Dichos Taqueria’s enfrijoladas Veracruzanas are the ultimate breakfast dish.
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My favorite food discoveries are when a good friend recommends a restaurant that is dear to their heart—then I go, and it hits just right. That’s how I felt the first time I went to Dichos Taqueria in the East End, and I was just as delighted to have found another excellent taqueria in Houston as I was to have tasted a dish that was new to me.
I can’t remember the last time I had a better breakfast than Dichos’ enfrijoladas Veracruzanas (sorry to my O.G. fave, La Guadalupana’s migas). Enfrijoladas are similar to enchiladas, but better. Corn tortillas are rolled and filled with scrambled eggs a la Mexicana—with diced tomato, onion and jalapeño or another chile pepper—and accompanied by a thick black bean sauce, chorizo, queso fresco and crema.
Traditionally, day-old tortillas were dipped in frijoles to give them a second life, says Rick Martinez in Bon Appétit. At Dichos, the tortillas were fresh and didn’t appear to be dipped, but rather topped with a smother of bean sauce. They cooked the eggs exactly how I like them: Instead of scrambling them into small, granular pieces, only breaking them down slightly in the pan so you end up with bigger, fluffier chunks, halfway between a scramble and an omelet. Snug in the tortilla, it was the pillowy stuff of dreams. I typically like contrasting textures, but there was something so comforting about the uniform softness of this dish.
Dichos Taqueria has an expansive menu of all the usual suspects, making me want to return again and again to try different things. Don’t sleep on the “specials and favorites” on the last page, where I picked out my enfrijoladas Veracruzanas. Dichos is the epitome of the perfect neighborhood spot. The service is warm and the space bustles with families on the weekends. I just wish I lived closer, but now I have another great excuse to visit my friend out east.
Find it: 614 S. Wayside Dr., Houston, TX 77011; (832) 742-5669
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Emma Balter is the food editor for Chron.
She was previously an entertainment reporter for the Houston Chronicle, writing food, drink and feature stories. Before joining the Chronicle in March 2020, Balter worked for Wine Spectator magazine for six years as a writer, editor and tasting coordinator. She has also contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Eater, PureWow, Chowhound and VinePair, among others.
Balter grew up in Paris, France, where she got an early taste for good food and wine. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University in the U.K. and was the lifestyle editor of the student newspaper. She currently lives in southwest Houston.
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