Having visited El Tiempo many times, at a recent Valentine's Day brunch I decided to change up my usual order of eggs and enchiladas with pecan pancakes and try something different. I spotted pork chops on the breakfast back page and suspected I'd found a winner.
The chops didn't disappoint. With a little prompting from my server, I ordered them Mexicana-style instead of grilled. That essentially means they are flat-top-fried with chunky peppers, onions and tomatoes served on top.
The two pork chops were just slightly overcooked for my liking, but the salsa on top helped to make them juicier. I also ordered eggs over-medium, and everything went together in perfect yolky breakfast harmony.
The "green rice" at El Tiempo is a must, and it worked really well with the whole package. Fresh tortillas came on the side, just in case I had the desire to cut up my chops and cram them inside.
I would pit El Tiempo's chips and salsa service -- with those warm red and cool, creamy green salsas -- up against any other Houston restaurant's. This was a return visit to an old favorite, and there really is no place like home.
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