Huevos Rancheros: Bonita Restaurant

This fairly new restaurant on Daly join the ranks of HR reviews kinda by accident. I’d gone in to have a bowl of soup but you know, things happen.

(Not on the current menu!)

For as long as I’ve lived in LH, this little hole in the wall place, despite going through various changes, has remained a Chinese food place, usually one of those where you pick 2 or 3 items from the steamers to go with the chow mein. Last year they changed it up, got rid of the pre-made food and you could order Hot and Sour soup (my favorite soup style!) which was decent despite the use of eggs. Of course, that place didn’t last too long but at least they remodeled the place.

Now it’s known as the oddly named Bonita Restaurant and until recently their limited menu was this one on the wall. Some very basic stuff (mostly meat based) along with a few breakfast options, mostly Mexican and American style foods.

They didn’t have Huevos Rancheros, so the first time I had an American style omelet, complete with potatoes. But the cook explained that they are also focusing on different daily soups, including many veggie options. I’m a fan of soups, I’d be back.

I came back for my soup a few days ago only to find out they’ve now removed the wall menu and have real printed ones, and it’s mostly Mexican fare including Huevos Rancheros. As you can see in the picture above, I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity! The soup will have to wait.

First thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t come your typical Mexican rice, instead they offer this white rice with garlic and veggie bits that was very nice and almost a meal onto itself, similar to the kind you tend to get at places like 7 Mares. Under the eggs was a perfectly fried thick tortilla (maybe on of those gourmet ones from El Dorado?) doused with a deep red, spicy sauce that no doubt uses either chipotle or chile arbol. There’s also lots of fresh cilantro in the salsa ranchera mix for a clean spicy taste that I’m looking forward to trying again. The beans were better than average but I can’t remember why. Overall, a very satisfying breakfast.

Most new restaurants are rarely consistent (at least not those within my preferred income bracket) so I’m crossing my fingers the next time I stop by I’ll get something similar. For now, it’s a great sign of good things to come.

Bonita Restaurant 323.342.0477
2423 Daly St. in Beautiful Lincoln Heights!

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9 Responses to Huevos Rancheros: Bonita Restaurant

  1. silvia says:

    mouth watering here.

  2. Santiago says:

    Nothing cures a depression like a full stomach. Mmm- mmm!!! Bon appetit

  3. moon says:

    That looks spectacular. Maybe I’m just too hungry right now but I could slurp up those beans.

    Since you are a vegetarian do you eat beans that have been fried in lard?

  4. You’re right — rice, when prepared correctly, is a damn good meal. That’s some mighty fine rice you have in that plate. I have not had huevos rancheros in years. I think I might go out and get some when I go back to L.A. in December.

  5. Or I’m just hungry for any sort of Mexican food. I think that’s it.

  6. Pamela says:

    I’ve seen two owners come and go here and was afraid to hope. Now I see I am missing out on my new neighborhood joint. Can’t wait (although I am still basking in the glow of the Albondigas soup at Martha’s across the way).

  7. rolo says:

    i shouldnt read read these posts before breakfast =/

  8. EL CHAVO! says:

    I try to avoid beans with lard but I’m more of a don’t-ask-don’t-tell vegetarian, so sometimes I end up eating them even when I know I shouldn’t. I try to stick with my ethics but I’m obviously not overly strict.

  9. moon says:

    I forgot to comment on the first breakfast, that slice of plastic cheese melted over the eggs makes we want to gag.

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