A family emergency a few weeks ago found us quite suddenly in Albuquerque New Mexico.
Now, coming from California we like Mexican food - Mexico Mexican, not New Mexico Mexican - but growing up in Colorado I love TexMex and New Mexico Mex too.
Well, we were in New Mexico, so what better place. Although jokingly my dad said that the state had run out of Hatch chilis. Ha Ha very funny. So the plan was to get our fill of chile rellenos, huevos rancheros (green, red or Christmas (both)), and the ubiquitous chili burger which of course can either have whole chili or chili sauce. My husband made it a personal quest to have a chili burger a day.
Here are our discoveries in the north west (?) part of town, as we were located in Rio Rancho for the week...
Gardunos, a local chain, has a pretty decent relleno, nice green chili sauce. Burger was so-so, their whole chilis were frozen so they gave sauce instead. Went to the branch near the Cottonwood Mall.
The Owl Cafe (also near the Cottonwood Mall I think on Coors) - we went their twice because we liked their green chili burger the best. Plus their fries and shakes are great as well. And the little side of beans & chili is a nice snack while waiting (in the crock pot by the soda machine).
Bob's Burgers... this is on Coors too I think, I can't remember. Man their red chili (Frito Pie) is SPICY! Their green chili on burgers was also a bit spicier than The Owl. I did not like as much but dad & husband loved it.
Little Anitas (you have to go there) on Corrales, for breakfast, went for huevos Christmas, yum. Husbad had adovado Christmas. Loved this as well, great home made tortillas & sopas.
Garcias... a little place that I probably could not find again.... it was kind of down past the Petroglyphs... We went there for dinner on our last night and wish we had found it sooner. Their rellenos were awesome - smoky and crispy, not too cheesy. And their green chili was very good as well. And they serve pozole & menudo every day (in CA it is Sabado Y Domingo only most places).
All in all a great trip for a bad reason. Now the stomach is slowly recovering LOL
One side note to this trip - belive it or not some interesting wines being made in this area! Gruet, well know maker of sparklers, has a spectacular Northern Rhone-style syrah.