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Best Frozen Green Chile ABQ/SF

I no longer live in New Mexico but I've had good luck at the Fruit Basket on North 4th St. in Albuquerque. I bought frozen green chile there on my last visit to the area in January 2012. We were pleased with it when we got home. They have lots of dried chile products as well.

Apr 20, 2013
andreapa in Southwest

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

We had a terrific time in Chiapas! While we enjoyed the food most of it was not outstanding in a noteworthy way. We did some sort of excursion each day we were in San Cristobal so our eating times were somewhat dependent upon that schedule. We found that on some days the options were limited at the times we were eager to eat. We generally prefer casual antojito style meals so our tastes usually reflect that. Our favorite meals were at El Meson del Taco at Crescencio Rosas 26. It's only open in the evening starting at 6:00 p.m. They serve a variety of tacos and alambres. It's very casual and was full of people both times we went. We had the same style of food at Emiliano's Moustache but didn't enjoy it nearly as much. Emiliano's Moustache has more flexible hours though. San Cristobal has an amazing number of international options but we mainly stuck to Mexican food since it was a short trip. We did eat Italian food one day at Restaurante Pizzaria Napoli on Ejercito Nacional 8. It was an outstanding meal. The food was prepared with a lot of thought and care. We had pasta (handmade) and pizza. Everything was delicious. TierrAdentro is a nice place to eat with a large appealing menu but the food was just okay.

The coffee was generally good everywhere we went. Even our hotel provided good coffee that we could prepare in our room. We usually had Americanos to go at one of the many Yik's around town. It was pretty good but I imagine there's better. We had great coffee one day at a place called Slow Coffee on Real de Guadalupe. It was pricier compared to other places but quite good.

I was sorry I didn't get to try Doña Ame Tamales at Calle Diego do Mazariego 28 but it was never open when we tried to go. I had read good things about it on the web before our trip. We had also hoped to try the No Name Quesadillas place listed in our Lonely Planet Guide but didn't have a chance to go there either.

Feb 03, 2013
andreapa in Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

We are traveling to San Cristobal for a week at the end of December. Does anybody have any updates on restaurants that serve Chiapan specialties? Are there dishes unique to Chiapas we should try?

Also, we especially like chilaquiles for breakfast and are wondering about good breakfast spots where we can get good ones. Does anybody out there have a favorite taco spot? Either tacos of grilled meats or tacos de guisados? Will it be possible to find tacos al pastor and alambres de al pastor?


Nov 29, 2012
andreapa in Mexico

Lewisburg/nearby -- Looking for various things

There is a meat market just north of Lewisburg, heading out of town on Highway 15, called Byerly Bros. We like to purchase our pork and beef there. I can't vouch for the humanely raised part but the owners are friendly and would probably be happy to answer questions. They're closed Mondays and Tuesdays. We've been told those are their butchtering days.

The seafood stand at the Wednesday Lewisburg farmers market has a retail store in Williamsport. It's called Helmrich's Seafood.

In addition to the Selinsgrove Brewery, the Bullfrog Brewey in Williamsport is also good.

Kathy's Cafe in Hughesville serves a great breakfast. It's a slight detour off of I-180 if you're heading to Williamsport on the interstate but it's well worth it. They have wonderful pies and cakes and some of their menu items come from local producers.

Aug 13, 2008
andreapa in Pennsylvania

Albuquerque Airport Area Request New Mex Mex

I really like El Patio and it should be a 7-10 minute cab ride from the aiport. It's at 142 Harvard Dr. SE. I especially like their carne adovada and many of my friends like their green chile chicken enchiladas. It's not a very large restaurant and indoor seating might be limited this time of year since it's a bit too cold to enjoy dinner on their patio.

Feb 11, 2008
andreapa in Southwest

Lobo alum needs stuffed sopapillas

I'm pretty sure you're referring to El Modelo. It's at 1715 2nd St. It can be a little tough to find because 2nd Street doesn't connect directly to Avenida Cesar Chavez. If you're trying to get there off of Cesar Chavez you'll have to use 3rd Street to get there.

It's a fantastic place!

