The old pastry chef from Houston Country Club welcomes every newcomer to his tiny restaurant and bakery with sincere appreciation, and I marvel at the satisfied expression of a man contented. La Guadalupana is his baby, molded after his own vision into a bright, welcoming space that serves the freshest Mexican breakfast, lunch, and dinner around.
Breakfast egg dishes -- like chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and tacos -- shine with flavor and freshness. The tortas at lunchtime are wonderful, served on soft buns with flavorful meats and fresh lettuce, tomato, and avocado. The spinach and cheese enchiladas, though a little too creamy, had a marvelous taste to them. My favorite, though, were the chicken enchiladas verdes, which came topped with shredded lettuce and queso fresco alongside rice and beans.
But wait, there’s more! Beyond the meals, La Guadalupana does the “extras” right. Don’t leave without trying the cinnamon-y Mexican coffee or the fabulous pastries; the almond croissant is downright awesome -- not pasty as many others are. And the tres leches is the best in town: loads of vanilla and the perfect consistency.
Ingredients are fresh and clean. The food is prompt and delicious. And no fewer than four servers, each as cheerful and unassuming as the last, will stop by to check in. It is family-owned, and family-run, and that’s what makes it golden.
La Guadalupana – 2109 Dunleavy