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late night eats in el paso, tx?

Yes, Ive been to El Taco Tote, but it wasnt my favorite. I much prefer Taco Cabana! There's just something about the fresh salsa bar, and the crispiness of their chips that I looooove. Happy eating!

Dec 21, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Texas

late night eats in el paso, tx?

Ususally when I fly into El Paso that late, I head over to Taco Cabana first thing. There is one right off of 10 heading downtown. Its not fine dining by any means, but the tortillas are made in house, its inexpensive, and they have a wonderful, fresh salsa bar.
I usually get the steak fajita tacos which come with chips and chile con queso. I add some of the green salsa to the queso, and then I use all the different salsa's + lime on the tacos. Delish!

If you are really adventurous you could hit up Chico's Tacos, which is a favorite to El Pasoens, but its the kind of place that you either loooove or HATE. I happen to fall into the loooove category, but fine dining it is not... most people would debate whether its even to be considered "good". Its known for rolled tacos, floating in a mystery tomato/watery concoction and topped with mounds of fine shredded cheese product. Dump in a few salsas, and add a side of fries and I am in heaven. But I am not fooled to think its something everyone likes. That being said it is an El Paso landmark, and worth the try if your adventurous.

Dec 18, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Texas

Best Christmas Dinner in Santa Fe????

Thank you for the link! From the looks of it it seems as though we picked the right spot, my husband and father and the rest of our group will be very pleased. I just emailed the link to my DH who replied "nom nom nom"... which is a good thing in our world.

Dec 17, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Best Christmas Dinner in Santa Fe????

Thank you both for your imput. We went ahead and made reservations for the Bishop's Lodge. I spoke to the staff at SantaCafe, and there wasn't anything that my world's pickiest dad would go for, perhaps if it were just my husband and I and my inlaws...but that will have to wait for another time. Thanks!

Dec 08, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Best Christmas Dinner in Santa Fe????

We are going to be in Santa Fe for Christmas this year, and we are staying at a rental house on Canyon Rd, but we dont want to prepare xmas dinner. Where is the best place to get a semi-traditional Christmas dinner. By that I mean, we are not looking for Asian/Indian, no specifics as far as vegetarian or anything. We've made a few calls and a lot of places are either not open or they are serving their normal menu.

Has anyone had Christmas dinner at Bishop's Lodge or Amaya in the Hotel Santa Fe before? These look to be closest to what we are looking for.

Any help would be appreciated, or suggestions of other, better places as well.

Thanks!

Dec 03, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

OK, here goes nothing...best pizza in NM?

Oh my god I looooove the Rio! Their pizza is awesome, and I have never had any problems with their atmosphere. I would say its worth a trip to Ruidoso just for their pizza if nothing else.

Dec 01, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Veggie-friendly recommendations in south New Mexico and El Paso

The Bistro and Winery you stopped in at in Las Cruces was most likey St. Clair Winery & Bistro. If thats where you stopped, its one of our favorite places in town.

Dec 01, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Veggie-friendly recommendations in south New Mexico and El Paso

I'm sure your trip has passed, or you are on it now, but I can give you rec's for Las Cruces. La Posta does have vegetarian options, but so do most Mexican places. I love the red and green enchiladas at Andales, which is in the same vecinity as La Posta. Also, SI Italian Bistro, though not New Mexican, has one of the best selections of vegetarian options in town. Portobello & Blue Cheese sandwich=greatest thing ever! They are located on Idaho, behind the Albertsons.

Nov 23, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Phoenix to Las Cruces, NM

The St. Clair Bistro is actually in Las Cruces, the location in Deming is only a winery/tasting room and doesnt serve food.

Also, the place bigshot is reffering too is La Fonda, and its alright, but buffet for the most part.

I would wait until you arrive in Las Cruces where there will be many more options available to you.

Nov 23, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

NEED ALBEQUERQUE DINNER SPOT FOR BUSINESS DINNER w/ 13pp

I'm not sure if you have already had the event or not, but I would reccomend St. Clair Winery & Bistro on Rio Grande BLVD. The atmosphere is great, and you should be able to stay within your budget, while still feeling like you are indulging.

Nov 23, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

OK, here goes nothing...best pizza in NM?

