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Huevos rancheros have become an American favorite, and these restaurants do it best.

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it's practically doctor's orders to eat huevos rancheros. Not only is this Mexican dish deeply satisfying, but it's also filled with protein, good carbohydrates, and enough spice to wake you up.

First devised as a mid-morning meal for ranch workers, huevos rancheros have popped up on restaurant menus in the southwestern U.S. and beyond. The hearty dish traditionally features tortillas topped with two fried eggs, covered in a piquant, red ranchero sauce. In Houston, La Guadalupana Bakery & Café prepares a classic huevos rancheros that has kept folks coming back for more than a decade.

But the dish's inherent simplicity leaves ample room for experimentation, and some chefs have been eager to add creative twists. At The Kenwood in Minneapolis, chef Don Saunders's huevos rancheros are finished with a Mexican-spiced pork shoulder in a harissa vinaigrette. You can slice into a gamey venison version at Town Tavern, outside Detroit, or have your huevos rancheros combined with nachos at Katalina's in Columbus, OH.

Even vegans can get their fill of huevos rancheros (with tofu, daikon sprouts, and gluten-free tortillas), thanks to chef Miranda Megill of Flore in L.A. "The smell of onions and peppers being cooked down is one of my favorite olfactory experiences in the kitchen," says Megill. And we agree.

Whet your appetite with more home cooking at the best huevos rancheros spots.

Best Huevos Rancheros in the U.S.

Huevos rancheros have become an American favorite, and these restaurants do it best.

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it's practically doctor's orders to eat huevos rancheros. Not only is this Mexican dish deeply satisfying, but it's also filled with protein, good carbohydrates, and enough spice to wake you up.

First devised as a mid-morning meal for ranch workers, huevos rancheros have popped up on restaurant menus in the southwestern U.S. and beyond. The hearty dish traditionally features tortillas topped with two fried eggs, covered in a piquant, red ranchero sauce. In Houston, La Guadalupana Bakery & Café prepares a classic huevos rancheros that has kept folks coming back for more than a decade.

But the dish's inherent simplicity leaves ample room for experimentation, and some chefs have been eager to add creative twists. At The Kenwood in Minneapolis, chef Don Saunders's huevos rancheros are finished with a Mexican-spiced pork shoulder in a harissa vinaigrette. You can slice into a gamey venison version at Town Tavern, outside Detroit, or have your huevos rancheros combined with nachos at Katalina's in Columbus, OH.

Even vegans can get their fill of huevos rancheros (with tofu, daikon sprouts, and gluten-free tortillas), thanks to chef Miranda Megill of Flore in L.A. "The smell of onions and peppers being cooked down is one of my favorite olfactory experiences in the kitchen," says Megill. And we agree.

Whet your appetite with more home cooking at the best huevos rancheros spots.

Danya Henninger

Best Huevos Rancheros in the U.S.

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