Chilaquiles are simple in Mexico, a homey breakfast solution for using up last night’s tortillas. Here, they’ve become a fixture at brunch, only slightly less fancy than eggs Benedict, all dressed up with eggs, avocado, and chicken. Which LA-area restaurants make the best version of this classic morning-after breakfast? Here are eight versions Chowhounds swear by, in alphabetical order.
1. ANEPALCO’S CAFE
415 South Main Street, Orange
Taste meets presentation here, where tortilla strips are woven into a sort of cake, then topped with a truly amazing red sauce.
2. EL MATADOR
5312 Irwindale Avenue, Baldwin Park
A casual strip-mall spot in East LA County. Order your chilaquiles loaded up with eggs and chorizo.
3. HUGO’S RESTAURANT
12851 Riverside Drive, Studio City
Turkey breakfast sausage enters the mix at this valley restaurant, and you can get turmeric rice on the side.
4. JAR RESTAURANT
8225 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles
Available only at Sunday brunch, the chilaquiles at Suzanne Tracht’s chophouse come with slow-roasted pork from a family farm in Northern California. Naturally, there’s crème fraîche and Parmesan.
5. LOTERIA GRILL
6333 West Third Street, Los Angeles
The chilaquiles de mole poblano are a hangover cure so potent they lure even jaded Angelenos to the Farmers Market.
6. PEPY’S GALLEY
12125 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles
Eat awesome chilaquiles, then blow a rack—this pirate-themed diner is actually housed in a Westside bowling alley.
7. TACOS DELTA
3806 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Say what you will about the rest of the menu, the chilaquiles at this hillside taco stand on Sunset Boulevard are reason enough to visit.
8. TAQUERIA LOS ANAYA
4651 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles
House-made chorizo tops these saucy, crispy chilaquiles. The vegetarian ones are good, too.
Photo from Anepalco’s Café by Flickr member KayOne73 under Creative Commons
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