Thursday, July 10, 2008

One Dish Quickie at El Tepeyac

There's just something I love about fried eggs, especially when it's fried to the point that the white edges are browned and yet the yolk still retains some of its liquid gold. Sometimes a fried egg sandwich on lightly buttered toasted bread is all I need for a satisfying meal. Why all the egg talk? When it comes to dining out, I always seem to drawn to dishes that feature fried eggs, whether it's fried quail eggs on scallops or fried eggs on pizza.

So when I was out with friends to d
inner at El Tepeyac, a restaurant icon in East LA, I had a hard time deciding what to order. Finally, something finally caught my attention and made my palate say "Ole!" Do you know what that was? Well, it certainly wasn't taquitos.

My one dish quickie at El Tepeyac were the Beef Enchiladas topped with Fried Eggs. When I finally got my order, I looked down and then I immediately looked around to see who'd be willing to share this dish with me. It was huge, but so were a lot of the other dishes ordered by my companions. I was definitely on my own.

Fork in hand, I cut into egg and enchilada and was happy to see the yolk gushing out. My first bite was delicioso. Granted, your doctor probably wouldn't recommend a steady diet of melted cheese, beef and eggs, but for that moment, I didn't care.

Now is this the best enchilada I ever had, even with the fried egg? Probably Not. Would I go out of my way to return to El Tepeyac just for this dish? Not really. But for that moment, it was tasty, filling and hit the spot. Of course, whenever I go to into a Mexican restaurant in the future, I just might have to see if the chef would be willing to take a special request - fried egg on enchilada, anyone?

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El Tepeyac

812 N Evergreen Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 267-8668

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teenage glutster said...

awww...I would of finished the infamous "manny's special" if my mom would of let me that one day I went...

anyways, if the cooks don't comply (with the special egg request)just go for a plate of "chilaquiles", they are basically deconstructed enchiladas and are mostly available with fried eggs.

Dean said...

One of my favorite dishes is the #19 combo at Rosa's in Hermosa Beach. It's two fried eggs, one enchilada, and rice. El Tepeyac lives on hype. If Mexican food is made the right way, you should be able to enjoy a plate of refritos, tortillas, and chile alone. Rosa's makes their food the right way. Almost all my friends are Mexicans who eat their mom's cooking and they agree with me.