New Mexico Restaurant Index

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Abiquiu (1): Bode’s Mercantile

Alamogordo (1):   Rockin’ BZ Burgers

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Arroyo Seco (1): | Sabroso |

Belen (3): Circle T Burgers | Los Chavez Cafe | Pete’s Cafe |

Bernalillo (7): Abuelita’s  | Antojitos Lupe | Casa Diaz | The Chill Zone  | Freight House Kitchen & Tap Room | Kaktus Brewing Company | The Range |

Bibo (1):   Bibo Bar & Grille

Bosque Farms (1): Benny’s Mexican Kitchen

Carlsbad (3): Danny’s Place | Red Chimney Bar-B-Que | Yellow Brix Restaurant |

Cedar Crest (3):Burger Boy |Greenside Cafe 

Cerrillos (1):  Black Bird Saloon

Chimayo (1) | Rancho De Chimayo |

Corrales (6): Apple Tree Cafe | Corrales Bistro Brewery |Indigo Crow | Las Ristras Restaurant | Perea’s Tijuana Bar & Restaurant | Village Pizza |

Cuba (1): El Bruno |

Deming (2):  Forghedaboudit | Patio Cafe  

Edgewood (1): Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill

El Rito(1): El Farolito |

Embudo (1): | Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers |

Española (7): Angelina’s Restaurant | Dandy Burger | El Paragua | El Parasol| JoAnn’s Ranch O Casados | Mariscos La Playa | Stop & Eat|

Estancia (1): Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill

Farmington (1):  Clancy’s Pub

Gallup (2): El Rancho | Jerry’s Cafe |

Hatch (2): Pepper Pot | Sparky’s Burgers, Barbecue & Espresso

Hillsboro (1): Hillsboro General Store

Jemez Springs (1): Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon

La Mesa (1)CHOPE’S

Las Cruces (1): Nopalito’s

Las Vegas (1):  Landmark Grill

Los Lunas (2): Luna Mansion Landmark Steakhouse | Teofilo’s Restaurante

Madrid (2): The Hollar  | The Mine Shaft Tavern |

Magdalena (1): Magdalena Cafe |

Mesilla (2): Andele’s Dog House | La Posta

Moriarty (1): El Comedor De Anayas

Ojo Caliente (1): Rancho De San Juan

Peñasco (1): Sugar Nymphs Bistro

Pinos Altos (1): Buckhorn Tavern

Placitas (1): BLADES BISTRO | Placitas Cafe

Ranchos de Taos (2): Old Martina’s Hall | The Trading Post Cafe

Red River (1): Texas Reds |

Ribera (1)La Risa Cafe

Rio Rancho (31): A&W All American Food  | Aldo’s NY Pizzeria | Alicea’s NY Bagels & Subs | Banana Leaf | Best Lee’s | Blue Grasshopper Brew Pub | Cafe Bella |Cafe Trang’s Pho Bar | Cazuela’s Mexican Grill Davido’s Pizza & More | El Agave | Fat Squirrel Pub & GrilleFederico’s  | Heaven Dragon | Hot Tamales  | Joe’s Pasta House  | K’Lynn’s Cuisine | M’Tucci’s ModernoNamaste Restaurant  | Nori Ramen & Sushi Bar | O’Hare’s Grille & Pub | Pho Garden | The Point Grill | Saigon 2 Restaurant | Sal-E-Boy’s Pizzeria | Stack House BBQTao Chinese Bistro  | Toro Burger | Turtle Mountain Brewing Company  | Viet Rice | Weck’s

Roswell (1): Big D’s Downtown Dive |

San Antonio (4): Manny’s Buckhorn Tavern| The Owl Cafe | San Antonio Crane Mexican Restaurant | San Antonio General Store |

Sandia Crest (1): High Finance Restaurant

Santa Ana Pueblo (2): The Corn Maiden | Santa Ana Cafe

Socorro (4): Bodega Burger Co. & Lounge | El Camino Family Restaurant | Socorro Springs Brewing Company |Yo Mama’s Grill

Taos (5): The Alley Cantina | Gutiz | Michael’s Kitchen | Orlando’s | Taos Pizza Out Back

Taos Ski Valley (1): Stray Dog Cantina

Truth or Consequences (3): A & B Drive-In Latitude 33 | Los Arcos

White Rock (1): Pig + Fig Bakery & Cafe |

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22 comments

  • BOTVOLR

    Caveat: a bit off topic:
    I just ran across a notation RE Fry Bread and with the Gathering of Nations coming up…an Homage, if you will:

    Geesh…ya live here for eons…occasionally and excitedly enjoying the opportunity to munch on some Indian Fry Bread! Alas, one would think I’d know better by now…how embarrassing…but at least there’s time for me to still learn something new:
    “According to Navajo tradition, frybread was created in 1864 using the flour, sugar, salt and lard that was given to them by the United States government when the Navajo, who were living in Arizona, were forced to make the 300-mile journey known as The Long Walk and relocate to Bosque Redondo, NM onto land that could not easily support their traditional staples of vegetables and beans.

