Sometimes you go to a Mexican seafood spot to get seafood. And sometimes, despite it being the middle of the afternoon, you go for breakfast. It wasn’t exactly the plan, but when I entered Baja Mar in Monrovia, I just couldn’t get my eyes off of the chilaquiles. Thus, I forewent shrimp and fish tacos for those delicious breakfast nachos.
Now, I’m not sure if chilaquiles are generally considered a breakfast food, but in America, when you throw an egg on something it almost automatically becomes breakfast. Egg on a pizza? Breakfast pizza. Egg on a burger? Breakfast burger. Eggs on nachos? Chilaquiles.
This variety came with sides of cheesey refried beans and rice that were just big as the main course. The chilaquiles were doused in an enchilada-esque sauce, cheese, scrambled eggs and…well shit…onions. I hadn’t been expecting these, but did my best to avoid them. It was a valiant effort, but a lot of work for mid-afternoon breakfast. The chips were of the variety you normally get at such corner Mexican spots and I did appreciate the salsa bar. It almost made up for the onions.
I wouldn’t necessarily turn Baja Mar into my regular Mexican haunt, but if I lived in the neighborhood I’d be pretty happy with the results.