A very long story that I'll try to shortin' up.
In July '69, as the result of a coin toss, I hitchhiked from Pennsylvania to Grants, instead of going to Woodstock. My bro took me to a local restaurant, Jaramillo's Mexicatessen, for the first "Mexican" meal of my life. Bro ordered me a red chile enchilada (stacked, NM style) w/ a fried egg on top. It was love at first bite. The chile was thick and picante, rich and delicious.
Descendants of the Jaramillos now run Nana's Cafe on old 66 and the red chile is just the same. The red chile enchilada plate is $6.60 and the egg is a buck extra. It comes w/ 2 sopapaillas, which are also really excellent. Damn, it's good. The bowl of red chile comes w/out beans, which I love, but one can ask for beans. I know of no place in Albuquerque that has red chile this good.
Grants, an old uranium mining town, could host the boarded store festival, but there is really wonderful hiking in the area. A meal at Nana's after a long hike, would really top the day and it's BYOB!
The cafe also has a mini mining museum. On the back wall, hang the same style helmet, lamp and battery that I wore as a miner in the 70's. A wee bit of nostalgia here.
Let me know what you think.
ps El Cafecito, also on old 66, is always crowded, but the food, with the exception of the breakfast burritos, is, at best, mediocre. Go figure.
519 W. Sante Fe Ave
11 am to 7 pm
505 285 3447
820 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020