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Nov 21, 2006 02:00 AM

Downhill alert: Gabriel's, Cuyamungue

Gabriel's has never been a truly first-rate restaurant, in our experience, but it's convenient, pretty and doesn't have much competition in the stretch between Santa Fe and Espanola. We hadn't been there in awhile, but had a pretty dismal meal there tonight.

First, the good news: service was fast and friendly, the chips were warm & tasty, the beer ($4) was cold. The bad news: well, pretty much everything else. I ordered the "Santa Fe Relleno" plate ($13), which turned out to be a weird, gloppy chicken-cheese relleno with an odd, superfluous tomatoey sauce on top (and bland boiled chicken inside), and the most tasteless guacomole either of us can recall. Also bland pinto beans, decent frozen corn and acceptable Spanish rice. Overall, the worst dinner I've had in quite some time.

My wife had a combo plate ($10) with a guacomole taco (see above), and an acceptable but dry tamale, and pretty good refritos. She said her margarita ($6) was good. Both of our sopaipillas were served piping-hot, but were odd-tasting, like they used pancake mix. Barely acceptable, but better than most of the rest of the food. Sigh.

Caveat emptor.

Pete Tillman

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  1. I've never had a good meal there, but my B-I-L likes it, so I must be missing something. Thanks for the report.

    1. I'm with Erich.

      The few meals I've had at Gabriel's were less than good. Everyone raves about the guacamole made tableside; for me it was good, nothing special and grossly overpriced.

      1. Funny that you should mention that, fyfas: that guacamole did absolutely nothing for me. My wife DOES make superb guacamole - Gabriel's . . . well, I just don't get it.

        1. We have been eating at Gabriel's for years and the ONLY reason we go is the guacamole made tableside and a good, cold Corona. The rest of their food is not really worth the trip. The guac seems best in the summer when you can eat on the patio.