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Green Chili Cheese Burger

Take the green chili cheeseburger trail. You ony have to go to one Blake's, though.

http://www.newmexico.org/greenchilech...

My wife's favorite is at the Fire Rock Casino In Red Rock, NM.

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Red Rock Cafe
100 Verde Valley School Rd Ste 107, Sedona, AZ 86351

Jun 09, 2011
schwaiguy in Southwest

food worth stopping for along I-40

If I am wrong about New Mexican cuisine, please let me know the names of the restaurants in Gallup, NM which marinate their meat and hand-make their tortillas to order, as I'd love to partake. I stopped partaking rather quickly due to the number of times I've shelled out good money for food I felt I could make better at home for a fraction of the price. But, again, this is completely subjective--I personally don't have a taste for New Mexican. When I moved here, out of my own ignorance, I had pipe dreams of Baja cuisine. These dreams were crushed rather quickly.

I'm not warning anyone off an entire category of food. In fact, I joined this site specifically to tell someone unfamiliar with my town where the best restaurants were. (I wanted to give back, as I've found out about most the restaurants I enjoy on the internet.) If he has never eaten authentic Southwestern, he may be in for a few surprises. Notice, I mentioned the conversation between the two East Coasters but drew no conclusions from it.

If anything, I find the use of red & green peppers here to be similar to the food in Korea, where they add kochu to every dish. I find it doesn't do much for variety, but again this is totally subjective.

And, admittedly, I probably could have worded that paragraph much better.

Jun 09, 2011
schwaiguy in Southwest

food worth stopping for along I-40

Normally, I would never tell you to get off at Gallup, but if you do . . . Try Jerry's Cafe 406 W Coal Ave, Gallup, NM 87301, (505) 722-6775. Read about them on Yelp. Try the Mexican Chicken with sopapillas. Closes at like 7 or 8, though.

There's also a pretty good place called Alicia's Burrito Express, 1120 E Historic Hwy 66
Gallup, NM 87301. It's hidden in the back of a Shop & Save and closes at 5 PM. This is a follow your nose place.

Beware of New Mexican food in general. They use red/green chili as an excuse not to marinate the meat, and most don't hand make their tortillas. There was a discussion between two East Coasters (from Pittsburgh and New York, respectively) where both vowed they could get better Mexican food back East.

Jun 08, 2011
schwaiguy in Southwest

Vietnamese in ABQ?

My top recommendation is Banh Mi Coda (Lee's Bakery), 230 Louisiana Blvd SE #C, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Keep in mind, there is a lot of good Thai here. I find it better than the Vietnamese.

Schwaiguy

Jun 08, 2011
schwaiguy in Southwest