Airport to Santa Fe, Where to Lunch?
Will be arriving at airport in ABQ at 12:30 pm, I think it will be too long to wait till we get to Santa Fe for lunch. Please suggest where we might get a good introduction to NM food on the way to Santa Fe. We don't want to deviate too far from the route to Santa Fe. I had read about Blake's Lottaburger in Bernalillo, is that far? Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Blakes underwhelms me. I don't get the appeal. Barelas Coffee House on 4th Street near Bridge, not far from airport would be a great ABQ choice.
But Bernalillo is only 15 miles out . There is an excellent choice in Brenallillo on the main drag. It's called The Range Cafe.
Barelas Coffee House
1502 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Go to Mary & Tito's Cafe just N of Menaul on 4th in ABQ (take 25 to 40W then the 6th St exit N just past the interchange - you'll barely be out of your way) and get the carne adovada with red chile. Mary just won a James Beard America's Classics Award and well rates it.
Mary's & Tito's Cafe
2711 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
2nd the recs for Mary & Tito's and the Range. (Nothing against Barela's, just haven't been. Blake's is a better-than-average fast food chain, but it's still just fast food.)
The Range is more midscale, with fun Southwest decor and a nice range of New Mexican and American food, and the Bernalillo main drag really brings the local color.
Mary & Tito's is more of a, um, "distilled" Chowhound experience. Whatever regional dish you order will be pretty canonical, a top-notch, inexpensive execution of the recipe, but the charms of the atmosphere and neighborhood may be a little lost on out-of-towners.
BTW, if you want a beer after your flight or whatever, the Range has a liquor license, I believe M&T's doesn't.