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Road trip in New Mexico - Where must we eat?

Hello!

Later this summer, my boyfriend and I will be doing a road trip from Houston, TX, to Boulder, CO. We are going to spend about 2 weeks doing it and are planning on going at a very relaxed pace just stopping off on the way and making detours toward whatever looks fun! Two stops on our trip will be Albuquerque and Santa Fe and we are really flexible on the route or other places we may get recommendations to visit.

We are looking for recommendations for delicious places to eat along the way! We are really open to any ethnicity cuisine. We are both grad students so don't have too much extra spending money but we are willing to spend more for the occasional nicer meal. Anything with a sustainable or local spin would be great too. We love barbecue and mexican (and any texan/southwestern spin on it) especially. Recommendations for food trucks or carts are welcome too!

I will also be posting in the Texas and Mountain States boards, but if you know of somewhere that you MUST let me know about, go for it!

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  1. We had a great meal at Season's Rotisserie & Grill in Albuquerque a few years ago. As the name implies, it features seasonal and local items. When we were there, it was artichokes and the specials (artichoke ravioli anyone) were delicious. There is also a Mexican restaurant in Old Town that is historical, but I can't remember the name of it. You can take the Sandia Peak Tramway up the mountain and dine 2-1/2 miles up. The food is nothing to write home about, but the trip is!

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    Sandia Peak Tramway
    38 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

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      1. If I could have only one meal in NM it would be at Orlando's New Mexican Cafe in Taos. Best New Mex in my experience. Moderate pricing. Nice tapas at La Boca in SF but pricey. La Choza in SF is also very good for New Mex. The Coffee House in Los Alamos has excellent coffee. Ruby K's has very good sandwiches. Excellent bakery in Durango: Bread.

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        La Boca
        72 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

        La Choza Restaurant
        905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

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          1. May seem odd to recommend a French restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico but P'tit Louis is consistently fantastic (mussels are the best), great price, and a charmingly small bistro. For a wild experience of Mexico, check out the Pro Ranch Market in Albuquerque. Walmart-sized market and prepared foods and aguas that you can sit and enjoy with a streaming soccer match on the overhead t.v.'s. Again on a budget, the Frontier on Central (in front of UNM) is where we take out of town friends. Quick, inexpensive, and a great place for people watching. Go for any of the New Mexican specialties, especially their smothered burritos or anything with green chile. Tortilla roll hot and fresh off the machine, which you can view as you wait for your food. If you are in Santa Fe, splurge and go to Santacafe (see if you can't make reservations for the patio) Every meal has been one to dream about and the service is polished but not obnoxious. Buen provecho!