Lone Stars | Bar Amá & Bludso's Bar-&-Que

Two mouthwatering takes on Texas-style breakfast tacos

The quest for the perfect flour tortilla: It's the first and most crucial step in recreating those cheesy, eggy tacos Texas expats long for.

At Bar Amá, where breakfast tacos ($9 for two) have been on the lunch menu since the restaurant's opening, chef Josef Centeno pats out thick flour tortillas by hand, filling them with well-seasoned carne guisada, scrambled eggs, sautéed potatoes or crumbled sausage.

Over at Bludso's Bar-&-Que, pitmaster Noah Galuten–partially inspired by Centeno–decided to serve breakfast tacos ($3 each) alongside Texas-style BBQ on Sunday mornings. In his words, "I couldn't think of a better combination: football, barbecue and tacos."

Breakfast tacos at Bludso's

Because he doesn't have the counter space to press out tortillas himself, Galuten has them custom-made at La Azteca Tortilleria in East L.A., a family-run operation known for its hubcap-sized flour tortillas.

Back in Bludso's kitchen, Galuten smokes potatoes until tender, then combines them with scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese for the ultimate filling. For a dollar extra you can add in a heap of smoky chopped brisket or pulled pork. Don't be shy with the electrifying green salsa, made with tomatillos that Galuten "smokes until they're about to collapse."

For now, Bludso's breakfast tacos are only available from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays for the duration of the NFL season. Here's to hoping that they make a strong postseason run.