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Best "Huevos Rancheros" in Los Angeles...?

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Sauce: must be from scratch (like home made). None of this heated "Pace Picante" style stuff.
Queso: Either "cotija" or "fresco" (ranchero style) or any other cheese that's not monterey jack...

Must use corn tortillas at the base of the sauce/ "huevos", not flour tortillas. I know that these are prepared differently based on what Mexican state you're from. But please help me find a place that serves it like the above, what " I " would call madre, tia, abuelita authentic. THANKS.

Oh, and one more thing, the sauce must be HOT.... :)

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  1. ooh...I will be following this thread with very great interest: now that I have found (almost) perfect albondigas, huevos rancheros were next...my only addendum to the criteria is that, if there must be cheese, let it not be a heavy slab just melted onto the eggs (and thus over cooking the yolks, which totally misses the point) but just sprinkled on...

    Edited to add: I guess the cheese/yolks point made this clear, but versions with scrambled eggs need not apply! :-)

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    1. re: susancinsf

      SISF! Lurking in L.A., I see.

      So where are these perfect albondigas? I used to get really great albs at Barrigan's when I used to live in Echo Park, but that was more than 25 years ago.

      Too bad I didn't read this thread before I was in L.A. last week and early this week. Since I plan to go again.....plz inform re albondigas!

      Oops, should have read further. Thanks!

      1. re: oakjoan

        Hi Joan! I am loving spending some time in LA. World's Greatest Granddaughter (my first, in case you couldn't guess :-) is the biggest reason, but the outstanding Mexican, Japanese and Thai food are right up there as reasons two, three and four... :-)

        just to clarify....I can't personally vouch for the albondigas at Teresita's, though I do intend to try them if I am there on a Tuesday. Here's my recommendation for the best I've found in LA. Beats the living daylights out of any I've had in the bay area:


    2. http://teresitasrestaurant.com/index....

      Added thought:

      El Tepeyac Cafe
      812 N Evergreen Ave (Between Winter St & Blanchard St
      )Los Angeles 90033

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        1. re: rickym13

          I third el tepeyac. It's the best!

        2. re: Servorg

          Thanks, Servorq for the Teresita's recommendation: I filed it away for future reference, and today was the day I had a chance to head over there...

          The restaurant is smaller and not as upscale as I imagined based on the website drawing. Nice neighborhood cafe vibe. When I arrived at 11:30 or so (breakfast is served till noon on weekdays) there were only a few folks there, but by the time I left the place and the parking lot were full. Lots of the patrons seemed to be regulars, judging from the greetings for and from the host.

          Nothing special chips were brought with two sauces, a hot 'salsa borracha' and a verde that wasn't very hot, but heavy on the garlic. They have an espresso machine, so I ordered a cappucino, with came with a bit of cinnamon.

          The huevos come with a choice of salsa roja or verde. I am normally a red sauce fan, but went with the green since the menu said it was spicier. The right choice for fans of heat: it definitely fit BCM's 'the sauce must be HOT' criteria...the eggs were done perfectly over easy...soft yolks, just the right amount of cheese, good tortillas, great house made sauce. Served with rather bland potatoes, more tortillas, and very good stewed pinto beans.

          Good thing it wasn't Tuesday, I'd have had to also try the albondigas and I am not sure I would have found room...it was hard enough to resist the Wednesday special (costillas).

          The cosido going to a neighboring table looked pretty darn good too (lots of cabbage, which I love), and so did some carnitas.

          Total with cappucino, a large and freshly squeezed orange juice, tax and tip was about $16 (the oj and coffee were as much together as the huevos). Service was friendly, fast and efficient. Thumbs up.

          1. re: susancinsf

            Thank you SusanCinSF for the update and review on Teresita's!!! A friend of mine recommended this restaurant around 9 years ago (or maybe longer...) went there a couple of times but haven't been there since.

            One thing I do remember was the friendly greeting by Teresita herself, and the many follow-ups to make sure everything was OK..

            We had the Huevos a la Mexicana and Machaca, which were quite good, no complaints. Everybody knew everybody. This was a true, or is a true family restaurant. Oh, and the owner insisted we try the atole de ciruela and champurrado, it was a very nice experience, like visiting your favorite aunts house or visiting your grandmother. BTW, she did not charge us for the atole or the champurrado :)

            If it's still as I remember it, then I highly recommend it! Must make time to reacquaint myself...and try their Huevos Rancheros.

            1. re: BCM

              and thank YOU for the machaca mention: I didn't spend a lot of time perusing the menu, but I have been craving machaca. (just when hubby and I made a pact to give up beef for a month. or maybe that is why I am craving it! :-)) Oh well, surely I can get an exemption when I am out of town. One more thing to try on my next LA trip...

