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Morning Machaca

This tiny East End restaurant — attached to a dried-beef factory — serves tasty, old-school Tex-Mex classics.

Here, the entomatadas are one of the rare dishes that feature shredded chicken instead of beef, all soft and buttery under a few soft corn tortillas. They're like enchiladas in a way, except served with that plush tomato sauce that's more like an Italian red sauce than chili gravy — especially if the restaurant, like Los Corrales does, leaves out the sharp heat of serrano peppers in favor of making the dish more mild.

I've noticed a tendency for the restaurant to do this in nearly every dish I expected to be spicy, including the salsa and the aporreado. But Tex-Mex — especially in Houston — is by its very nature Americanized. And as go our wimpy palates, so goes the heat level of the food. I admit that I often find myself wishing that there was more spice and swagger to the food here.

But then I remind myself that it's Tex-Mex at its core, not interior Mexican, and that Los Corrales should be commended for keeping the old classics alive and well. Add in the fact that you're eating in a tiny, four-table addition to a dried-beef factory, and both the excellent, homestyle food and the warm service at Los Corrales seem even more amazing.

Los Corrales is one of the few places in town that serve aporreado.
Troy Fields
Los Corrales is one of the few places in town that serve aporreado.

katharine.shilcutt@houstonpress.com

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JRDS55
JRDS55

BEST MACHACADO IN TEXAS ,....AJHUUA !!!

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Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Machacado con huevo is my all-time favorite Mexican breakfast.

Goodsonlaura
Goodsonlaura

Guadalupana's machaca (along with everything else) is amazing, and with the salsa's, or even better some additional pico, there is plenty of spice. yum.

Leo Marroquin
Leo Marroquin

Ask them where they get there machaca from next time you go.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

One of the reasons I like La Guadalupana and La Mexicana both so much: machaca from Los Corrales!

 
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