    For many Native Americans, “frybread links generation with generation and also connects the present to the painful narrative of Native American history”. It is often served both at home and at gatherings. The way it is served varies from region to region and different tribes have different recipes. It can be found in its many ways at state fairs and pow-wows, but what is served to the paying public may be different from what is served in private homes and in the context of tribal family relations.” [Sourece: http://tinyurl.com/ybf4g9hr

    Alas, as you can see there be a variety of “recipes”, but alas, gone are the days of lard it seems

    http://tinyurl.com/ya8ncr6d While FryBread is a delight in its own right, Folks go wild for a Navajo Taco as well http://tinyurl.com/y9rabs2c (and don’t forget the Red or Green Chile!)
    —————
    Lastly, if we’d been speaking of bacon: lest anyone might ask me to reveal my secret to making “Bacon Bowls” if one were not satisfied with simply draping bacon strips over the bottom of upsidedown cereal/salad bowls and miking them: Go here http://tinyurl.com/y6u8sdfv and move your cursor over this “absolutely gotta have” thingy as ya ask yourself ala George Forman: “Now, why didn’t I think of that?!”

    • Becky Mercuri

      Hi Bob: Great post! Gil has done a really nice review of The Pueblo Harvest Café in Albuquerque. They serve fry bread with a number of items as well as the Tewa Taco made with fry bread. Of note is their upcoming fry bread cooking class on May 9th – are you up for the challenge?

    • Roland

      Yo Bob, Could you possibly mean “nuking” those bacon strips instead of “miking” them?

    • BOTVOLR

      Becky
      Roland

      Alas Chica Becky…
      Blush RE your congenial comment. Indeed, Gil has, in his inimitable style, presented a great review of the Pueblo Harvest Cafe (PHC). My recent comment RE Fry Bread should have been within PHC notatations let alone perhaps in the blog recounting the collegial gathering we had there as FOGers (sorry Y’all have been unable to attend to meet), but I was embarrassed to include it at either site per the Comments that ensued at both.
      Thank you for the “Dare-to-Attend” the Fry Bread Class at PHC! Alas, what I am taking as a recent announcement http://tinyurl.com/ybc9f9fs , gets me, with pangs of sadness, off the hook…LOL I.e. I am nowhere near being adept at being a home cooker albeit I have Rachel Ray’s complete set of home cookery http://tinyurl.com/ya34f33t [Please note: Ya Right! obviously in NM Turquoise!] Ok Ok! I do boil spaghetti to which I add things that may accentuate it (EVOO/NaCl) or at least make it more palatable by, e.g. nuke butter that has some beads of garlic from a jar which I’ve then minced, along with occasional squirts from ketchup packets I get gratis at LotaBurger. Elsewise at times, and sorta approximating Sheldon’s Mom, I dice up an Earl Campbell’s Hot n Cheddar Beef “Product” (sausage) to sprinkle in. In addition, I may fry an egg, over easy, and slide it atop a pile, of whatever brand of, cornedbeef hash! Alas, I’ve become lazy and haven’t prepared my scrumpdillyicious version of Huevos Los
      Ranchos(sic) in quite awhile! (:-(
      PS: OMG (love coincidences): in today’s (25th) “hard copy” of the ABQ Journal, there’s a story recounting The Long Walk: http://tinyurl.com/yacbvs34

      ROLAND: Sorry Dude….somewhere in the ‘early days’, I think I’d heard of things being “Miked” ala MICrowaved, but I understand your nuking reference. Be that as it may, as my Sears Kenmore RadarRange goes back to a Mother’s Day gifting to my wife (I’m such a romantic Guy!) in the mid ’70s, I tend to stand away whenever it is nuking nowadays!!!!!

      • Becky Mercuri

        Hi Bob: Hah! You sure squeaked out of that one! But seriously, fry bread is very easy to make and delicious. Your turquoise Rachael Ray cookery would do justice to it and would certainly have created a worthy photo op!
        I’m sorry there were previous embarrassing comments – I don’t know how to view them but it’s unfortunate that anyone should experience anything like that on a restaurant review site which should be fun and informative for all.
        Alas, my attendance at a FOG event is slim to none given my travel distance. Can you picture me trudging through a snow-covered tundra to lunch? LOL!
        Thanks for the link on The Long Walk. It’s a very sad story but one well worth remembering.

      • Roland

        All is ok, Bob. I just never heard that phrase before. I’ll add it to my vocabulary. If I see it used like that again, I’ll understand what it means. Thanks for the explanation.

  • Sr Plata

    This one spot in Rio Rancho in the same square as Namaste seems to have terrible luck. From Pastrami, Sushi, and the last Mexican have all failed. I went by there in the afternoon and found with surprise that a New Mexican Restaurant, El Agave opened up 3 days ago. I believe the chef is the brother to the chef at a Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe and these folks are ready to cook to please us. The Family Plata was very impressed. I tried a combo that was a massive amount of food. The Chile rellenos were really good and different, not fried. Senorena Plata said she would get that next time with the Diabla Shrimp she claimed to be deliciously Spicy. They have some kinks to get through but I feel they just might make it, especially if the Friends of Gil make it down and give their support. Maybe you might get get churros on the house just because. Let me know your thoughts…

  • Mara van der Pas

    Gil – If you are ever in Las Vegas (NM), you might like to try the El Fidel Restaurant They have their menu online, so you can look at it first. They are spotty in their cooking. I thnk it depends on who’s the chef that day. When they are “on”, though, they are “right on”.