In Las Cruces we ( specifically my husband and I) have 2 favorite spots for pizza. Number 1 is SI Italian Bistro, its located on Idaho behind Albertsons, they have a traditional wood fired oven that was shipped over from Italy and rebuilt here. The crust is thin and crisp, the toppings are fresh and of good quality, and I love that they have more then just your basic pepperoni and limited veggies to choose from. Also, they make their dough, sauce, and sausage in house, which is always a plus.

Our second choice is Zeffiro's. Its new to LC, I'd say its been open about 6 months or so, located in the downtown on Water st. The city is really trying to revitalize our downtown area and I love the fact that Zeffiro went in there. The ambiance is great, and the pizza's are awesome. Again, the crust is thin, with just enough balance of chewy/crispy. They have a few sauce options, which is very nice, their pesto is some of the best I've ever had. They have probably the largest selection of toppings as well. They really make a stellar pie and they are in the process of opening a NYC style eatery near the university, which I cant wait to try out. Also, they make homemade baguettes and ciabatta that are to die for. mmmmm. Now I want something ooey, gooey and cheesy!

Nov 23, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Cheese, Chocolate & Wine Stores in ABQ, SF & Taos?

You should also try St. Clair Winery and Bistro, near old town ABQ on Rio Grande BLVD. It has the largest selection of NM wines that you will find, reasonably priced, and good service as well if you decide to stay and check out an afternoon nosh or dinner.

Oct 13, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

We had lunch there on my birthday in January. Yes it was pricey, but the beer was good - (get the boot!) and the sausages I had were very tasty. I think one was pork and the other was veal- the veal was my favorite, it practically melted in my mouth. Also, I cant remember what the dip was called, but it was made with Brie and spices and cream cheese I believe- To Die For! The only things I would have done differently, are I would have liked my sausages to be grilled a little, so the casings get nice and crisp, and I would have preffered for my pretzel to be served hot.

Sep 25, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Las Vegas

Pecan Pie in New Mexico? Also, wine/alcohol question?

I may be wrong, but our more conservative laws regarding alcohol sales and consumption, are in part due to the high number of DWI accidents and deaths in the state. We dont have the best track record when it comes to keeping drunks off the streets, so they are a bit stricter with the alcohol liscencing and laws here.

Sep 15, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Pecan Pie in New Mexico? Also, wine/alcohol question?

I can say for Cruces that though pecans are definitly in abundance here, I can only think of a few places that do a good pecan pie, but I dont know if any of them would be considered "great" SI Italian Bistro & Bakery on Idaho does a wonderful array of desserts, and with fall arriving they should start with pecan pies again soon, though it may not be until October. I'm having a hard time coming up with other local places, (I exclude Village Inn, because A. its not local, and B. no they dont have America's favorite pies thank you very much) that specialize in pies/desserts that havent recenlty closed. Though you could definitely check the Big Chair, on the corner of Picacho and Motel Blvd. Their dessert selections are quite lovely. Also Stahman farms, which I assume you are going to, does a pecan pie, but I havent had it in years.

I would like to quickly add, that since you are going to be in NM you should give New Mexico wines a try. While in Las Cruces treat yourself to a meal, or an afternoon nosh at St. Clair Winery and Bistro. Its on Avenida de Mesilla, on the way into Mesilla. You could have lunch their, and then continue on the same road all the way out to the Stahman Farms. St. Clair has quite a few lines of wine under their name, and are starting to get more and more national coverage. One of their wines just took the top award at the largest wine competition in the country. Its worth the experience at least to check them out.

As for bringing in your own wine, I don't belive its allowed in much, if not all of NM. Certainly not in Las Cruces.

Sep 14, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Some Southern New Mexico Musings

Oh my... Pancake Alley?? Say it isn't so.... We live in Las Cruces and typically dont go to any of the places on that end of Picacho. The area is ridden with crack addicts and prostitutes, and the eateries are .... well... you found out for yourself I suppose! Just down the way on Valley Dr. is Ranchway, you should have headed straight there. Great green chile meat burritos, Mexican combination plates etc. For a breakfast in a 50's inspired place, we have a new place on Idaho, The Hot Rod Cafe, its where Tegmeyers used to be, for those that new that place. We had breakfast there a few weeks back, the prices were good, the servings were huge and the food was delicious. Diner food mind you, nothing fancy but well executed none the less.

