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.