up the dish with bell peppers, kale and tomatillo sauce.
It’s not just the food that makes a brunch at the restaurant on Lovers Lane and upbeat. It’s the loud music, too. Sometimes it’s Luis Miguel. Sometimes it’s Latin indie. And it’s the guests. They often come in larger groups, looking to reunite after a year of lockdowns, looking to celebrate postponed remembrances of birthdays and anniversaries.
“We’re pretty lively and loud and fun all the time,” says chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman.