By Lynette Carrington

At first glance, the stately building north of 7th Street and Osborn Road in Phoenix may appear to be a church. That would be partially correct.

Taco Guild is housed in a deconsecrated Methodist church that dates back 125 years and boasts an angelic weekend brunch featuring many locally-sourced food items.

The building is as welcoming as you might expect, with soaring stained-glass windows, a towering ornate-carved wood bar and a strategic smattering of religiously themed décor. The ambiance sets the stage for the meal.

Taco Guild has now emerged as a wildly popular dining destination serving craft beer, tequila, unique cocktails and Mexican fare with fresh twists. The new brunch menu at Taco Guild provides a wide variety of options that will dazzle your taste buds, and if you’re looking for something truly different for a brunch experience, your culinary prayers will be answered.

Here are the new items on the weekend brunch menu:

Taco Guild 2 Eggs Plate – Two eggs any style, protein of your choice (carnitas, chicken tinga, coffee Beef, chorizo link or jalapeño bacon), papas bravas, tortillas, chopped tomato and cilantro

Fried Tamale Cubano Egg Benedict – Slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, Dijon sauce drizzled over fried corn tamale with chile and cheese, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce and served with papas bravas

Cherry Steak Breakfast Skillet Casserole – Four egg casserole with mixed peppers, onions, mushrooms, cherry steak, gorgonzola, chipotle aïoli, poblano straws and served with papas bravas

Lobster Avocado Toast – Housemade bread topped with avocado spread with cotija and red pepper flakes, sautéed lobster meat with white wine and habanero butter topped with two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and served with papas bravas. Or, make it a Benedict with sherry jalapeño hollandaise for an additional charge.

Huevos con Papas – Papas bravas, choice of chorizo, coffee beef or chicken tinga, with peppers, onions, two eggs your way, served with borracho beans, cotija cheese, and housemade tortillas

Huevos Rancheros – Borracho beans, two housemade corn tortillas, pork carnitas, salsa verde, two eggs your way, chipotle cilantro sour cream, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and avocado and served with papas bravas

Coconut French Toast – Tres leches custard, cinnamon, cardamom, torta bread, toasted coconut, mango, strawberries, honey, cinnamon butter, tequila syrup and a house-made sausage patty

Guild Breakfast Enchilada – Choice of chicken, beef or vegetable enchilada, salsa verde or red sauce, borracho beans, Oaxaca cheese, two eggs your way and garnished with cotija, avocado sauce, sour cream and pico de gallo

Avocado Breakfast Nacho – Avocado fries, borracho beans, cilantro sour cream, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and a poached egg. Or, add chorizo, carnitas, coffee beef or chicken tinga for an additional charge.

A couple of suggested cocktails for brunch include the Churro Machiatto made with Nola Coffee, house horchata, churro spice and vanilla topped with a floating cookie. The Garden of Eden is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink that includes snap pea, ginger, mint, lemon and habanero.

In addition to its new brunch, Taco Guild offers lunch, dinner and a daily happy hour with a special menu that is available 3 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. Among some of its “don’t miss” menu items are the chipotle cherry steak tacos, diablo eggs, grilled fruits and the mango flan cheesecake.

Brunch is served at Taco Guild 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Your brunch may be so special, you might even consider it a religious experience!

Taco Guild is located at 546 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix. For more information visit www.tacoguild.com.