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Livermore: Chilaquiles at El Charro

Shep | Aug 4, 200508:14 PM

OK, I'm not your chilaquile guy. Really, the only ones I've ever had are at Gilman Grill. So I figure I know everything there is to know about chilauqiles. And here I order Chlaquiles Verdes, at El Charro, and what I get is something very different. At Gilman they were essentially a nice scramble of eggs, onions, and soft tortilla strips, topped with cheese and melted under the salamander (OK, the broiler, too much Breakfast at Brennan's). At El Charro, I get a couple of eggs, not really scrambled, but more fried with addled yolks. Top these with a liberal helping of crisp tortilla strips, shredded cheese, and salsa verde, and place under the broiler until the strips get darker and crispier and the cheese all melts down. Sort of like egg nachos. Good, though. Came with ordinary refritos and pretty decent orange rice. The complimentary chips and salsa cruda helped, the chips fresh and hot and the salsa chunky with plenty of onion and fresh jalapenos. They had lima and hibiscus for aguas again, second time in two visits. I had the lima, it was pleasantly somewhat tart, without the cloying sugary sweetness that I associate with aguas.

Other things that caught my eye included Machaca, shredded dried beef fried with eggs; Chuletas Ahumadas, smoked pork chops in chipotle sauce; and Costillas de Puerco en Chile Verde, pork ribs. Also a variety of mariscos, including whole fried fish and octopus tostada. My next, though, will be the Pura Carne Burrito. Hey, you know me.

El Charro Taqueria
2020 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550

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