Huevos Rancheros Warfare: Rokerij vs. Gallo Blanco
Shannon Armour Gallo Blanco's Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros, the traditional Mexican breakfast dish, is a menu staple at almost every drive-thru taco shop and Mexican eatery in the Valley. It's the perfect cure for a hangover and includes all five important elements of a hearty breakfast -- eggs, tortillas, beans, rice, and cheese.
Instead of pitting the standard Mexican food joints against each other, we decided to see how two of the Valley's upscale hot spots fare with the traditional dish.
Can the Rokerij's spicy green green sauce prevail over Gallo Blanco's cheese-packed plate?
In One Corner:
401 W. Clarendon Ave.
The Set Up: The charming Gallo Blanco Cafe is located on the ground floor of the ultra hip Clarendon Hotel. The bright, sleek interior has the expected modern touches -- lacquered wood tables with matching chairs, splashes of bright green and orange, local art work, and chalkboard specials -- and the comfy, wrap around patio is perfect for a spring lunch or evening cocktails. The menu features Chef Doug Robson's reasonably priced Mexico CIty style creations that utilize some of the best locally sourced ingredients around.
The Good: Blanco puts a slightly different spin on the traditional dish. Instead of a plain ol' lightly fried tortilla, Blanco tosses fried eggs on top of two small cheese quesadillas made with Blanco's house made tortillas and tangy queso oaxaco. The huevos then get a healthy dose of warm house made salsa and a dusting of freshly chopped cilantro. The beans (the best part of the dish) were light, creamy, and the perfect texture to go with the rest of the dish.
The bad: Unfortunately, the dish arrived at the table ice cold -- the cheese on the little quesadillas wasn't even the slightest bit meltly. We could have probably looked past that if there was some sort of awesome flavors on the plate but the dish was bland, bland, bland. No heat, no flavor, no bueno.