100 Favorite Dishes: No. 16, Migas at La Guadalupana

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​This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

There was a point in time at which I was eating at La Guadalupana with such frequency, the waitresses would hand me the phone to answer when owner Trancito Diaz wasn't around to take calls in English. I don't know how Diaz felt about this, or even if he knew. But I don't think the jovial Diaz would care; he's usually busy passing out samples of the treats in his pastry case to kids or checking on his customers, making sure every order comes out correctly.

The migas at La Guadalupana are my go-to breakfast in Houston, along with a cup of cafe de olla -- the brightly cinnamon-spiced coffee that's a house specialty here -- and a tall, cold glass of sweet jamaica. The migas are nothing like what I've encountered in any other Mexican restaurant, almost the "chopped salad" version of the eggy breakfast dish. All of the ingredients -- tortillas, chorizo, bell peppers, onions -- are uniformly diced and tossed with the scrambled eggs, resulting in a far more festive (and more delicious) dish than the plain old egg-and-tortilla mish-mash that many of us grew up with.

The migas are usually in need of salt, but put down the shaker. The porky refried beans served on the side are the only complement you need. Sometimes I take one bite of migas, one bite of beans, on and on until it's all finished. Other times, I prefer to coat a flour tortilla with a thick spread of beans and fill it with migas for a fat breakfast taco. However you do it, La Guadalupana's migas are the best Mexican breakfast in town -- and for less than $7, you'll be full and happy. And maybe answering a phone call or two.

The list so far:

No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe
No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria
No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats
No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe
No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella
No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic
No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo
No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's
No. 91: Chupacabra pizza from ERA
No. 90: Roast chicken from El Norteño
No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil
No. 88: Frank the Pretzel from Eatsie Boys
No. 87: Caldo Tlalpeño from Tacos del Julio
No. 86: English pea soup at Brasserie 19
No. 85: Falafel from Zabak's
No. 84: Buttermilk-fried pork loin with fried eggs at Canopy
No. 83: Grillades and grits from BB's Cajun Cafe
No. 82: Haemul dolsot from Seoul House
No. 81: Pandan waffles at Parisian Bakery III
No. 80: Pita bread and hummus at Phoenicia
No. 79: Goat pepper soup at Peppersoup Cafe
No. 78: Melon and Texas feta salad from Beaver's
No. 77: Hot Italian beef from BB's Beef & Hot Dog
No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe
No. 75: Pancakes from Fountain View Cafe
No. 74: Hobnobs from Fluff Bake Bar
No. 73: Chu chee eggplant from Nidda Thai
No. 72: Sausage sampler from King's Biergarten
No. 71: Shawarma from Abdallah's
No. 70: Moules-frite at the Broken Spoke
No. 69: Hong Kong-style French toast at House of Bowls
No. 68: Sashimi sampler at Sushi Miyagi
No. 67: Baleadas from Honduras Mayan
No. 66: Snow ice from Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki
No. 65: Boudin balls from MerCheri's
No. 64: Miso ramen at Umai
No. 63: Grim burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 62: Dabeli at Bansuri Indian Food Corner
No. 61: Wine and cupcakes at 13 Celsius
No. 60: Pâté de France from Spec's
No. 59: Steak and eggs from Ninfa's on Navigation
No. 58: Breakfast pita at Niko Niko's
No. 57: Vegan curry at Cafe TH
No. 56: Samosas at Shiv Sagar
No. 55: Ceviche at Latin Bites Cafe
No. 54: Wicked Philly at Pappa Geno's
No. 53: Pork chop at Perry's Steakhouse
No. 52: Soft-shell crab at Pico's Mex-Mex
No. 51: Sno-balls at MAM's House of Ice
No. 50: Whole catfish at Saigon Pagolac
No. 49: Nova fish box at New York Bagel & Coffee Shop
No. 48: Sojok mana'eesh at Cedars Bakery
No. 47: Pho ga at Pho Ga Dakao
No. 46: Sicilia salad at Trevisio
No. 45: Dahi puri at Sweet 'n' Namkin
No. 44: Hot dogs at Moon Tower Inn
No. 43: Real guacamole at Yelapa Playa Mexicana
No. 42: Akaushi short ribs at Soma Sushi
No. 41: Country-fried chicken livers at Haven
No. 40: Seafood gumbo at Cajun Town Cafe
No. 39: Tacos at Karanchos
No. 38: Crepes at Melange Creperie
No. 37: Gua bao at Yummy Kitchen
No. 36: Guanciale burger at Plonk
No. 35: Snapper al cilantro at Teotihuacan
No. 34: The Houstonian at James Coney Island
No. 33: The Montrose at Amy's Ice Cream
No. 32: Lobster bisque at Philippe
No. 31: Tacos de cabeza y orejas at El Ultimo
No. 30: Oyster stew at Danton's
No. 29: Fried oysters at TQLA
No. 28: Banh mi at Cali Sandwich
No. 27: Captin's fried chicken at Zelko Bistro
No. 26: The Brisket House Special at The Brisket House
No. 25: Menudo at La Mexicana
No. 24: Chargrilled oysters at Wild Cajun
No. 23: Breakfast tacos at Revival Market
No. 22: Sticky toffee pudding at Branch Water Tavern
No. 21: Tex-Mex burger at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
No. 20: Lasagna at Capri Pasta Pizza & More
No. 19: Pork rillette at Feast
No. 18: Chicken fried steak at Triple A
No. 17: Crème brûlée bread pudding at Killen's



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Location Info

La Guadalupana Bakery and Café

2109 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Marco Torres
Marco Torres

i like just about everything on the menu here. migas are good, but I agree w/Janey - the chilaquiles and almond croissants are heavenly!

janey
janey

while their migas are great, their chiliquiles verde are heaven.... and the machaca nortena... and just about everything.   When the Lupana closed down for a couple months after Ike, I went through withdrawal.  i tried chiliquiles all over town and nothing could come close. the day they reopened was joyous.    (i hear that Mr. Diaz's bread is just amazing and therefore his tortas and semitas are delish...I'm not a big bread person.. but i did sample an almond croissant fresh out of the oven that he brought me and it almost converted me.)

trisch
trisch

Love their migas.  They are my reward for good long runs.  They tie with the migas at Maudie's in Austin (heated with loads of finely chopped serrano peppers!) for my favorite migas in the country, but the line for a table at Maudie's is usually so long that I haven't been able to indulge the past few times I've been up there. 

Dwilkinson
Dwilkinson

I just tried this place today based on this post, as migas is one of my favorite dishes, and was blown away by how good it was.

I'm actually almost glad I didn't know about it when I was living much closer, as I'd probably be about 20 pounds heavier if I had!

drod
drod

I go there every Friday morning for my migas fix. No one does them better than La Guadalupana and I've tried countless places to see how they compare.

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