Downey finally has a Farmer's Market and it's located next to a great restaurant with really delicious Huevos Rancheros. Shopping for fresh food and eating a delicious meal, two of my favorite things!
The Downey's Farmer's Market has actually been around since 2008, but it has grown so much that it was moved to Downey Ave. There are so many vendors selling fresh produce, honey, eggs, pastries to name just a few. All the products are from local farms and people.
My mom and I always enjoy Saturday mornings to ourselves while my dad goes golfing. It is part of out ritual to go eat breakfast which 90% of the time is Huevos Rancheros. On this beautiful Saturday, we decided to go to our favorite breakfast spot and shop the market.
We ended up buying so much stuff we could barely carry it all! The cherries were so delicious and sweet. We bought farm fresh eggs in so many shades of brown. Farm eggs are way better than store bought and have bright golden yellow egg yolks which are so creamy. Now I want some! We also indulged and bought some cookies. Oops, but they were definitely worth it.
Now lets get to the good stuff! Mambo Grill is located on Downey Ave. and is open during the Farmer's Market. It is a super great place run by the super friendly David Llamas, who always remembers you. He is really welcoming and happy no matter when you come in. They have really good dinner, Sunday Brunch, and Karaoke. If you play Vicente Fernandez, he just might serenade you!
I'm sure most people know about huevos rancheros, but if you haven't, you have seriously been missing out! Huevos rancheros, meaning "rancher's eggs", is a breakfast dish made with 2 fried eggs atop a fried tortilla smothered in a tomato chili sauce. They are usually served with rice, refried beans, and avocado.
A popular and humorous variation is called huevos divorciados, or divorced eggs. It is served the same, but with two eggs and a red and green chili sauce.
I ordered a non spicy or "baby" version and added my own salsa. My mom ordered the mild. Both are very good, though I definitely recommend the mild. You can see the difference as the non spicy is a brighter red from the tomatoes and the mild has chile visible. They are perfect together with a refreshing horchata in the morning.
This is my mom and I's Saturday morning ritual where we can go eat breakfast and talk. It is a special moment for us where we can relax and really enjoy each others company. We may have our hard moments, but we both love each other. This is something I will always remember doing with my mom and I always cherish and look forward to our special Saturday mornings.
If you want to visit the Downey Farmer's Market, the information can be found at this link. Mambo Grill can be found on Facebook and if you go to either places, dont forget to invite me!
11018 Downey Ave, Downey, CA 90241