Ugly Beauty: more Mexican from the road

Above: It wasn’t pretty but this ugly beauty* sure tasted good… Huevos Rancheros with chile verde sauce and beef at Vallejo’s in Sacramento.

No better cure for the after-effects of an epic wine dinner than a piping-hot plate of huevos rancheros, ranch-style eggs. I had never seen the dish prepared with a chile verde or green chili sauce (typically, it is drowned in red chili sauce), nor had I seen it topped with chicken or beef (the latter option above). Vallejo’s also offers “vegetarian” huevos rancheros (I guess the qualifier vegetarian reflects an attitude that eggs do not belong to the realm of carnivory).

Above: a carnitas (roast pork) burrito from Don Carlos in La Jolla.

Whoever parked the domain name “” is a genius.

A surfboard painted like a Mexican flag at Don Carlos. The restaurant lost its license to sell beer (which is too bad) but it’s still a So Cal classic burrito joint.

* I believe that “Ugly Beauty” was Thelonious Monk’s only waltz.

4 thoughts on “Ugly Beauty: more Mexican from the road

  1. “Ugly Beauty” was supposedly on the original “Straight, No Chaser” sessions. The album was remastered and filled out without “Ugly Beauty”. The extended solos are all there now in their razor sharp tightness. Ted Macero edited out a lot of good stuff. LP constraints whatever. The liners are very interesting. He did the remaster too. “Japanese Folk Song” is one great instrumental give and take. It is what jazz is all about.

  2. The web domain is my idea, thank you. I have already had numerous corp mexican food places wanting too buy it. And we do sell beer. I was a misunderstanding. I had last years permit posted and did not have this years one up. We are selling beer now. Thank You

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