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4 Great Mexican Breakfasts That Will Make You a Morning Person

Chilaquiles at Taqueria Habanero. Photograph by Scott Suchman

This comes from our 2017 Cheap Eats list, our guide to inexpensive ethnic dining in the region.

Chilaquiles at Taqueria Habanero

Whether you’re hung over or not, this classic morning-after dish hits the spot. A stack of freshly fried and chopped house-made corn tortillas is smothered in smoky red or green salsa, crema, and runny eggs. 3710 14th St., NW; 202-722-7700.

Tamales With Atole at Taqueria La Placita

We love the pork-heavy tacos, but morning calls for something milder—tamales stuffed with chicken and salsa verde, accompanied by a glass of atole (sweet corn juice). 5020 Edmonston Rd., Hyattsville; 301-277-4477.

Huevos Rancheros at Pica Taco

This rancher-style dish gets a homey preparation at Maria Villalta’s cafe. Soft-cooked eggs are cocooned in a zesty tomato-pepper sauce and warm tortillas, then served with black beans, rice, and fat slices of avocado. 1406 Florida Ave., NW; 202-518-6820.

Menudo at Taqueria Distrito Federal

Fiery tripe-and-cow-hoof soup may seem like a lot after a late night, but regulars swear by this fortifying weekend specialty, in a cauldron-like bowl with a side of chopped onion, cilantro, and lime. 3463 14th St., NW; 202-276-7331.

This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Washingtonian. 

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.