On a recent thread regarding recommendations for New Mexican dining in Santa Fe (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9179...) a discussion broke out regarding the fact that it is sometimes easier to find good specific dishes for NM cuisine than an overall best restaurant. It started with this comment from finlero:
"It took me several years living in NM to have an "aha moment" that different NM restaurants have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to specific dishes. Once place might kick butt with its carne adovada burrito with red, but its chiles rellenos in green might suck. So while there's a lot of healthy debate on CH and elsewhere about "best NM food", that's kind of a huge oversimplification."
So let's try it. Restaurant by restaurant and dish by dish, who do you think does what well, and poorly?
I'll start with a few:
Best heuvos rancheros of my life at Tesuque Village Market
Amazing red chilli chicken tamale at Cafe Pasquals
Excellent vegetarian tamales at El Parasol, and hands down the best posole I've had
Anyone had good experiences with menudo? The version I had at Atrisco was passable, but not amazing.