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Nov 10, 2013 02:40 PM

Albuquerque New Mex Mex + Rail Yards Dive

I've only got an evening and a morning in ABQ. Need a good NM Mex recommendation for dinner and for lunch the next day, I'm trying to remember the name of a classic dive across from the rail yards. About all I remember is that the place was huge, had a monster kitchen in back and a few picnic tables to the right of the entrance for those who chose to "eat in".

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    1. re: Chimayo Joe

      Bingo! Thanks. One down, now just need that evening restaurant recommendation. Nothin' fancy (I'm alone). Thought I'd try Mary and Tito's but they close at 6 and I probably won't make it to town until around 7. Frontier rests at #1 right now, but I'm still open to suggestions.

      1. re: bruce3404

        Yeah, lots of places close fairly early. El Patio stays open until 9PM, I think. That would probably be my suggestion.

        1. re: Chimayo Joe

          El Patio might have the best sopaippilas in town They serve beer.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Thanks Chimayo Joe and Passadumkeg. El Patio was excellent. I had the #6 enchilada combo XMAS and a couple of $3.50 pints of Santa Fe Nutty Brown Ale. I liked that El Patio seems to be a locals place. Highly recommended for anyone else who might stumble upon this thread. Next time I want to try the carne adovado. Oh, and the sopapilla was as good as any I've ever had. Good way to end a 12.5 hour driving day!

    2. El Modelo:

      This was the absolute highlight of a recent trip. hope my reply was in time!

      Get the tamales. Seriously.

      Edited to add: obviously didnt click through Chimayo Joe's link before posting.

      1. El Modelo is amazing. I laughed after reading a Yelp comment that the tamales were too expensive at $2.20 each; what the writer didn't note was that they contain at least double the volume of most tamales, nor did he comment on how good the quality was.

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        1. re: bruce3404

          possibly since most of our group was coming from here in NYC we had the opposite form of sticker shock. even compared to other local places (interestingly we had brunch at el patio the same day) we got about 40 bucks worth of take out for 8 people and it honestly didnt even look like wed made an effort at putting a dent in it.