|Eggs and cactus with beans and tortillas (and a side of chorizo potatoes)|
R&R is the taqueria in the Shell Station on U.S. 1 and Rte 175, but it opens early for eggs, sandwiches and other breakfasts. Mostly take-out, but the '34 Act Gourmet and I ate at the small counter looking out over the gas pumps.
For $6, you get a full styrofoam plate of fresh food. I went with eggs and cactus. The Gourmet ate huevos rancheros. The kitchen filled out both our plates with rice, beans, cheese and tortillas. Everything works at R&R. Earthy beans. The lightly-spicy ranchero sauce. The slightly sour contrast of cactus with hot eggs and fresh salsa.
R&R makes a series of salsas. I can't track them. I got a chunky tomato, onion and pepper salsa with my eggs, and I asked for a second container. They're surprisingly fresh and flavorful for any restaurant -- let alone one in a gas station.
Then, I doubled the load with chorizo potatoes. Diced hash browns crisped on the griddle, then mixed with a little cheese and crumbled chorizo. Not that much meat actually. Just enough to flavor the dish and sheen the potatoes with grease. The plate just made me happier than most breakfasts because I kept scooping up variety on R&R's delicious corn tortillas. A little salsa and eggs. A little beans and chorizo. Just eggs. Just beans. Repeat.
Most of the people flowing through R&R were gearing up for real work. Landscapers, a Sears delivery guy. . . I earned my breakfast -- including chorizo -- by getting 20 bags of mulch and spending hours spreading that around my yard. R&R is just east of the Columbia Lowe's, which makes it a perfect stop if you're doing errands.
R&R serves a range of omelets and breakfast sandwiches. We ordered from the Mexican eggs, but they'll also make breakfast tacos or breakfast burritos. Check out the menu here.
If you want to try eggs and cactus at home, you can buy cactus in the produce section at Lily's Mexican Market in Columbia.