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Hello everyone,
I have been reading the board and can't seem to find a can't miss restaraunt of the New Mexican or Mexican variety. Some of the suggestions have closed (Sanitary Tortilla Factory), some of the suggestions have mixed reviews (The Frontier), and some are lunch only (El Modelo).

Please be so kind as to give me two or three dinner recommendations for outstanding New Mexican or Mexican food. I am on an expense account with a rental car, so anything goes. Thanks.

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  1. Go to "Gil's Thrilling Web Site" and you will have many good things to choose from. That way you'll be able to find the places that will best suit you. The reviews are mostly recent and very informative. Really.

    1. Mixed reviews of Frontier? I'd definitely put it in the 'can't miss' category.

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      1. re: gina

        Whereas I would put it in the "Why bother?" category - hence, mixed reviews. ;-)

        For New Mexican, try Mary & Tito's Cafe on 4th, just N of Menaul. It closes at 6 p.m., though, except for F&Sat. when it's 8.

      2. Frontier is great. Try the breakfast burrito and smother it with the green chile "stew" they provide. Beware if you're not into spicy foods.

        Mary & Tito's is pretty good, but they don't put cheese on their burritos for some reason...

        For Mexican try El Norteño on Zuni.

        Dinner New Mexican style is harder... I like Los Cuates, but people seem to either love it or hate it. I think the consensus was that if you have a weak stomach stay away from Los Cuates because they absolutely SMOTHER their food in chile sause.

        Garcia's has pretty consistant New Mexican style. Cafe type locations, nothing fancy, that turns some people off. I eat there once a week for lunch.

        Owl Cafe up on Eubank has surprisingly good New Mexican dishes. Try their pintos with green chile... just like grandma's...

        If you're in Old Town try and hit La Hacienda before they change locations...