The Carnicería Connoisseur: Mystery Meats at La Michoacana #3 on Wilcrest

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The $1.25 breakfast tacos from Michoacana # 3 on Wilcrest hit the spot on a recent Saturday morning. I like the huevos con chorizo with a heavy hit of the housemade red salsa. Huevos with ham and huevos with potatoes are the other egg tacos – they all come on your choice of homemade flour or corn tortillas. I rounded out my morning meal with a coffee for 75 cents and a giant cantaloupe agua fresca for $1.75.

The breakfast tacos are served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. only, but best get there early. The eggs get dried out sitting on the steam table. If that’s too early for you, no problem. Nopalitos, carnitas and barbacoa tacos are the same price; fajitas and other beef tacos are slightly higher.

Photos by Robb Walsh

A lot of people find the selection of “mystery meats” in the typical carniceria steam-table setup unappetizing. But La Michoacana #3 does a nice job on both the selection and the presentation. Batter-covered chile rellenos, whole fried fish, fat tamales and a dozen kinds of grilled and stewed meats lure your gaze. And a couple of appealing plate lunch suggestions are displayed on top.

Take it home or have a seat. There are stools at the counter and a half-dozen booths where you can sit down alongside the produce section and eat your tacos. It’s quite a circus on Saturday mornings. – Robb Walsh

La Michoacana Meat Market #3, 1419 Wilcrest, 713-782-5569

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