Food The I Can’t Believe It’s Not Breakfast Burrito.

The I Can’t Believe It’s Not Breakfast Burrito.

A laid-back brunch at Tacopocalypse

Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Laura Billingsley

There isn’t really a standard brunch patron at Tacopocalypse. From the table of tattooed hipsters to the older couple enjoying waffles with their grandson, it seems everyone values an unpretentious brunch that delivers on taste.

Located in the East Village, Tacopocalypse offers a special menu for “Brunchpocalypse,” 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Anticipating a crowd, my dining partner and I showed up right as they opened. A few diners quickly joined us, but there were seats available in the small restaurant until about 11:30, when it really started to get busy.

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Prominently displayed on a chalkboard, the Brunchpocalypse menu included waffle dishes, a burrito, breakfast banh mi, vegan tofu scramble and breakfast nachos, as well as tacos, sides and desserts. There’s also an always-changing W.O.W. (Waffle of the Week). Diners order at the counter and take a seat, and the food comes out quickly from the kitchen.

I tried the ICBINBB (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Breakfast Burrito, $8). Large and filling, the burrito arrived smothered in sausage gravy. The flour tortilla was stuffed with scrambled eggs, bits of fried potato, bacon chorizo and cheese. It was just the tiniest bit spicy, and the thick sausage gravy added an extra dose of flavor.

My dining partner ordered the Korean chicken and waffle ($10), a unique take on a classic dish. The house-made waffle tasted a little sweet, and it was topped with Korean-spiced chicken and a spicy red-cabbage slaw. A unagi sauce added more sweetness — a nice contrast to the savory chicken and crunchy slaw.

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Coffee and orange juice are both $2, and alcoholic beverages are B.Y.O.B. The coffee is nothing fancy — it reminded me of instant. If you’re in the mood for dessert, Tacopocalypse offers homemade push pops and ice cream for $2 each.

Brunch at Tacopocalypse is a great opportunity to spread out your newspaper and enjoy a burrito or a plate of waffles. It’s hearty food, designed to fill you up while also delivering a wide range of flavors. There’s no need to dress up or make a reservation — just step up to the counter and choose from the list of Mexican and Asian-inspired breakfast fare.


Find it: 621 Des Moines St.

Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for Sunday brunch.

Info: 515-556-0571,

About the Author

Laura is contributor to Juice Magazine.

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