Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Southwest >
May 26, 2004 01:24 PM

Best Food To Go along I-40?

  • t

I'm already well familiar with a variety of sit down places along the route, but need some suggestions for lunch to go.

Traveling the entire stretch from Kingman to Amarillo with the pooch and don't want to leave him in the car if it's too hot.

The closer to the interstate the better, Mex and Q suggestions preferred. Thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Rudy's Barbecue just north of the Carisle exit in Albuquerque is a chain, but not bad. The brisket (moist) is really good.

    1 Reply
    1. re: dpb
      Tha Groovin' Gourmet

      Yup...we know Rudy's, and it is certainly better than average Q. I like the Brisket Tacos at the NM locations, and the creamed corn kicks butt.

    2. In Kingman at the Stockton Hill Rd exit is Alponso's. Nothing fancy but a good burrito stand with lots of choices. Be sure to go inside to order so that you can take advantage of the salsa bar. There are large pine trees behind the restaurant to provide shade for your buddy. Also there is a park behind the shopping center where Alphonso's is located if your little friend needs to take a walk.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Cashchik
        Tha Groovin' Gourmet

        Thanks for the tip! I do business at that exit, so I will definitely check it out even if we don't hit there this trip.

      2. saw a place called maximito's on broadway and coal in albuquerque just two minutes south of I40 down I25. you should check it out. i read some stuff about them here and went to try it. best damn mexican food i've EVER eaten!!!

        1. I had breakfast a few days ago at El Tejavan in Amarillo on I-40 along the north side just before Grand St. The huevos rancheros were great-- maybe not the same as Perea's in Albuquerque but still pretty authentic. There is only one type of sauce (red) and it is milder than in NM, but still pretty spicy. El Tejavan advertises that it's "Authentic-- No Tex-Mex." Most of the guys in there were eating caldo de res. I would not want to go for lunch or dinner because there are no enchiladas on the menu-- mainly tacos and meat items, but I imagine this would be perfect for take-out.

          There are two locations of El Tejavan. The one at 3420 I-40 West opens at 10:30, and the one where I ate (3801 I-40 East) opens at 9 a.m. (still pretty late for breakfast, but you wanted it for lunch anyway).

          If you want an earlier breakfast there are some other Mexican places near El Tejavan east. Look on Grand Street south of I-40 and there are at least a couple of Mexican restaurants open for breakfast.