            2. re: susancinsf

              Susan, thanks for a great report. I love Teresita's. I just don't get over to that side of town nearly often enough. Your presence on the LA board is our gain (and SF's loss). One of these day's when you're on the westside again don't forget about Gloria's Cafe on Venice Blvd. in WLA.

              1. re: Servorg

                thanks!...yes, I should get to Gloria's, which is very close to my daughters place...but what do you particularly like on the Mexican side of the menu? Don't have the motivation to go there for pupusas since I can get quite good ones within a few blocks of home in SF (in the Outer Mission)...

                alas, am heading back north again, but I will be back soon. I've said it before, will confess it again: if you don't count the Dodgers, I love LA....

                1. re: susancinsf

                  I love their carne adobada, but generally I have liked all of their offerings that I have samples. Nice people and good food at a reasonable price. What's not to like.

              2. re: susancinsf

                adding a link (I hope)

                3826 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

            3. I'm having exactly what you describe pretty much every morning at a (real) hole in the wall downtown (Garment District), $4.00 cost.
              Valet parking NOT included.
              But I'm ashamed to post, what will people say...

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              1. re: RicRios

                Would that be La Botana? YUM!!! Huevos Rancheros are $3.50. Homemade sauce, mama in the back cooking it up.

                1. re: lil mikey

                  Since when holes have names?
                  Walk south on Los Angeles St from the corner with 7th St, west side of the street.
                  Second building on your right.
                  Enter "lobby", past snack shop, on your right. Ask for Señora Patty.

                  1. re: RicRios

                    Right on RR!! This is the most houndly rec I've seen in months. Thank you. I'll give it a try next time I'm down there.

                    1. re: lil mikey

                      Do you know if "La Botana" is open on weekends? Thanks...

                      1. re: BCM

                        I suspect not because it seems to serve the local sewing shops, but next time I'm down there on the weekend I'll check.

                    2. re: RicRios

                      RicRios, since someone's kicked this thread back to life, I thought I'd take the opportunity to ask: is this place still around, and, if so, is it still good?

                      1. re: Peripatetic

                        Still around? Yes.
                        Still good? No.

                  2. re: RicRios

                    True Huevos Rancheros under $5 from a hole in the wall and you ask what will they say? People will say you are cool and they will thank you.

                  3. Have you ever tried it at Polly's on the Pier in Redondo Beach? Just curious on your opinion if you have. Made with corn tortillas, runny eggs, frioles de las olas (sp?), and the spicy sauce is sooooo good. Depending on the day, sometimes it makes me sweat. But, alas, Idon't have an abuelita.

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                    1. re: Rizza

                      After reading about Polly's for years on this site, we decided to try it last week. We ordered the huevos rancheros and the bannana pancakes and shared. The huevos rancheros were just okay. The eggs were smothered with a salsa that looked old and king of dry with no heat. They mention on the menu that the beans were prepared without oil. The beans we were served were smashed and dry, not de la olla. The pancakes on the other hand were delicious.
                      My recommendation for huevos rancheros would be Raphael's in Montebello. Order the ones smothered with the chile verde. They are spicy and delicious. They don't put any cheese on them and they don't put the tortilla under the eggs but nonetheless, they are really, really good.

                      1. re: Neta

                        Glad to hear you at least tried Polly's. It's been a while sine I had the huevos - but they certainly weren't dry before. And I did love the sauce. But i have getting the banana pancakes most of the time lately. It's such an awesome view on a beautiful sunny day, and my kids love to walk up the pier and see what the anglers are catching (they have a favorite they always cheer for). It just makes me feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place. I will have to make the trek for some authentic huevos though.

                    2. Pacific Dining Car.


                      Sauce? From scratch. Check.
                      Queso? Cojita. Check.
                      Tortillas? Corn. Check.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        That's one thing I haven't tried there. How is the spiciness factor?

                        1. re: Servorg

                          It's not very spicy as is (at least not for me).

                          You can ask for them to turn up the heat (which I've done in the past), or simply ask for a bottle of tobasco (which I try to avoid doing).

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I went this morning to the Santa Monica branch (SE corner of Princeton and Wilshire Blvd). Really good. Only problem was over done yolks, but I had not specified runny so I took what I got. They are also having a special on buttermilk biscuits and they were great. The rancheros, ($15.95 + coffee) comes with a huge serving of potatoes, (I had the lyonnaise). Not cheap, just like all their breakfasts. With tax and tip I was out the door for $26, but I won't need to eat again today. Thanks for the tip.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              What did you think of the spice level?

