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Road trip in New Mexico - Where must we eat?
This is a must website.
Gil covers Albuquerque restaurants like no one else. He also includes restaurants throughout the state. I can highly recommend Sophia's Place or Mary & Titos for authentic Mexican or Ezra's Place (in a bowling alley of all places) for unusual and unusually good food (think Duck Quesadillas). Prices can't be beat for what you get. Buckhorn Tavern and the Owl Bar in San Antonio , NM compete for having the best Green Chile Cheeseburger but IMHO the Owl has better Green Chile Fries. In Santa Fe Bobcat Bites for Green Chile CB and, my personal favorite, Harry's Roadhouse for an outstanding eclectic menu. ( Both Bobcat and Harry's are on Old Las Vegas Highway southeast of town. If you are between El Paso and Las Cruces at lunch time it is worth the extra effort to drive over to Rt. 28 at La Mesa for lunch at Chope's. Get the Chile Relleno or Enchiladas - Christmas style, with both red and green chile ( Sparky's in Hatch, the "Chile Capital of the World". This is not food but if you want a hot spring experience drive directly to Riverbend Hot Springs in T or C, NM ( T or C has a couple of nice restaurants and one GREAT chocolate shop ( Hope this is not TMI.

Bobcat Bite Restaurant
420 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Harry's Roadhouse
96B Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Sophia's Place
6313 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Buckhorn Tavern
68 US Highway 380, San Antonio, NM 87832

Jul 01, 2011
hootyj in Southwest

Long Weekend in Bend

In cousins LOVE the Pine Tavern Restaurant. It's been around for about 70 years and has a tree growing inside...

Feb 12, 2010
hootyj in Pacific Northwest

Long Weekend in Bend

For a casual lunch or dinner and microbrews try the Bend Brewing Company. Locally owned and operated. This is where cousins who grew up in Bend took us when we were visiting. Try to get a table overlooking the river.

Feb 12, 2010
hootyj in Pacific Northwest

Please help resolve this difference of opinion- raw ground turkey (not frozen) left on counter for hours still ok if cooked?

Here's information from the USDA: "Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day." OR OR read this post
In my opinion there is absolutely NO WAY I would eat ground turkey left out "for hours". Cooking does not kill all bacterial toxins if it has reached a high bacterial count. Ground meats are particularly likely to produce bacteria quickly and poultry is higher in certain bacterias than other meats. On the other hand we survived a long time without refrigeration but ground meat was not part of our diets at that time.

Jan 01, 2010
hootyj in Not About Food

Spicy, authentic, cheap SW cuisine in Old Town, ABQ

Absolutely the best website for where to eat in Albuquerque (look under Duke City). Now is a good time to find the best green chile as the harvest is just ending. Good eating.

Oct 21, 2008
hootyj in Southwest

Hole-In-The-Wall Spots in Richmond, VA

Croaker Spot is one of my favorite "small" places, Athens Taverna is a good hole-in-the-wall, Kabab Grille is good but lacking in atmosphere and utensils, 3rd Street & 4th Street Diners both serious hole's. Vietnam 1 my fav for a big bowl of Pho - less of a hole than it use to be.

Feb 06, 2008
hootyj in Mid-Atlantic

Stuck w/an electric stove (glass top) - how do I get lower temps?

I will be interested in any helpful suggestions you receive. I too have a glass drop-in cook top and I can't tell you how many dishes I have burned - I have even melted the bottom of a tea kettle so badly a piece of the glass top popped off. I have never had such a horrible cook top and I can't wait to get rid of it. After 2.5 years I still have not found a way to lower the temp enough; even on the lowest setting on the smallest ring. I have read that some of the newer electric drop-in tops are much better now at low temps and are not that expensive. Good luck and good cooking.

Nov 12, 2007
hootyj in Cookware

Menu help! Feeding 35 hungry college athletes for pre-race dinner

Hot wings and lots of them!

Oct 24, 2007
hootyj in Home Cooking

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

The Grand Canyon is awesome, St. Claire Bistro is solid, almost pub like fare, above average for Las Cruces but not awesome. And, for a place that features their own wines the price is expensive considering the small amount of wine in the single glass portion; go ahead and order a full bottle and have it corked to take home if you don't want to finish the whole thing. The bread pudding is the best.

Oct 14, 2007
hootyj in Southwest

Las Cruces takeout recs?

Maybe you have guessed that Las Cruces is NOT a foodie sort of place, so much so, no one is checking Chowhound for LC questions and there are no responses to your take-out question. I have lived here 2.5 years and I have not found any good take-out places. In the area you mentioned is Lorenzos, an OK Italian place that does decent pizza and any of their meals can be made to take-out. There are NO good, delis, chinese, seafood, greek, thai, vietnamese, sushi etc. Mexican and southwestern places abound and all of them have take-out but nothing special and nothing you can't get here on a daily bases. Sorry about the late post but I hope you came up with something else for the family.

Oct 14, 2007
hootyj in Southwest

Secret Aardvark Portland

Thanks for the "where to purchase" information. I'm looking forward to visiting Portland.

Aug 30, 2007
hootyj in Pacific Northwest

Secret Aardvark Portland

Can anyone tell me about Secret Aardvark? I am visiting Portland for the first time in September and I'm researching what to do and where to eat. I keep running into references to the Habanero Sauce by Secret Aardvark in Portland but their website gives an e-mail address but not much more information. Do they have a store in Portland or they an internet company only?

