This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.
Ninfa's may not like what I'm about to encourage you to do, but that's tough. I can't help it if two of my favorite items are on two different dishes. Order them both if you've got a friend who likes shredded pork-laced chicharrones and scrambled eggs with potatoes. But if it's just you, order the desayuno mexicano and ask for the eggs on the huevos al habañil instead of the scrambled egg-potato concoction that comes with it. (Alternately, if you just order the huevos al habañil, you'll have to replace the chicharrones on that dish with steak.)
Either way, just make sure you end up with the steak in the first picture above and the eggs in the second picture. From there, you're golden.
The steak is that same buttery-soft skirt steak that Ninfa's on Navigation has long used for its beef fajitas, the same fajitas from Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Dishes list last year, equally flavorful yet somehow softer here at breakfast. On top is a simple, warm, smooth salsa that seems almost entirely composed of roasted tomatoes and a touch of cumin.
The eggs are gently poached in a terrine of diced tomatoes, onions and poblano peppers, the yolks turning the vegetables into an incredibly rich sauce when you break them. Although the steak certainly doesn't need any other accompaniment inside of a hot flour tortilla, putting the egg sauce on top launches this simple, do-it-yourself breakfast taco into orbit.
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The list so far:
No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's No. 91: Chupacabra pizza from ERA No. 90: Roast chicken from El Norteño No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil No. 88: Frank the Pretzel from Eatsie Boys No. 87: Caldo Tlalpeño from Tacos del Julio No. 86: English pea soup at Brasserie 19 No. 85: Falafel from Zabak's No. 84: Buttermilk-fried pork loin with fried eggs at Canopy No. 83: Grillades and grits from BB's Cajun Cafe No. 82: Haemul dolsot from Seoul House No. 81: Pandan waffles at Parisian Bakery III No. 80: Pita bread and hummus at Phoenicia No. 79: Goat pepper soup at Peppersoup Cafe No. 78: Melon and Texas feta salad from Beaver's No. 77: Hot Italian beef from BB's Beef & Hot Dog No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe No. 75: Pancakes from Fountain View Cafe No. 74: Hobnobs from Fluff Bake Bar No. 73: Chu chee eggplant from Nidda Thai No. 72: Sausage sampler from King's Biergarten No. 71: Shawarma from Abdallah's No. 70: Moules-frite at the Broken Spoke No. 69: Hong Kong-style French toast at House of Bowls No. 68: Sashimi sampler at Sushi Miyagi No. 67: Baleadas from Honduras Mayan No. 66: Snow ice from Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki No. 65: Boudin balls from MerCheri's No. 64: Miso ramen at Umai No. 63: Grim burger at Lankford Grocery No. 62: Dabeli at Bansuri Indian Food Corner No. 61: Wine and cupcakes at 13 Celsius No. 60: Pâté de France from Spec's