Hey New Mexico hounds! I'm always excited to return to your fair state for the great weather and great chow. As usual, we had a phenomenal time eating our way through Santa Fe and, especially, Albuquerque. A few trip highlights:
Sadie's - been here many times before, but this was the first time I'd ever had the burger that put them on the map. Oh. My. God. Easily made my all-time top 10 burger list. I got a red chile cheeseburger, the wife got a green chile cheeseburger, and ironically we each nominally preferred the other's. But both were great, big but not obscene, perfectly toasted bun, delicious disc fries to go with. This burger instantly became a must-have when anywhere nearby.
Flying Star - again, been here many times before, but wanted to give a special shout-out to their hamentaschen. I love my Jewish grandmother very dearly, but she can't make hamentaschen anywhere near this good. They appear to use the same dough as they do for their excellent iced butter cookies, shaping it into the requisite triangle, coating it with coarse sugar, and filling it with a very tasty prune-based center.
Café Pasqual's - this place had been on my radar screen for a while, but this was our first visit. I'm really conflicted about this place. On one hand, the pros: tasty food with interesting upscale Southwestern accents, thoughtful selection of wines by the glass, good homemade desserts. On the other hand, the minuses: seriously overpriced, a bit loud and cramped, and at the end of the day, I could cook it all at home. Regardless, a nice evening. Highlights: baked brie sprinkled with red chile and served with roasted garlic and fresh salsa (I'm totally knocking this dish off for dinner parties), filet with green chile, blackberry pie.
Taco Cabana - much like Albuquerque took the Double Rainbow franchise and slowly converted it into the truly distinctive Flying Star, the TCs here are vastly better than I've had anywhere else. If there are better flour tortillas anywhere in the known universe, I'd like to know about them. Top-notch everything: breakfast tacos, salsas, green chile, enchiladas, beans. And cheap to boot -- what's not to love?