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Buen Provecho!

Welcome to the home of the Mexican breakfast

By Kate Thornberry, March 18, 2011, Food

Curra's Grill

614 E. Oltorf, 444-0012
Sunday-Thursday, 7am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 7am-11pm

As much as it's a beat-up neighborhood dive, Curra's Grill fairly staggers under the weight of all the critical awards it has received. Consistently listed among the best restaurants in Texas in Texas Monthly, and voted "Best Cup o' Joe on a Sunday Morning" and "Best All-Day Mexican Breakfast" in the Chronicle's "Best of Austin" awards, Curra's Grill has always stood ready to assume the Las Manitas mantle.

Breakfast is served here at all times. The brunch menu boasts 12 fabulous and authentic egg dishes, as well as create-your-own breakfast tacos. In addition to the usual huevos rancheros and migas (both $4.99), there are such delights as huevos Motuleños (two eggs over refried black beans with chipotle sauce and a fried banana, $6.99), huevos Sucios (two eggs, any style, smothered with mole and served with rice and beans, $7.99), huevos Curra's (two eggs, any style, served over carne guisada, $7.99), the Hungry Ranchero (Huevos Curra's plus two excellent house-made tamales, $8.99), huevos al Albañil (two eggs, any style, with pasilla and borracho sauce, $4.99), and huevos Montados (two eggs, any style, on a fresh corn tortilla smothered in sautéed onions and borracho sauce, $5.99).

Curra's makes its own fresh tortillas, both corn and flour, and every breakfast dish comes with your choice of two. Breakfast tacos are $1.50 each, and fillings include eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, chorizo, machacado, mushrooms, beans, ham, cheese, and vegetarian-chorizo. Curra's is also extremely vegetarian-friendly; the rich refried black beans, refried pinto beans, and whole black beans are all vegetarian, as is the cilantro rice. One of Curra's strongest points is the reliability of the kitchen; there is no unevenness in execution, not in the salsas, the eggs, or the meats. Go try it out.

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