I am finally back in the Duke City for awhile. One of the first places I wanted to checkout was Mad Max's. After having suggested some other bbq places on another chowhound thread, I learned that this was the new place in town.
So, late Wednesday afternoon I found myself driving down 528 [Rio Rancho Blvd] and I am being told by my grumbling stomach that it needs sustinance. And as I approach Sara Road, the "A-HA" moment strikes and I find myself pulling into the familiar parking lot. I had eaten at the place under it's previous ownership and always liked their cozy place with great New Mexican food.
It is about 3 pm and it is quiet. I walk in and notice the place has been spruced up. I walk up to the counter and start looking at the menu. Oh man, this is going to be tough -- beef brisket, pork, ribs, sausage. Sandwich or plate? I can't seem to make any decision for fear of making a bad one. Theresa, behind the counter offers me a drink while I ponder and tells me to take my time. A customer comes in and orders and I am still trying to decide. Then I hear the words that put a smile on my face "We are having a special, you can get 2 meats on a platter!" That's does it; I chose the brisket and pork. The choice of the 2 sides was easier: slaw and baked beans. It also comes with a slice of Texas toast.
I start chatting with Theresa telling her that I was from the area but have spent the last 2.5 years in SW Colorado and that I had read about Mad Max's on Chowhound.
Within moments, my platter is served up by Joseph [I hope I got his name right, my brain was concentrating on the food he was carrying] and it looks good and smells even better! The brisket is sliced thin and is tasty without being overly smokey. The shredded pork is moist and tender. The bbq sauce, in a squeeze bottle on the table, is a just right meld of tngy, smokey, hot and sweet.
The slaw is crisp and nicely dressed, not drowning in mayo. But the beans, oh my! They are excellent. Again, the correct flavors that compliment each other with out overpowering.
The texas toast was crisped nicely, not too much garlic and not oily at all.
Francis, one of the owner's, stopped by to chat. We had a great conversation of food [what else??] and I told her that I read about the place on here. Gil's name came up and she said I had just missed him as he was in earlier for lunch. Gil - you got this one spot on!!!
I am hoping to get back over there tomorrow for Mother's Day with my son who loves BBQ too.
Oh, my concern about making a bad decision that I mentioned above -- that won't be a problem - there isn't a bad one to be made here. The only mistake would be to not stop in for some great chow. It is a short drive from ABQ proper, but well worth it.
I dodn't want to forget that they have New Mexican standards as well; that will be for a future visit, for sure.
Mad Max's BBQ
1600 Sara Road
Rio Rancho NM