Move over Guy Fiery, this diner beats your selected Triple D diner down the street. Located in San Pedro, this place is truly a greasy diner. On weekends, the line is out the door and you’re given a menu that has pages and pages of different food items: from 100 versions of omelettes to french toast to waffles. As if the menu isn’t big enough, there’s an additional menu on the wall with their so called “new” breakfast and lunch specialties. I think I spent 15 minutes just reading the wall to narrow down my breakfast choice.
Instead of picking their namesake: an omelette or a waffle, I chose to split a Chilaquiles with a pork verde salsa. Our waitress Sofia was the best! Not only did she serve us with a smile, she also had the cook split our entrees at no extra charge. She came back to see if we liked the meal, and chatted with us, despite the restaurant was busy on a Saturday morning.
What is a Chilaquiles?
Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish typically eaten at breakfast or brunch. This makes them a popular recipe to use leftover tortillas and salsas. The corn tortillas cut in quarters and lightly fried are the basis of the dish. Green or red salsa or mole is poured over the crisp tortilla triangles, and the mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening. Pulled chicken or pork is sometimes added to the mix. It is commonly garnished with cream crema, shredded queso fresco, raw onion rings and avocado slices. Chilaquiles can be served with refried beans, eggs (scrambled or fried), meat and guacamole as side dish.
The chilaquiles served here were delicious. Not greasy, and had just the right amount of chile verde to hold the dish together. The pico de gallo Sofia gave me added the perfect zing to my lovely breakfast. I was happy we chose to split the meal, as even a half portion was more than enough, and kept me full all day.
I wish I could say this diner was a perfect gem. My only gripe is their parking. There’s only 4 spots behind the restaurant, so your only choice is to park on the street. Gaffey is a busy street, and you have to parallel park which makes it even more difficult. Instead, we parked about a block away near the Von’s market. If you can over look the parking, their food is excellent and the prices are reasonable. They are only open for breakfast and lunch, and give a discount if you pay with cash.