                              Glad to hear you liked it.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                While it wasn't mild I wouldn't call it spicy exactly. A nice level for the way I was feeling this morning. I did add a little tobasco, but not much. Good amount of cojita cheese and some beautifully ripe avocado, (which - while it's not traditional was a tasty touch). I would have it again.

                              2. re: Servorg

                                How does it compare with the Teresita's recommendation you made above? (other than obviously being more expensive).

                                Is the cheese melted on top, or crumbled?

                                1. re: susancinsf

                                  Teresitas is my favorite. That said the example at PDC is darn good. The very generous amount of cheese is crumbled on top, but since all the food I have ever had at PDC comes out of the kitchen really "hot" temp wise it does start to get soft as it sits there.

                        2. I can't keep myself from ordering them at Cora's Coffee Shop in Santa Monica. The only caveat, I don't know any Abuelita's that serve white beans with them--but that might just have been the part of Mexico I was living in. But don't get thrown off by the beans, these are the goods.

                          1. OOOH, I almost forgot. Senior G's in Playa Del Rey also has a very good version.

                              1. I love El Tepyac, but have just recently found La Casita Mexicana in Bell. Address 4030 E Gage Ave. They make everything from scratch and use only the finest ingredients. If you go make room for their churros filled with fresh caramel. Also try their chiliquilles, can order eggs or chicken on the side.

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                                1. re: paprkutr

                                  Thanks for your recommendation Paprkutr. We'll give it a try this coming weekend... Do you know their business hours on weekends? Thanks.

                                2. Licha's in Hawthorne.
                                  Miranda's in Lawndale.
                                  Both places also serve chilaquiles with salsa verde.

                                  4267 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

                                  Miranda's - CLOSED :-(
                                  14400 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA

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                                  1. re: DiveFan

                                    Thank you DF. I was just in the area of Hawthorne this past Saturday, to try a recommended Ecuadorian Restaurant (El Rinconcito Ecuatoriano). I'll make sure to visit Licha's and/or Miranda's next time I'm in the area. If you had to pick one, which would it be?

                                    1. re: DiveFan

                                      Wow, I don't think that I could. I haven't had huevos rancheros at either place since I'm distracted by the items not found at your average Mex place e.g. huaraches and pambasos. Out of habit I go to Licha's for the chilaquiles.
                                      Both places could use the business - go to one for breakfast and one for lunch :-).
                                      I uploaded the menu to Licha's place link, and Miranda's place link has their web site. Read both and let your salivary glands be the judge.

                                    2. Oooh, too bad you don't live near Ventura County! Eggs 'n Things has a really good Huevos Rancheros. Although, I haven't been there in a while... I'm not sure how they've been holding up the place. I apologize if this doesn't help much, but next time you're down in Camarillo or Ventura, look it up!

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                                      1. re: Raachie

                                        Thank you Raachie! I'll keep this in mind when I'm dragged to the outlets in Camarrillo... :)

                                      2. Gilbert's El Indio

                                        Hugo's Tacos

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                                        1. re: Emme

                                          I tried Gilbert's and there is celery chunks in the sauce, which really turns me off.

                                        2. Having had Huevos Rancheros at least 100 times while living in New Mexico; it is important to point out what the ranchero sauce is made from in which over there is made from strictly chilies and I have found here the sauce tends to be tomato based.
                                          Does anyone know of a place that serves it New Mexican style?

                                          1. I can't vouch for their authenticity, but the best Huevos Rancheros I've eaten are at the Baja Cantina on Washington Place in Venice. Very tasty and filling; moderately spicy.

                                            1. In the $5 to $6 range try El Jacal. IMO, the chips and two salsas (red and green) they give you for walking in the door are almost worth that kind of money. If you want the sauce hot just ask them. Also, this place makes all the sauces they serve and the A La Diabla is perfect. The coffee has just the right amount of cinnamon.

                                              El Jacal (Mexican breakfast, Real Mexican style asada tacos (marinated asada and avacado slices), several kind of different shrimp tacos)
                                              13414 Ramona Blvd
                                              Baldwin Park, CA 91706-3902
                                              (626) 813-4419
                                              Open 7 days, 8am to 9pm.
                                              Several blocks East of the 605

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                                              1. re: JeetJet

                                                I've been raving about this hole in the wall in the middle of nowhere as have my coworkers.

                                                Molcajete Grill on Bushard in Huntington Beach between Garfield and Yorktown. In the same center as the 7-11.

                                                Deep red sauce/spicy, It has a ton of red and green slices of bell pepper that's in the sauce. Comes with guaco and a huge pile of chopped onions and cilantro on the side. They have amazing fresh salsa that has a bite and they make it daily so it's a little different each day.

