Good food in Glorieta, NM?
My parents will be in Glorieta for a conference in a couple of weeks and are looking for good food outside of the conference center. They're foodies-in-training (I'm working on them!) and I want to give them some suggestions of places to eat while they're there. Is there anything good in Glorieta or not that far away that isn't very expensive (say, $15-$20 entree or less)? They will eat just about any kind of food.
Renate's it is, still there, still (pretty) good. Chef-owner is a very pleasant Austrian lady. Both her potato salad and rum cake are righteous takeout, available at her cafe or at the Eldorado supermarket (which is the closest store, at the 285 exit, 10 miles west).
Renates is on the Pecos highway, in an old house about 1/4 mi east of the Glorieta exit.
As out of the way as Glorieta may seem to be, there are 2 foodie favorites just 3 exits away. Have your folks go south on I25 to exit 290, and take Old Las Vegas Road (left) toward Santa Fe. On the right they will come to Bobcat Bite first, then Harry's Road House. Both are excellent and offer New Mexican food specialties as well as traditional fare. We especially like to eat outside at Harry's Road House. Both restaurants have many revues on the web.
Another good option is to go north on I25 to the town of Las Vegas, about a half hour, pretty drive away, and go the the Plaza Hotel which is, appropriately enough, on the Plaza. It is a bit confusing to find, so they might want to stop somewhere on the way in and ask directions to the Plaza - the Chamber of Commerce is at the Train Station on the right as you enter town. The Landmark Grill and Byron T's Saloon at the Plaza are very enjoyable and have a rich history. www.plazahotel-nm.com
Could be that the travel has taken place already, sorry for the late reply. Renate's has closed. 5 miles down the highway to Bobcat Bite (open lunch & dinner Wed-Sat) or Harry's Roadhouse are their best bets for "nearby".