The building that once housed Rodolfo’s Café on Edgefield Avenue.

A strange item came across the Oak Cliff desk this morning.

In a story about “hall-of-fame” enchiladas, Houston Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook brought up the time she had mashed-potato enchiladas.

Aeons ago, I ran across some surprisingly fetching mashed-potato enchiladas at a long-gone joint in the Dallas neighborhood Oak Cliff. I liked them enough to recreate them at home afterwards…

I had to know what she was talking about, and I quickly figured out it was Rodolfo’s Café, the highly regarded hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mex joint on Edgefield Avenue. The cafe was around in the ’80s and early ’90s, but I can’t figure out when it closed exactly. I’m sure one of you will tell me. Even though I was around these parts back then, my favorite restaurant in 1991 was Chili’s, and I never went to Rodolfo’s.

A 1988 Texas Monthly story about weird enchiladas mentions Rodolfo’s “Idaho enchiladas” too:

Rodolfo’s also came up recently because of the 30th anniversary of the film “Born on the Fourth of July,” because the restaurant’s interior was turned into a bait and tackle shop for the movie, which was filmed partially in Elmwood.

Check out this 1988 news story about that.