Everyday Eats: Chilaquiles at The Mission

This savory dish is a lot like a breakfast burrito, but with a smoky, slightly spicy kick.



Everyone needs a dependable spot for breakfast, the unfussiest of meals, when what often matters most is efficiently delivering food to a growling stomach. For me, that's The Mission. The cinnamon swirl French toast is legendary, but for those times when I don't want to fight the urge to immediately crawl back into bed after a carb-heavy, sugar-loaded breakfast, I'm all about the chilaquiles ($8.50).

It's a dish that's never exactly the same from one restaurant to another. Some places go heavy on the salsa, while others shellac the whole plate with a layer of melted cheese, turning it into what looks like a Mexican lasagna. The Mission takes a more measured approach. The chips are lightly coated with a roasted tomato-ginger sauce--not so much that they get soggy, but just enough to soften them--making it taste like they've been reversed to their original state (corn tortillas). There's some seasoned black beans on the bottom, scrambled eggs and chipotle crema on top, along with a few scattered pieces of diced tomato and scallion. Another bonus: because it's savory, yet still contains eggs, it perfectly straddles the breakfast/lunch dividing line, making it equally great for an early or mid-day meal. 

With the eggs, beans, scallions, and tomatoes, this dish shares a lot of common elements with a breakfast burrito, but swapping out the flour tortilla for some chips with a slightly spicy kick (and a gob of smoky chipotle crema to tie the whole thing together) really makes all the difference. If you need a bit more protein, or want to split a plate among two people, you can always add chicken and avocado. 

The Mission is located in North Park, Mission Beach and downtown, in the East Village see themissionsd.com for a full list.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

’Tis the Season for San Diego Fun

Here's where to play and stay this winter in America’s Finest City

We Chat with the Crew behind Hornblower Cruises and Events Aboard the High Spirits Ship

Sponsored by Hornblower
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Problem With Bright Red Tuna
    Many Americans still think bright red tuna means it’s fresher (it’s not)
  2. First Look: Animae
    Puffer Malarkey Restaurants unveil 5.5 million-dollar pan-Asian concept
  3. The Hunt For San Diego's Best Chicken Wings
    How wings became the No. 1 kickoff food in the U.S., and our hunt for the best
  4. Jason Mraz and his Historic Coffee Bean
    The singer and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters unveil the first California-grown Geisha coffee
  5. How San Diego Are You?
    Take our quiz to see where you land on the newcomer to old-timer spectrum
  6. The SoCal (Social Calendar!)
    From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module