A Mean Mexican Breakfast at Tacos del Julio

Categories: Breakfast

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All this for less than $5. I love you, Tacos del Julio.
Tacos del Julio -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is near and dear to my heart, and not just because I spent many a happy lunch there back in my old days of working for a Mexican-owned cement company. It's also the spot of many delicious breakfasts as well.

The restaurant serves its breakfast menu every day starting at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends (we all deserve to sleep in on weekends). It's not only a great destination for a filling, delicious breakfast -- it's also a happily inexpensive one. Breakfast specials are $2.59 on weekdays and $3.29 on the weekends. For that price, you get a plate heavy with food as well as the complimentary bowl of pork-fattened charro beans that are one of Tacos del Julio's signature items.

On a recent weekday morning, I was presented with enough food for two people that -- along with coffee -- cost less than $5 total. (Not including tip, however.) What did I get for my Lincoln?

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Cross-section of a breakfast taco favorite.
The huevos rancheros norteños -- my personal favorite -- come with two eggs cooked over easy on top of a fat slice of ham, on top of two corn tortillas, all topped with that same luscious, chile-laced red sauce that's atop the enchiladas del Julio. And alongside this, a heap of refried beans, roasted potatoes and several thick rashers of bacon.

I like to cut the eggs, ham and tortillas into diagonal strips and tuck them inside another corn tortilla, spread with a thick layer of refried beans. (You also get four hot corn tortillas with your breakfast plate.) Yes, it's a bit redundant, but it's so tasty -- yolk and red sauce soaking into each layer and tying it all together -- that I don't care.

It's a brilliant way to spend a leisurely morning, especially if Hoy! is on the flat-screen TV that hangs from one wall. Come early, though, as Tacos del Julio only serves breakfast until 11 a.m. on weekdays and noon on the weekends.

Location Info

Tacos Del Julio

8203 Long Point, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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ec
ec

Undercooked potatoes, store bought tortillas....no thank you.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Katharine, don't settle for those grocery store corn tortillas (although the corn ones, as shown, aren't bad). Go to Taqueria La Favorita in Pasadena and the DTL will crank out homemade corn and flour tortillas while you watch. They'll hook you up with a good breakfast for about $2.50 any day of the week. I spend a little extra ($4.50) and get the Machacado a la Mexicana. Favorita has two sauces in squirt bottles--one red and one green. Both are very good.

Gunsandtacos
Gunsandtacos

If tacos de trompo were a rapper, Karancho's tacos would be Jay-Z without the problems.

Gidgetme
Gidgetme

Have you ever tried Doneraki?Love that place!!!

TQro
TQro

Meh. The tacos de trompo at Karancho's (and we've only been once) where left on the plate. The texture of the trompo was off. Way too soft, overdone, mealy. The flavor was fine, but still wasn't loud enough to beat out the texture.

Goethewer
Goethewer

Did you know that the owners of Arandas are in prison for tax evasion?

Jensone1
Jensone1

...or that the Breakfast Klub has a $12,000 tax lien, while lining up people due to its popularity?

Maybe you should do a restaurant crime segment..more interesting than the Health Dept staleness.

Dubash3
Dubash3

Oh, what fun, a rougues gallery.Hudson Lounge's Adam Kleibert would be a good one here. Assault, drunken assault, assault with a deadly weapon, DUI, evading arrest.

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