Sep 10, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Best selection of Arizona Wines in Phoenix

I believe that the grapes are grown in AZ, and then the wine intself is fermented and bottled in NM, so technically the appellation is still AZ.

Sep 10, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Phoenix

Best selection of Arizona Wines in Phoenix

Has anyone seen that Kokopelli Winery has completely re-designed their labels? not sure if the wine has changed, but their look has just improved dramatically.

Sep 02, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Phoenix

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

There are though 2 downfalls to the Adobe Deli. Their service is horrid, and you will be there for a 4 hour dinner, as it takes FOREVER.

Aug 27, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Roque's Carnitas, Santa Fe

Big thumbs up on Los Potrillos for me... I Loooooooove that place. Anytime we're in SF we go there for at least one dinner, the chicken in pineapple sauce is to die for.

Aug 27, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Big Boxes of Seasonal Chiles

I'm from a city just a few miles from Hatch, where these famous chiles are from, and I can say that they are unbelievably delicious once you grill them. But that is the key, you really have to let them char for a good amount of time on the grill. Once they are charred properly the skins should slip right off, but only remove them when you are going to consume the chile.

The best thing ever is to take the freshly grilled chiles, remove the skin and stem and rinse out most of the seeds, stuff with a nice monterey jack or asadro cheese, batter in a super fluffy egg batter and fry them in canola oil. Good for you, no. Good for your mouth, yes.

PS... most of us locals by chile by the sack, this year we are buying about 240lbs to roast and freeze, in order to last us all year. Its a running joke in NM that your not a true New Mexican unless you have a chile freezer! hahha.

Enjoy!

Aug 19, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Features

Santa Fe Help!

I've never been a fan of Maria's or Tia Sophia, but the rest of your list looks pretty good.

Jul 23, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Albuquerque in review

I think what you have to realize about the Frontier is its more of an institution if you will... Its one of those places that has been around for forever, and that has a VERY loyal customer base. Can you get better food somewhere else? Probably, but not tortillas... they are the very best, hands down. Its hard for me to explain why I love that place so much, but I can understand why some people are put off by it.

Jul 23, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Santa Fe: blue corn pancakes

My Fiance had them when we were there in March... maybe they just happened to be out one day?

Jul 14, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Santa Fe: blue corn pancakes

The Tecolote Cafe on Cerriolos has the best, but be sure to ask for the real maple syrup (they charge a little extra) because fake syrup is....yuck. Also they are rather big, my dad has a hard time finishing 1, and they have pinons in them.

Jul 13, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Hatch NM - Sparky's BBQ & Burgers

I know that this isnt exactly food related, but they have the most amazing B&B in Hatch, which is actually where I am getting married soon. Its a historic building just outside of town that used to be a convent, and is now a b&b, spa and sanctuary. It reminds me of some of the wonderful places in Santa Fe but on a Hatch budget... it is really worth a stay!

The Historic Pelham House Bed & Breakfast
575.267.5288

They dont really have a website, but give them a call, Robert & Cici the proprieters are wonderful hosts, you wont be dissapointed.

Jul 06, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

First visit to Albuquerque

Grab breakfast Saturday morning at the Frontier on Central- its an institution in ABQ, I cant imagine a trip without it. Its dirt cheap, and always busy, but you will get the most delicious freshly made flour tortillas (they pull them right off the stove and onto your plate) and I love their sweet rolls.

I have to agree with Debit, we checked out cake fetish and while their cupcake selection included a ton of fun ideas, the cakes themselves were rather... meh.... I'm on WW and after splurging and giving it a try I was left thinking "I wasted my points on that... dang it. "

Jul 06, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Lunch en route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe?

Orchid Thai- I freakin loooove that place! Almost everyime I visit ABQ I have to stop in for chicken with pineapple curry for the fiance, and pad thai for myself...yum.

Jun 30, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Birthday Lunch in Santa Fe

Los Potrillos on Cerrillos is a favorite of ours when we're in SF. Their chicken in pineapple sauce is insane.

Zia Diner- do their cooks ever have an ON day? I dont see what people see in that place, the meals I have had there have been bad at best.

Jun 22, 2009
ma_bell_deve in Southwest

Chopped Season 2

I think I will actually miss that one ridiculous item they would throw in ( like the powdered cheese fromthe kraft mac and cheese box, or gummy bears or whatever) because it gave the show a bit of playfullness and I loved seeing the creativity that it envoked.