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Sep 7, 2011 02:06 PM


I'll be spending Sunday night in Albuquerque on my way to St. Louis. Green chiles are in season and I want to eat some. A good chile verde or a place that simply piles really fresh, good green chiles on everything is what I am looking for. Any suggestions?

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    1. re: DebitNM

      Doesn't matter, really. I just went as good as possible. I wouldn't object to being able to wash my food down with a beer, but that's not nearly as important as the food. New Mexico style use of plenty of fresh and freshly roasted green chiles is what I'm craving. We can get all different sorts of Mexican regional food in L.A. - where I am - but we have a hard time getting New Mexico food.

    2. Sunday night is going to be rough. When going to or coming from the airport at odd hours, we hit the Frontier, for their green chile enchilada w/ chopped green chile. We had to take one of the kids to the airport last Sunday for a flight and that is what I had for breakfast. Other Duke City Hounds may be able to recommend other places, but one could do worse than The Frontier.
      I am a UNM alum, so nostalgia may delude my taste buds.

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      1. re: Passadumkeg

        Frontier is my suggestion too; not only is there green chile really good [I prefer cheese and bean burritos] but their tortillas are made fresh and hot, all the time, and are the BEST in the state.
        These are all heading away from downtown, Sadies is about 10 mins, the other 2 are 20 mins.
        Sadies -
        6230 4th St NW

        Casa de benavidez
        8032 4th St. NW

        El Pinto
        10500 4th St NW

        Sadie's Dining Room
        6230 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

        Casa De Benavidez
        8032 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

        El Pinto
        10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

        1. re: DebitNM

          Frontier sounds and looks (the website) good to me. Someone also suggested Mary & Tito's Cafe - any thoughts? I'll be staying out near the airport but I'm happy to drive wherever - well, within 30 minutes or so.

          1. re: estone888

            Mary and Tito's isn't open on Sunday. They close at 6 M -Th and at 8 pm on Friday and Sat.

            I would tell you to simply head to Frontier; close to your hotel and you won't be disappointed.

            1. re: DebitNM

              Sounds good, thanks. Let me know if and when you ever need any L.A. picks.

          2. re: DebitNM

            NB no beer at Frontier, but I agree the food is reliably tasty. It's just a counter service place, but it's a mind-bogglingly cool institution.

            Los Cuates is also pretty solid, and open 'til 9 every day. They don't make their own tortillas, which I agree are terrific at Frontier (and markedly different than you'd tend to find in LA), but they do have beer. Either of their ABQ branches is a reasonably fast drive from the Sunport.

            The Garcias on Juan Tabo would be another option with homemade tortillas and beer. They're definitely open for some of Sunday, I think they're open for dinner.

            El Pinto might not quite reach the pinnacle of chowishness of a few of the other choices, but they sure have an amazing outdoor patio, and again a liquor license.

            I like the burgers at Sadie's, I'm less into the other items on the menu, but it's a reliably fun place to go.

            Los Cuates
            4901 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

            El Pinto
            10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

        2. Went to Frontier last night. Had chicken enchiladas Xmas and they were great. Just what I was looking for. I'm probably headed there again for breakfast before leaving town. Thanks all.