Friday, December 26, 2008

La Guadalupana

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


Ann said...

located next to a washateria, this yummy food restaurant is a mix of all ages and ethnicities. The vampiro and other (healthy) drinks are delicious. Glad to get food suggestions

eb said...

La Guadalupana is wonderful.

I was just there the other day and they have two new spinach enchilada dishes - one with shrimp. It's awesome.

yvette.cleveland said...

A wonderful restaurant owned and operated by the even more wonderful Diaz family! Living only blocks away, La Guadalupana became my family's Friday night restaurant tradition for almost a decade! We moved to Dallas (uggh) a year ago, but still stop by La Guadalupana for a bite to eat every time we're in Houston!