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   BRUNCH AT THE DOUBLE EAGLE - OLD MESILLA
 
 
 
2012 - Summer Issue
¡Comidas Sabrosas!
Brunch on the Border
 
Article: Jessica Muncrief
Photos: Bill Faulkner
             Marty Snortum Studio
 
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For the ultimate in brunch dining experiences, there is one restaurant in the Las Cruces area that truly delivers everything you desire. Delectable cuisine, first class service and historical ambiance have always been top priorities at Double Eagle Restaurant, no matter what time of day you visit. Aptly known as "the crown jewel of historic Old Mesilla," Double Eagle has been well known for years as a local hot spot for fine dining. Artfully aged steaks, a nationally recognized wine selection and award winning margaritas are staples of this restaurant that have been impressing residents and travelers alike for many years. If you have had the pleasure of trying their Sunday brunch, you know that it is just as noteworthy. The spectacular buffet with all the favorites would be enough to write home about, but couple it with a fantastic atmosphere and the possibility of an otherworldly encounter, and brunch at Double Eagle is more than a meal, it's an experience.

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Double Eagle Restaurant
2355 Calle de Guadalupe
Mesilla, NM 88046
575-523-6700
double-eagle-mesilla.com
The lush, elegant interiors of Double Eagle Restaurant have been exciting guests for decades. The hacienda-style building is over 150 years old. It was a private residence up until the 1970s, but even as a restaurant the authentic, historical feeling has been preserved. The lavish design is reminiscent of the ornate Victorian, turn-of-the-century decor. Heavy drapes, detailed candelabras, velvet chairs and grand oil paintings in gilded frames form the basis of the atmosphere, but it is the antique touches that truly create an authentic setting. The cast iron gates at the front entrance date back to the post-Civil War era and the French lights in the bar area are from the 1890s. The main dining area, the Maximilian Room, has French baccarat chandeliers with hand-cut crystals and opulent gold leafed mirrors. And, if you really want to be impressed, just look up at the solid gold, hand-gilded ceiling! A major restoration was completed on the building in 1984, but they kept the traditional, Spanish layout so all the rooms surround a fantastic courtyard that is resplendent with foliage and fountains.

The coups de grâce of this historical ambience, however, are a couple of supernatural residents. Over the years, staff and guests have had numerous encounters with two ghosts. Young lovers Armando and Inez were both murdered in the Carlotta Salon in the mid-1800s and their spirits are believed to still haunt the property. Don't worry, these ghosts have proven themselves to be friendly, making there presence known through the wear shown on velvet chairs that are never used and harmless pranks like broken glasses and moved tables. Whether you believe in the afterlife or not, there is certainly an eerie, otherworldly feeling to the restaurant that most guests don't fail to notice. If you really want to experience it, reserve the Carlotta Salon or "ghost room" when you make your brunch or dinner reservations.

The brunch buffet is served in a light and airy space just adjacent to the Maximilian Room. Thankfully, it is all-you-can-eat because you will surely want to make multiple trips. You might start with a sampling of the extensive array of fruits, cheeses and salads followed by a chilled shrimp cocktail or champagne poached salmon with capers and horseradish. Breakfast dishes include a wide range of classics like buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, hickory bacon, oven roasted potatoes and sausage links. Naturally, no brunch is complete without some eggs Benedict, and the Double Eagle poaches theirs to fluffy perfection. A chef is also ready and waiting to cook up your favorite concoctions at the omelet bar. If you crave a sweeter breakfast, go for a delicate cheese blintz or crepe Suzette. You can also get freshly made waffles. With whipped cream and a little fruit, they are perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Save room for lunch because you can't go home without trying some of the delectable choices on Double Eagle's buffet. The selection of entrees and side dishes changes weekly, but you can expect dishes such as southwestern favorites like green cheese enchiladas and pork tamales alongside eclectic dishes such as crispy chicken breast in a white wine cream sauce, tempura beef in sweet and sour sauce, and a steamship roast. An array of savory side dishes like rice pilaf, sweet potatoes, seasoned vegetables and fresh rolls round out your meal nicely.

Despite all the enticing options, the first thing you are sure to notice when you walk into the buffet room is the resplendent display of desserts. A table literally spanning half the room has an array of sugary and chocolaty creations that are sure to please any sweet tooth. Everything from carrot cake and cheesecake to brownies, pies and cobblers are yours for the taking, and you can take as many as you please. Kids of all ages will certainly enjoy the chocolate fountain in which you can dip everything from marshmallows to fresh strawberries and maraschino cherries.

The excellent service that Double Eagle is known for doesn't stop just because you are eating buffet style. The attentive brunch servers are always on hand to meet your needs and refill your drinks, such as the fresh mimosas that are included in the price.

For a leisurely brunch in a setting that speaks to the elegance of another time, Double Eagle is the place to be on Sundays. You will be sure to get the same fantastic service you would expect at dinner and you can taste a generous sampling from the kitchen of this famed restaurant. Who knows, you might even meet a ghost or two! ///
 
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