Hatch New Mexico Information.
I have always wanted to visit Hatch New Mexico.
I saw a lot of posts and links about the chiles but not too many on places to eat.
Does anyone have a recommendation for the "definitive" New Mexican restaurant to visit while there and traveling through Hatch. Depending on the drive times I will be there for either lunch or dinner. Not likely to be in town for breakfast.
I went through Hatch October 2009. I ate at Valley Cafe. The BEST red chili ever and I live in Tucson, AZ. I know what red chili should taste like and this is the best. I even liked it better than the red chili at El Pinto in Albuquerque NM. (They (to me) are best for their salsa and that's it)
I'll try another restaurant next time I go there, but right now Valley Cafe is the best for me.
10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Also please keep in mind that Hatch, while the epicenter, is not the sole souce of fine chiles! Farms throughout southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico grow superb chiles, harvest, roast and celebrate them, and have a few places that cook them up into good meals.
Hey all Thanks for the follow up. Of course I got to Hatch and did not have an internet connection to check your posts. I ended up eating at the B&E Burritos and was a little wary as I walked in. The flies were very aggressive and I could just imagine the bodies of the last 4 diners stored on ice somewhere back behind the counter.
So I recalled one of my sayings, usually said in jest, "If its dirty it is probably authentic indigenous cuisine" and considered when I would be in Hatch next. I man'd up and ordered the Chile Verde Burrito. Man was it good. Spicy hot so you say "ow" but also so good you wade in for more. I got it to go and drove over towards some of the pepper fields. Dining Al Fresco I enjoyed the drippy, spicy little burrito. A few days later now and I am still free of Montezuma's curse. No ill effects at all.
I also picked up some fresh green chiles, the first of the harvest for this year had just come in. They were fabulous.
Recently newspaper and TV reports indicate that the green chile harvest is way down. While red chiles can be machine-harvested, green chiles have to be hand-picked. A labor shortage has caused some farmers to replace chiles with other crops. Automation is being developed but is reportedly two years away. See http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci...
I've never had a meal in Hatch. But, do keep an eye out for a stall in a carport on the NE side of town (on the way to I-25) selling bags of roasted, dried green chiles, they are great. They taste very different from the fresh roasted ones.
If you decide to eat elsewhere, there's a long thread here somewhere about places in Las Cruces you could probably find. There's also a great place in Truth or Consequences called Bella Luca (303 Jones St., 575-894-9866) with nice sandwiches and Italian-influenced dishes; it's not New Mexican but it is very good! La Cocina in TorC (on N. Date St. next to the I-25) has pretty standard NM food in my opinion, but I agree it's the best place of that type in town.
I'm not sure where you're from, but if you're driving in from the west I suggest you try to avoid eating in Deming. Perhaps someone will chime in with a hidden gem now, but I've never had a decent meal there, and even the fast-food chains (normally my last choice, but predictable) are bad.
We usually go through Hatch at least once a year enrouge from Tucson to Colorado or other New Mexico destinations. We've tried pretty much everything in town - and there isn't much! We're down to a Green chile burger at Dairy Queen.
On the way home to Tucson, we always purchase fresh chiles in Hatch.