2301 Willow Pass Rd , Concord , CA 94520 | 925.609.9119 | website
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3am; Sat-Sun 8am-3am
The Guzman family opened the first La Pinata in Hayward in 1983 and have been expanding ever since. This family-owned establishment now has ten locations in the Bay Area! We recently went to the La Pinata in Concord with my parents for their delicious Mexican breakfast. It’s a few blocks from Todos Santos Park, in a spacious light filled building with a lovely shaded outdoor patio and a large parking lot. They claim to have the largest selection of 100% Blue Agave Tequila in Northern California.
I consider La Pinata to be one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, although I only go there for breakfast, which is so good that I never have even looked at anything else on the menu. The best thing is that they offer Mexican Breakfast all day (the American breakfast is only served 9am-noon) ! They have an all you can eat brunch on Sundays, but I prefer to order off the menu because I like to have my food cooked to order, not sitting in steam plates. No matter what time of day you are dining, they will drop off a bowl of their spicy salsa and warm tortilla chips. The salsa is just spicy enough to make your lips tingle and burn in anticipation.
My favorite thing on the menu are the chilaquiles. Pronounced Chee-lah-KEE-lays, they are a traditional Mexican dish served for breakfast (supposed to be great for hangovers), a great way to use up leftover corn tortillas. The tortillas are cut into pieces and fried to a crisp, mixed with green or red salsa then simmered until the tortilla begins to soften and absorb some of the sauce.
Chilaquiles Rojos ($8.45) Three Eggs scrambled with tortilla chips, onions & tomatoes topped with queso fresco cheese, served with rice and beans. They are sublime, the tortilla is still crunchy but infused with the flavor of the sauce, topped with a smattering of raw onion, and gooey melted cheeses.
The other dish that I can’t pass up is the Huevos Divorciados ($8.65), or “Divorced Eggs,” which features two fried eggs separated by a mound of those chilaquiles that I am besotted with (you can choose between green or red), along with refried beans and rice. One egg is smothered in a thick rich red chili sauce, it is the same sauce that is served over red enchiladas, while the other is covered in a tangy salsa verde, giving them distinct and complementary flavors.
Most of the time the eggs are cooked just how I like them, soft and the yolks running into the surrounding sauce, which is so good scooped up with a tortilla chip with a bit of the beans topped with gooey melted cheese. A dollop of the spicy salsa is really good with this too.
Once in a great while I am able to transcend my obsession with the chilaquiles and will order the Huevos Rancheros ($7.75) A fried corn tortilla topped with two fried eggs that are smothered in Salsa Ranchera and cheese served with refried beans and rice. The salsa ranchera is a cooked sauce made with tomatoes, onion and bell pepper and is a stunner when combined with the runny egg yolk and rich gooey refried beans.
Occasionally I will stray over to the New Mexico Enchiladas ($11.69) which are made with lightly fried corn tortillas layered with tender chunks of chicken and cheese, topped with the delectable rich red chili sauce, melted cheese, and two fried eggs. This is a lip smacking good dish with the runny egg yolks mingling with the sauce, cheesy beans and the rice which soaks up the savory flavors.
Mr. K will often just get two eggs with rice and beans and help me finish my plate of divorciados. These are all served with your choice of corn or flour tortillas. We love rolling up the beans and rice in the tortilla and then topping the eggs with the spicy salsa.
For the entire time from when we sat down and ordered and just before our food arrived, we watched this fellow slice oranges and run them through the juicer.
So of course, Mr. K had to have a glass of the fresh squeezed OJ.
We live near the original La Pinata #1 in Hayward, which is tiny and cramped, but close to home when I need a quick chilequile fix. Mr. K has long shanks so we always get our feet tangled up under the table here and the interior can be uncomfortably stuffy, so we generally go to the San Leandro location which has nice cushy booths and better ventilation. I think the #1 location is cute though, no? This is the only location that doesn’t serve the Sunday brunch…
I believe that this dish is what I would ask for my last meal…