Off the Wall: Is El Rey's Breakfast the Real Deal?

Last week, we introduced the Favorite Three entry. It featured various EOW bloggers' opinions on favorite breakfast spots. El Rey Taqueria ranked #3 for Katharine Shilcutt. One reader, ShitThowingMonkey, took great offense to this: "As a self-proclaimed expert on the subject, I think all breakfast tacos at El Rey, save the bacon and egg, are shit. Very weird, because I think most of their lunch/dinner tacos are very good. I like to get the Tres Amigos taco plate and mix it up."

To El Rey I went. I ordered two sausage, egg, bean and cheese tacos with a small coffee. The coffee was excellent -- strong enough to say "good morning," but not so powerful that I got the jitters. I'd order it again in a rapid heartbeat.

My breakfast tacos were good, not great, but certainly not "shit," as described by ShitThowingMonkey. There wasn't much to complain about with the filling--the meat, egg and cheese were quite tasty and plentiful. But the tortilla was off. It was a little thick for my preference and didn't have that homemade, just prepared taste to it.

Don't get me wrong, I'd get these tacos again, but given that Alamo Tamale Factory is closer to my work, I'll probably stick with that.

Here's something that shouldn't be overlooked. The El Rey on Ella has a drive-thru. This scores big points in my book. If you're in a hurry, or have kids, or both, quality drive-thru eating establishments like El Rey are heaven-sent.

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