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Where to find great chilaquiles?

I'm talking saucy, spicy, indulgent. Nothing too dry, nothing topped with mealy shredded chicken.

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  1. swank, i know others will answer your specific quest, but wanted to remind you that Angela's, in Eastie, has had a lot of past CH attention that included their Rajas con Crema- which resemble chilaquiles w/o chicken. And Tenoch in Medford has done those Rajas as a special before (i'm trying to get him to do them again :-}

    (Maybe you could ask for some shredded chicken to be mixed in w/ your Rajas?)

    You might look into the menu at La Verdad (restnt) and Dorado and El Centro.Check their Brunch menus for it as well.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Admittedly, it's been a while since I've been to Angela's, but I don't recall her rajas con crema -- or for that matter, anyone's -- containing fried tortillas. There are huge regional variations in this dish, as is so often the case, but if there aren't tortillas in it, it's not chilaquiles.

      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

        ah HAH was my immed reaction. pretty positive you are right and i misremembered.

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          But Angela DOES have chiliquiles on the menu!

          1. re: fredid

            that's great. my notes had us eating rajas when we were there,but good thing they also do chilaquiles.More importantly, fredid, what do you think of them; do you prefer Angela's over Jalisco's? Do they satisfy swank's description?

    2. My husband and I each had the chilaquiles at El Centro Dos in Brookline for brunch this past Saturday. They were good, but I wouldn't call them great. The texture of the tortillas was a nice mix of still crispy and some softening from the sauce. The chicken was tender and flavorful and the eggs were cooked perfectly with nice runny yokes. I had the red sauce, which I thought was underseasoned a bit (it improved with a little salt) and my husband had the green which had a little more flavor. A solid dish, but I wish the flavors popped a little more. It was topped with some melting cheese and perfectly ripe avocado, and had a side of tasty beans.

      The generous portion of complimentary guacamole and chips to start was a pleasant surprise.

      1. Taqueria Jalisco in East Boston. Breakfast served allll day.

        1. Had some respectable chilaquiles at a new place with Gudalajaran owners in Rochester, NH recently: La Corona. Wouldn't road trip for it, but a worthwhile stop if you're headed to the Lakes Region, on Rte 11 close to the Spaulding Turnpike. Unusually traditional Mex in my experience in the Granite State. Also liked the huevos machaca on another breakfast stop: an especially nice roasted chili salsa as an accompaniment.


          1. Jose's Mexican in Cambridge has them on the brunch menu.

              1. re: ndynamite


                i don't find them on the web Brunch menu but lots of delic looking things(i had no idea Z had opened iin the so. end. Has that been awhile now?

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  It's been there for a few years. Not actually the South End, but Back Bay (see its web address). Pretty common claim for Stanhope Street and nearby restaurants.


              2. Please see my review of La Qchara in Melrose. I don't know if this fits the bill, but I sure did like them.

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                1. re: UnclePH

                  thx to uncle PH, we have now had the chilaquiles at QChara two days this week. I am smitten! And they're alot closer to you than East Boston..... QChara is basically 10 minutes drive east from the Rt.93 exit for Stoneham Center or Stoneham Zoo. Today's were even better than Thurs because the chicken component was very moist and very lightly dressed in a reddish sauce. I am crazy for the crunchy tortilla chips tossed with just enough salsa verde to make them both soft and crunchy, with the full flavored tang of the green sauce. and the eggs and chicken for protein. yumOla.

                  if you try it, let us know how you like 'em.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef


                    Once again I'm in agreement with you on this place. I have tried their chilaquiles verde twice now and my only complaint is that I would like the eggs better if the yolks were a bit softer.

                    1. re: RoyRon

                      haha, ron, we are so funny! We went for our 3rd visit today
                      (where else can i get a fantastic breakfast at 4pm?!) and i was determined today to address this egg issue on the otherwise super chilaquiles. So I asked them if they would plse cook them over very low heat, over easy, so they would be soft inside. Well, today I finally got what i wanted. But it took me three different requests.

                      we also tried the beef soup which was filled with beef, potatoes,plantain, carrot, cilantro and slices of corn on the cob. very mild flavor, no discernable herbs or spices. And we repeated that Mechada (beef )arepa and also got an arepa with the Pernil/pork filling. Unlike sliced roast pork, this pork has been braised and shredded and sauteed, but it mostly tasted like pepper to me, and i wouldn't order it again. But the Mechada- still yummmmm.
                      They have a bunch of smoothies (as well as coffee drinks)there that i'd like to explore in addition to many things on the menu.

                2. I had some that were excellent last spring at brunch at The Painted Burro. They did have chicken, but there was nothing mealy about it. I'm not sure if they're always/still on the brunch menu.

                  1. Just had them for breakfast at Antojitos Cafe in Waltham. They were delicious. They were served with eggs and black beans and either a mild red sauce or a spicier green sauce.