Three To Try: Chilaquiles

November 6, 2015

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This week’s Three To Try: Chilaquiles

More and more, I crave breakfasts with a little bit of spice. I’ll never pass up good old eggs and bacon, but nowadays something with a little kick really gets me going. This brings me to one of my breakfast favorites – chilaquiles. Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish using a base of cut-up tortillas (or often tortilla chips) simmered in a sauce then covered with everything from pulled chicken or pork to salsa to eggs to cheese to black beans to veggies. Never had it? Try one of these:

1. Starliner Diner – I don’t like to get into “this is the best” lists too much, but the chilaquiles at Starliner Diner rank amongst my favorite breakfast dishes in Columbus. If there was a bottomless version of this dish, I would keep eating it until I pass out. It’s hearty and filling, with just the right amount of spice to wake you up. This dish alone shows why Starliner routinely gets voted one of the best breakfasts in the city.

2. Cuco’s Taqueria – Most people don’t know Cuco’s opens daily at 8 a.m. to serve breakfast. The line-up is extensive: eggs with chorizo, huevos rancheros, moyetes (black beans, chorizo, and cheese on French bread), oaxaqueña (little enchiladas filled with potato and covered in black bean sauce). Their chilaquiles come with a verde sauce, potatoes, and refried beans.

3. The Whitney House – You might not expect to see this Worthington stop on this list, but Chef Max’s chilaquiles certainly deserve the mention. They’re one of the biggest items on his brunch menu: tortilla chips loaded with braised pork shoulder, guacamole, a fried egg. Just see the photo above and you’ll be convinced.

Last week’s Three To Try: Christi’s Picks

Need more ideas? Re-visit the List of Reviews or check out more Three To Try. Happy Breakfasting!

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