Chicharrones Stuffed Sopaipilla, Casa de Benavidez in Albuquerque
After Saturday’s Pork & Brew contest, then some sightseeing at the Veterans Memorial, and a chow stop at the Antojitos La Tia wagon (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/698991 ), I made my way to my planned dinner stop at Casa de Benavidez ( www.casadebenavidez.com ). I had enjoyed the stuffed sopaipilla so much at Mary & Tito’s the day before, I wanted to try it here for comparison’s sake.
Façade at night time
Sadly, this was pretty much a wash out. Maybe it was a mistake to try to eat after judging barbecue all day and not being hungry. Or maybe I ordered the wrong thing.
The soft, nearly white sopaipilla served with honey and the stuffed sopaipilla made me wonder if these were the Wonder Bread versions of fry bread. There was more cheese than green chile on my plate. The green chile that was there was quite watery. Even the beans were bland and lacking in salt. I did like the housemade crunchy chicharrones and the red salsa served with the chips was quite serviceable.
Casa De Benavidez
8032 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Melanie, I don't think your tastebuds were off, or that you misordered. The fact is that Mary and Tito's is a James Beard award winning "American Classic" restaurant. Casa de Benevidez has a very pleasant shaded patio that is comfortable for a warm summer's day lunch, but pretty ordinary food of the Albuquerque New Mexican genre.
Thanks, I went to CdB because it was not too far from where I was staying, plus being open on Sunday. In hindsight, since I ended up way on the south end of town, I could have easily done a little more research to go somewhere else for dinner. Also, I thought this might have been the place I tried a decade ago the last time I was in ABQ, but it didn't look familiar.
I'm glad I got a chance to try Mary & Tito's, more details soon of our chowdown. On the way to catch my flight, I stopped by the closed Barelas so that I'd have my bearings to find it quickly on a future visit. Hopefully, it won't be another 10 before the next!
Barelas Coffee House
Barelas Coffee House
1502 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Mary's & Tito's Cafe
2711 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107