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ebloom Jan 30, 2011 06:57 PM

I've searched around for recommendations on chilaquiles and have tried quite a few places. Taquerias Arandinas (off I-35 around 290 and on Riverside) serves my current favorite.
-Las Cazuelas on Cesar Chavez was okay, but the sauce just wasn't great.
-Trudy's serves a completely different version than I have had anywhere else and really just tastes like chips w/ a jalapeno sauce.
-Sazon was a favorite of mine several years ago when I lived south, but haven't been back for breakfast in some time.

Who am I missing? I don't really care for the cheese-laden migas served at every restaurant in town.

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    craveytrain RE: ebloom Jan 30, 2011 07:54 PM

    I actually like them at Polvo's. I usually substitute the Ranchero sauce (just my personal preference) but I think they are reasonable solid, if not a little wet.

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      Steven Dilley RE: ebloom Jan 31, 2011 06:40 AM

      Sazon's version is still pretty good. Ditto Garrido's. And I'm guessing the ones at El Meson would probably be worthwhile as well. Though the S Lamar location only does breakfast on the weekends.

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        tom in austin RE: Steven Dilley Jan 31, 2011 07:46 AM

        I agree with you; Sazon, Curra's,, and El Meson all do a decent variant, among others.

        However, this dish is pretty easy to make. I prefer my homemade version to anything I've had in town.

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        El Meson
        5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744

        Sazon
        1816 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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        Madcap RE: ebloom Jan 31, 2011 07:39 AM

        I've had chilaquiles at Curra's and thought they were good. However that's the only time I've had them so I can't really say how they compare to other places.

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          FoieGrasHotDog RE: Madcap Jan 31, 2011 07:22 PM

          We concur on the Curra's - though we had them at the Señor Buddy's location on HWY 290.

          If this were a Seattle thread we'd send you to Señor Moose Cafe in Ballard. Still on a quest for our favorite and taking copious notes here.

          @ebloom - we're with you on the migas... still just don't quite get it. Maybe it's just a preference for the over-easy eggs vs. scrambled...

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          missmitzi RE: ebloom Jan 31, 2011 08:23 AM

          I have only ever had them at Maudie's but I enjoy them there. I've only tried the Green Chilaquiles but they also have red sacue version.

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            TerryMtz RE: ebloom Jan 31, 2011 09:52 AM

            I like the chilaquiles from La Casita on Anderson Lane. The chips are thick and don't get soggy quickly and you get a choice of red or green salsa, both of which are good, but I prefer red because the green is sour, as it is tomatillo-based. They are covered in a flurry of shredded queso fresco. The plate comes with a small side of fried potatoes, some refried beans, sour cream and diced white onion. Ask for their green sauce (similar to what El Pollo Regio has, but a little less spicy) so you can douse your potatoes in it!

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            La Casita
            400 N Magnolia Ave, Luling, TX 78648

            El Pollo Regio
            207 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666

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              ebloom RE: TerryMtz Jan 31, 2011 05:14 PM

              The first (and only) time we tried La Casita we had a very unpleasant experience primarily due to some hair in the food. It's hard to go back after that. I've even brought up the restaurant in conversation with my wife on several occasions and she never remembers where it is until I mention our one visit.

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                scrumptiouschef RE: ebloom Jan 31, 2011 07:35 PM

                La Casita is solid. Very good Carne Guisada

                http://chowpapi.com/?p=772

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                  TerryMtz RE: ebloom Feb 1, 2011 05:04 AM

                  I would probably be wary if that were me, too. Good thing I've never had such an experience at La Casita, because I loooove their chilaquiles!

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                  La Casita
                  400 N Magnolia Ave, Luling, TX 78648

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                stephanieh RE: ebloom Jan 31, 2011 05:39 PM

                There's a new place in Cedar Park called Los Chilaquiles. I haven't had their chilaquiles there, but I've had their enchiladas and they were good. I plan to go back and try their namesake sometime.

                1. popvulture RE: ebloom Feb 1, 2011 11:25 AM

                  I really liked the Chilaquiles Colorados at El Chile for brunch. That said, I haven't been in over a year and everybody seems to think that place has gone totally to hell. Anybody been there lately? Is it true?

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                    Steven Dilley RE: popvulture Feb 2, 2011 07:59 AM

                    A couple of recent meals were the same as ever. Like the food or not, it's consistent.

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                    foodiegal71 RE: ebloom Feb 3, 2011 02:59 PM

                    I went back to Sazon after a long hiatus a few weeks ago. I am happy to report that the Chilaquiles are still my hands down favorite. I even went back for dinner two more times and was super happy with those as well.

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                    Sazon
                    1816 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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                      VanCosta RE: ebloom Oct 27, 2011 03:08 PM

                      I'm heading to Austin tomorrow for a few days, and chilaquiles is one of my all-time favorite dishes to eat.

                      Do any of the places you've all mentioned make their chilaquiles from scratch? I'm a bit of a chilaquiles snob, and they just won't do if they're made from tortilla chips.

                      If you don't know what I'm talking about, they are "properly" made very quickly dipping the torillas in hot oil (so they're still soft) and then dipping them in the enchilada sauce.

                      If there's a place in town that does it like this, PLEASE let me know.

                      1. chispa_c RE: ebloom Nov 8, 2011 10:41 AM

                        I saw that Dai Due was selling this:

                        Chilaquiles Verdes with Smith and Smith Chicken, tomatillos, crema, queso fresco, cilantro and a fried egg.

                        at the farmer's market in mid-october. Has anyone tried theirs?

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