Oct 22, 2006
andreapa in Southwest

ABQ Convention Center chow?

Cafe Cafe is located inside the south tower of the Galeria building so you actually have to enter the building. If you were standing facing the bank of elevators on the ground level then Cafe Cafe is to your right. I've been working in that building since 1999 and Cafe Cafe was there when I started. Frank's Other Place's entrance is?/was? on the exterior of the building.

I hope that helps.

Oct 16, 2006
andreapa in Southwest

ABQ Convention Center chow?

Cafe Cafe is a little restaurant on the ground level of the Galeria building that specializes in muffins and sandwiches. (La Esquina mentioned above is in the basement of the same building). Each morning they bake the bread they use for sandwiches throughout the day. Anyway, if you're in the area on Wednesday morning, try their cornbread muffin with green chile and sausage baked into it. It's big enough for a meal and they're fantastic. They're usually gone by lunchtime though and they only make them on Wednesdays.

Oct 13, 2006
andreapa in Southwest

Good Eats in Albuquerque?

The Nob Hill area on Central Avenue between Girard and Washington has a concentration of diverse restaurants and bars. I'll mention a few that I've enjoyed.

- Bumblebee Baja Grill has tasty burritos and a great fresh salsa bar. You order at the counter and can choose from lamb, steak, chicken or mahi mahi in your burrito and then you choose the burrito fillings. My favorite is bumblebee style with grilled onions and green peppers, roasted tomato salsa and guacamole. Burritos run you about $8-9. Their food might be described as "Fresh-Mex". It's definitely not New Mexican.

-Shogun is a Japanese restaurant with a fun sushi bar vibe. My husband likes their sushi and finds it to be fresh and usually the pieces are generously sized. I like the bento box meals Dinner for two with drinks usually runs us about $50

-Crazy Fish is a newer sushi bar nearby. Our meals there have been good. They have some creative rolls. Dinner for two runs about $50 too.

-Gecko's is a bar located in the little shopping area next to the La Montanita grocery co-op. They have good reasonably priced bar food. Their hamburgers, while not the best in town, are usually pretty good. They have a tapas menu that changes a few times a year. The restaurant has a pleasant outdoor patio to sit at during the warmer times of the year. The bar is a nice place to go for a casual drink and meal.
-Vivace is a casual Italian restaurant with about 20 different kinds of pasta dishes on the menu. Dinner entrees (including soup or salad) range in price from about $10- $18 dollars. We've always enjoyed our meals here.
-Gulp is the bar which is part of the restaurant Graze. The bar is a bit more upscale than some in the area but I've really enjoyed their creative drinks. They make a drink similar to a mojito but it has basil instead of mint. It might sound funky but it's really good. They have a bar menu with a "Burger of the Day". I had a lamb burger once which was amazing.

Other places in Nob Hill that are popular.
-Scalo is an upscale Italian restaurant with a popular bar in the back of the restaurant.
-Zinc is another popular upscale restaurant with an eclectic menu. They have a bar in the basement that serves interesting bar food.
-Graze is an upscale restaurant that serves eclectic food. Part of the dining concept is small plates of food meant to be shared. Gulp, their bar, I mentioned above.
-Flying Star Cafe is a restaurant and coffee shop locally owned with branches thoughout the city. They have a great variety of fresh pastries. This place is always packed from breakfast in the morning to the coffee/pastry crowd late at night.
-Thai Orchid is a Thai restaurant on the east end of Nob Hill with good fresh food.
-Kelly's is a bar and restaurant that brews its own beer. They have a huge outdoor patio right on Central Avenue that is always packed.

For New Mexican food, there doesn't seem to be much worth mentioning in Nob Hill. A place called El Patio near the University on Harvard has been my place of choice. Good, hot red chile. Among the best carne adovada in town.

This is just a sampling of what Nob Hill has to offer. Once you're parked in Nob Hill, all of these places (with the exception of Thai Orchid and El Patio near the University) are within walking distance of each other.

There are other areas of town with a concentration of restaurants but Nob Hill is my favorite for the variety of casual choices.

I hope this was helpful.

Oct 08, 2006
andreapa in Southwest