  • Clucking Good Chicken

    If you are still looking for fried chicken from a mom and pop place, I have just the answer for you. Shorty’s BBQ in Moriarty. The wife and I had been trying to go there for quite some time as we had heard they had good food there, but always seemed to go when it is closed (probably because it is not open on Sundays, and that is when the wife and I take our Sunday drives…J).

    Anyway, we finally got the hours (Tues – Sat 11-9 Summer/Tues – Sat 12 – 8 Winter) and made it this past Saturday. The best fried chicken I’ve had in a very long time. It is broaster fried which makes the skin nice and crispy (not a lot of breading) while leaving the meat tender and juicy. The wife had the BBQ Beef sandwich. It was so-so. The BBQ sauce leaves a little to be desired, it is not horrible, just nothing to get excited about. If you go, I suggest the chicken. The family that sat next to us had ordered hot wings. They looked good, but I’ll have to try them next time.

    Their website is http://www.shortys66bbq.com if you’d like to check them out first.

  • Sr Plata

    NM FwF went to Cafe Bella after an uneventful lunch elsewhere and I kick myself for not saving myself for the Chicken Panini special, I will have to hold off on that review another time. But, I can say I had a nice large cup of coffee that way beats anything from Starbuck (generally gives me heartburn). Look forward to going back for breakfast or lunch and another cup of coffee (rumors are a form of Stevia, an organic sugar substitute may be offered that I think would really add to the pretty cool ambience that exists). I walked out thinking that a Kiva fireplace may add to its charm, especially when it chilly in the am as it is now. I wish Michael well with this venture…

  • Sr Plata

    NM FwF went to Latitudes in Rio Rancho just about across from Intel and Don Chalmers. I think they opened too soon and should have worked the bugs out of the process rather than applying that to those that showed this week. They were still putting signs up on the wall and stocking shelves that seemed mostly empty. My roast beef sandwich was very much Arby-ish and they forgot the Au Jus which if I got it too go would not be great. Also, if you go, do the Rewards before you pay, they dont give you any points afterwards. May give it another try, the concept is good for those working late hours but more work needed to be bring the returning Sr Plata…

  • I’d love to see a full review, if/when you might have the time. I’ll even pay for your meal.
    Best,
    Ryan

  • I’d love to hear your opinion on the food at Pro’s Ranch Market, Gil. I have visited three times in the past two weeks and I am now addicted to their street tacos, aguas frescas, chichirrones and pan dulce. This place is absolutely a foodie paradise!
    Best,
    Ryan

  • John Worman

    I find the towns that have my favorite burgers aren’t on the list.

    Try “Our Country Kitchen” in Alamogordo. The burger with sweet potato fries is very good.

    If in Roswell, the burger at the Capitol cafe keep me coming back.

  • Kyle

    Love the site. Gotta do Ruidoso. Cafe Rio is probably the most unique restaurant out there, and everything is great. Go for the spicy breadsticks and the kitchen sink pizza. Hell just try everything, you will love it. Casa Blanca is also very good. And dont forget the texas club!

  • Hi. I love your website and check regularly to see what you suggest. Keep up the great work!

    Here are a couple of ideas for Taos–you have to try Love Apple. It’s been open since last summer, housed in an old church on Paseo del Pueblo Norte just north of town. Fresh, creative New Mexican plus international cuisine–many with a flavorful “twist”–but not contrived at all. Very Taos and very cool. Very good food. Nice, well priced wine list, too.

    You also must, must, must try the Taos Diner! Their red and green are terrific. The food is fresh, organic, hearty, well-prepared and really, really delicious. The staff is really friendly, too.

    Antonio’s has reopened. We dined there a couple of weeks ago and it was outstanding. Very good price point, too. Lovely ambiance. Can’t wait for the patio to open.

    Happy dining!

  • Ken Hutton

    Always enjoy reading your take on various restaurants. Found two this past weekend that were fabulous and thought you might want to hear about them. First in Angel Fire was a place named The Roasted Clove (http://www.roastedclove.com) I’d call it fine dining with a great wine list. Everything we had was terrific and I would go back tomorrow if it were here in Albuquerque. The other spot was in Taos and was equally wonderful. It was called Gutiz and bills itself as Latin/French Fusion cuisine. The paella and “pot pie” were jawdroppingly good! Don’t think they have a website. You need to check them both out!

  • Dale D.

    Hi Gil,
    I love your site, but see that you don’t have any restaurants listed in Catron County. I suggest you get out of town and try the best, “The Adobe Cafe & Bakery, ” which is located 7 miles west of Reserve on US Highway 180. Not only is the food fantastic, but the pastries and coffee drinks are out of this world. You won’t be sorry you made the trip.
    Thanks for providing such a wonderful service! Best wishes, -D.

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