Aug 14, 2007
hootyj in Pacific Northwest

Richmond, VA and surrounding area

Janet - I lived in Richmond for 36 years and was back recently to visit. I went to Ruchee for lunch because it is (was) my favorite Indian restaurant (since India House moved to the westend) and frankly, I was greatly disappointed. It has changed management and the lunch buffet was terrible. Not only was the food of poor quality and flavor there was little variety and it was cold; which is a bad sign when it is an open buffet. This may have been a one time thing but I mentioned this to a friend of mine and she agreed that Ruchee has taken a major nose-dive.

May 19, 2007
hootyj in General South Archive

Albany...what's good?

There is a MAJOR post, dated April 27th, on the Albany area - check it out. I visit Albany on business once or twice a year and I try to make it to Saso's for sushi (I live in a sushiless area).

Goat cheese at the supermarket?? help

Look for Chevre, a mild soft goat cheese, usually in log shape. Some stores carry Queso Asadero which is a mexican melting cheese good for fillings but it is not made from goat's milk. Queso Cotija is a mexican crumbly goat cheese with has a sharp taste and does not melt very well and is used primarily to crumble on top of enchiladas. A mild feta cheese is an acceptable alternative to Chevre. If you are uneasy about goat cheese use montery jack or munster cheese (which is used most often here in the Southwest).

Lunch in Carytown?

To toss a few more suggestions at you...Mom's Siam for Vietnamese and Acacia, eclectic American and lunch is when you can afford it and they have a nice patio out front if the weather is good.

Apr 26, 2007
hootyj in General South Archive

New Mexican cookbook and green chiles

Mark Miller's Coyote Cafe is a lovely book to look at, but it is way too upscale, complicated and time consuming for most home cooks; it also has recipes that are NOT common to most NM cuisine. Check out cookbooks by Dave DeWitt (editor of The Whole Chile Pepper Magazine and spicy-food authority - lives in Albuquerque) and Nancy Gerlach. Or how about a years subscription to the magazine for your husband? Big chain bookstores usually have some of DeWitt's cookbooks on hand as well as the magazine. A safe bet is The Whole Chile Pepper Book cookbook, alot of NM and southwestern recipes but much, much more. Another favorite of mine is Just North of the Border also by DeWitt. As far as frozen chiles are concerned forget online - you have an abundance of Mexican grocery stores in the DC/B'more area, check them out for Bueno frozen or Hatch canned green chiles. In a pinch buy some fresh anaheims (sometimes called new mexicos or big jims)or poblanos and learn to roast them. I have been down this long road in search of real southwestern style food so I moved from Richmond, VA a year and a half ago to Las Cruces, NM just to eat green chiles when ever I wanted them. Hope you have fun looking for the gift of green love for your husband.

Jan 14, 2007
hootyj in Home Cooking

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

Sorry to report that Jaan's has closed its doors. Goes to show LC is not a town that supports diversity in ethnic foods. On a recent Saturday night we tried the new Indian restaurant Taste of India on University (it replaced the Phoencian Restaurant in the strip mall across from NMSU. It is OK and I'm glad we still have an Indian restaurant in town but it is not as good as Jaans. SI has really decent Italian, Casablanca (across from the High School on El Paseo) has some good Lebanese dishes but is very inconsistant and you often end up sides other than what you ordered. When we have guests visit from out of state we head for Nellie's for top notch SW Mexican first thing for breakfast then try to catch a lunch as well (they have changed their hours and now close at 2pm and still no dinner hours!)I save my cravings for sushi, Thai, and Vietnamese for when I travel. Is anyone out there with recommendations?

Jan 11, 2007
hootyj in Southwest


This is one of my favorites for an easy dinner.

Japanese Rice Bowl for 2

1tsp sesame oil
1 thumb length finely chopped ginger
1 clove garlic, minced (or more to taste)
Hot chile to taste (fresh or dried or paste)

1⁄4 cup water
1⁄4 cup low salt soy
1⁄4 cup miron

1 cup thinly sliced beef or leftover beef

1⁄2 cup thinly sliced onions
2 cups thinly sliced cabbage

Hot rice
Chopped green onions
Sesame seeds

Heat oil then add ginger, garlic and chile and gently sauté. Add liquids and cook 2 minutes. Add meat and cook an additional 3-5 minutes.

Toss together onions and cabbage and divide between 2 large bowls, cover with hot rice and spoon over the hot beef and sauce. Sprinkle with chopped onions and sesame seeds

Jan 09, 2007
hootyj in Home Cooking

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

As always, everyone has thier preferences for Mexican and New Mexican food in Las Cruces and these have been covered fairly well with a few other ethnic restaurants thrown in (because there are so few). I would like to weigh in on Jaan's Indian Cuisine Restaurant which has, so far, been ignored in the Las Cruces postings. If you are looking for very good East Indian food for carnivores and vegetarians alike, this is the place for you. I have never been disappointed with the choices made and everyone I know who has eaten at Jaan's has come close to raving. They have an incredible menu with dishes from all regions of India. Service is good and the staff is very helpful. The prices are a little high for Las Cruces but they are having a first year special with 30% off all entries (no coupon needed)which makes it very affordable. Be forwarned-they still do not have a liquor license so there is no beer, wine, alcoholic drinks to be had. Go for the food, you will not be sorry. Jaan's is located just off Telshor across from Sam's club.

Aug 11, 2006
hootyj in Southwest

chinese lunch in ATL

Atlanta is a BIG city, what area are you interested in? There are many chinese/oriental restaurants along Buford Hwy with Little Schechuan catching most of the attention for Chinese.

Jul 16, 2006
hootyj in General South Archive

best sushi in san francisco

Do you have a name for this "best sushi in San Franciso"?

Jul 07, 2006
hootyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Albuquerque, NM

For dining in Albuquerque or anywhere in NM a must read is, Everything and more about eatting in the Duke City or NM

Jul 04, 2006
hootyj in Southwest