                                                My friend swears by the Chile Relleno burrito and I also really like their carnitas tacos. They have real Mexican coke in the bottles. And they'll make a hard shell veggie taco that is tasty.

                                                1. re: meltedcheese

                                                  I found three Molcajete. I wonder whether they are related and if the have the same menu?

                                                  Molcajete Grill
                                                  6452 Westminster
                                                  Westminster, CA 92683
                                                  (714) 899-7140

                                                  19023 Bushard
                                                  Huntington Beach, CA 92646
                                                  (714) 593-2829

                                                  9342 Alondra Boulevard
                                                  Bellflower, CA 90706
                                                  (562) 804-2662

                                              2. Rather than start a new post I wanted to post this here because of the topic heading. These are the best! After having some good hard shell tacos at El Buen Gusto in Whittier a few weeks ago I returned for breakfast last week. I ordered the Huevos Rancheros and when the server asked if I wanter Hot Sauce I said "Yes." The palte is really big and really full of food. The rice is down home Mexican and the beans were perfectly moist and fresh. I never saw the eggs because they were covered with the green sauce. The eggs were cooked just right and I could see the yellow yokes when I cut them. The sauce has a great flavor although I really did not think it was hot -- spicy, and the corn tortillas were also flavorful. A basket of extra tortillas came with the breakfast and even thought I really enjoyed putting the sauce, rice, beans, and eggs on them to make my own breakfast tacos I never finished eating all of them in the basket -- I got very full. That breakfast has been on my mnd ever since and I will return this week for a repeat of the same..

                                                El Buen Gusto (Hard Shell shredded beef tacos and Huevos Rancheros)
                                                10820 Beverly Blvd # A2 (East of the 605 at Beverly, Workmen Mill Rd. and Norwalk Blvd. Next to Baskin Robbins)
                                                Whittier, CA 90601

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                                                1. re: JeetJet

                                                  Thanks for describing in detail. I'm not to familiar with the area, but the next time I'm on the 605, I'll make sure I stop, and report back. GRACIAS!!

                                                2. Have been to pretty much all the places listed.

                                                  I think the best is Joe's Restaurant for brunch on a weekend. Yes, it's a Cal-french restaurant but try it.

                                                  But the real best is in Santa Barbara... Not the best cafe in the world but their Huevos Rancheros are worth the trek for.

                                                  1. I found a really good one at Roxbury Café. This is a small place with mostly inside seating but they have several tables out front on the sidewalk also. I sat out front because the sky was blue, the sun was warm and the sidewalk traffic in this part of town (Beverly Hills, 90210) sometimes includes well-heeled divas. The Huevos Rancheros however, notwithstanding the sunshine and all, was the highlight of my day. I made two special requests when I ordered. First, I asked for some spicy jalapenos to be added to the sauce. Second, I asked for the corn tortillas to be somewhat blackened lthe way I make them at home – directly over the fire. When the very friendly server brought my plate to the table I could not believe what I saw – perfection! The sauce was house-made with peppers, onion and the jalapenos. The tortillas looked just the way I make them at home. The rice looked moist and fresh made. The beans were special also -- thick black beans. My eggs were the way this meal should be – over easy and not overcooked. Once she sat the plate on the table in front of me I just sat there for a moment enjoying myself looking back at it. The first thing I tasted was that sauce. It was excellent and obviously made with a recipe from home. The jalapenos were much hotter than I expected but for me that is a good thing. It was all as good as it looked – an authentic Ranchero's lunch. The owner stopped by my table and with a smile asked me if all was right. I answered, “I have a blue sky, warm sun, the sound of high heels on the sidewalk and the best breakfast in Beverly Hills with a good cup of coffee all for under $9 – it does not get better than this.” I look forward to reliving this day soon.

                                                    Roxbury Café.
                                                    459 N Roxbury Dr
                                                    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
                                                    (310) 271-0027

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                                                    1. re: JeetJet

                                                      Thanks for the info JeetJet. Will definately give it a try!


                                                    2. Though I haven't tried them myself (will soon after this post), the Huevos Rancheros at Don Huarache look phenomenal. I'm more of the Chilaquiles Verdes kinda guy myself. Maybe Streetgourmetla can vouch for them....

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                                                      1. re: FranklinJefferson

                                                        That's where I go for huevos rancheros whenever I have the urge.They're on the money.

                                                      2. Licha's
                                                        4267 El Segundo Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250 - 310-644-0401

                                                        My girl and I stumbled upon this tiny establishment and we were thrilled. by the outcome.

