Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in the comments.
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#87 Deviled Eggs at Nielsen's Deli, 4500 Richmond
Deviled eggs and buttered bread at Nielsen's makes a sensational automotive breakfast -- it's cheap and it's easy to eat with one hand. And the flavor is over-the-top. The secret is Nielsen's mayonnaise. Mayo connoisseurs have been known to drive across town just to buy Nielsen's famous housemade mayo.
That extra rich, fresh-made mayonnaise is what makes the egg salad sandwich at Nielsen's taste so good. But the huge egg salad sandwich is a little too much for breakfast. (And at $6.60, it ain't cheap.) You are better off with two deviled eggs at 75 cents each and a slice of buttered rye bread--it tastes just like a half an egg salad sandwich, and with tax, this awesome deviled egg breakfast comes to $1.86. And if you are really smart, you will buy a pint of that insane mayonnaise for $6.25.
The list to date: #100: Green Chile Chicken Kebabs at Chatkhara Grill #99: The All-Day Burrito at Cherry Top Bakery #98: "You Buy We Fry" Trout Basket at Hank's Fish Market #97: Chicharron de Barriga at La Michoacana Meat Market # 10 #96: Pakistani Breakfast at Kings Chicken #95: Fried Mojarra at Taqueria Jesus Maria #94: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake Ball at Coffee Groundz #93:Cheeseburger at Leonard's Famous Burgers #92: Lasagna at Doyle's #91: Cochinita Pibil at Tacos La Bala #90: Fajita Tacos at Taqueria El Charro #89 Kubideh and Zereshk Polo at Kasra Persian Grill #88: Trentino Gelato's Dulce de Leche at Shisha