                                                        The Huevos Rancheros" where simply delectable. Everything was fresh and home made. I didn't hear any chicken in back. They must have been next door.

                                                        This is a small family restaurant. There is no pretense and it is not expensive (ours was $6.50/plate)

                                                        I highly recommend giving them a try

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                                                        1. re: ericcalderon2

                                                          Tortas Mexico in the wilds of Tujunga. Also try Huevos Mexicana. Or the breakfast omelette (forget the name).

                                                        2. Cafe Verde in Pasadena has the best Eggs Rancheros I've ever had.

                                                          Cafe Verde
                                                          961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

                                                          1. Not sure if it's better form to bump an old thread or start a new one, so I bumped an old one.

                                                            Looking for the best Huevos Rancheros out there. I live in the Mar Vista area but am willing to drive for the best.

                                                            Thanks in advance.

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                                                            1. re: MilesF

                                                              Not too far east from MV you should give the ones at Taqueria Los Anaya http://www.taquerialosanaya.com/ a taste test/ I am also very partial to their Chilaquiles with chorizo.

                                                              ADD: I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I still haven't hit up this place (Cafe Milan) in Playa Del Rey that PaulF wrote up http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8992... but he mentioned the Huevos Rancheros as being good.

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                Like the respected Servorg, I'm partial to the Los Anaya chilaquiles with chorizo (thank you Dommy for originally reporting this). However this morning I decided to try the huevos rancheros even though I rarely ever eat them at any restaurant. Can't say how they reside in the pantheon of such a dish, but it was pretty tasty and I believe well made. It came with 3 eggs cooked in your choice of style on top of 3 fresh made on site corn tortillas. I chose to let the chef choose and he did the eggs "over easy." The eggs were topped with a slightly chunky roasted tomato ranchera sauce and topped with some chopped cilantro, nice white mexican cheese (one creamy and one kind of soft and crumbly). There was some hotness to the sauce. I'm sure they would let you add their diablo sauce made with habaneros if you were so inclined. The plate also had spanish rice, refried beans with some tortilla chips. Also had a freshly made pineapple agua fresca.

                                                                  1. re: MilesF

                                                                    If you happen to try their huevos rancheros, I'd love your opinion of their version. I found it very tasty, but since I haven't tried in a lot of places your opinion would be of interest to me and others I think.

                                                                  2. re: Feed_me

                                                                    Went and ordered the huevos rancheros at Anaya because of your post. They are stunningly great. I forgot how good Anaya is. Maybe the most underrated Mex place in LA.

                                                                    The tortillas they make are so good... and their beans have so much flavor it's ridiculous. The sauce was quintessential rancheros...

                                                                    I wish it didn't cost $8, but damn is it worth it. The habanero hot sauce is also a nice touch. But even without it, it's truly as good as huevos rancheros get I think.

                                                                    1. re: Stravinsky

                                                                      Based on a recommendation I tried the huevos rancheros at the Griddle in West Hollywood and was disappointed. They were topped with enchalada sauce and served with a sausage. Pretty piss poor.

                                                                      1. re: bringiton

                                                                        The huevos rancheros at the Griddle represent perhaps the worst rendition of the dish I have ever come across.

                                                                        I was horrified when I ordered them there. Thank God everyone else ordered pancakes.

                                                                        Someone should be tar and feathered for even calling that dish huevos rancheros, or presenting it at a restaurant.

                                                                      2. re: Stravinsky

                                                                        Anaya excels in breakfast.. their housemade Chorizo is stunning!


                                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                                          I wonder if they would add it to their huevos rancheros... probably sacrilege... haha

                                                                          Their eggs with chorizo is insanely good as well though.

                                                                          Everything there sings with such quality...such flavor...mmm

                                                                          I don't go often enough.

                                                                          1. re: Stravinsky

                                                                            It's right off the crenshaw exit off the 10... just sayin'.


                                                                1. Los Anaya off Crenshaw.

                                                                  I have to continue to, occasionally, bring this place up so they get the recognition they deserve.
                                                                  Outstanding Huevos Rancheros and what makes them stand out are the homemade corn tortillas.
                                                                  I could easily eat them everyday and absolutely love the owners.

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                                                                  1. re: latindancer

                                                                    Hmm, never even heard of this place. I will have to give it, it's requisite whirl.

                                                                  2. Hollywood Hills Coffee Shoppe.

                                                                    Best I've ever had.

                                                                    1. Hi.... So bumping this.... Is there a new hot spot that is recommended? I love hole in the wall places but whatever is great. Looking in Santa Monica, Venice Beach, West Hollywood or DTLA areas (will have car)