We were almost ready to leave Albuquerque, but we needed something to eat before we got on the road. Before we left New Mexico, I was hoping for some more New Mexican cuisine. Amanda suggested we try ANOTHER of our reader Kylie’s recommendations and try Padilla’s for lunch before heading on our way.
We popped over to Padilla’s, it wasn’t far from the hotel, and had a small lunch.
Padilla’s tastes exactly like the outside suggests. The food has as much character as the strip mall it resides in. We were hoping to get in and out early enough to avoid any rush. We were there before 11:30, but we certainly didn’t miss the rush.
The place was packed, and there was a line. We didn’t have to wait, because they had a small table for two tucked in a back corner, but there were two tables of three in front of us. We knew we had stumbled onto something special at that point, albeit with a little guidance.
Our waiter was so on top of things. We had drinks in seconds, and never waited for refills. He provided recommendations on what to get. He gave us chips and salsa. He was so fast, that we missed his name, but he was cheery and friendly and efficient. The salsa was good, but the salsa was outstanding. I don’t think it was fresh, but it was really well-seasoned with chiles. For my lunch, I ordered a couple of enchiladas a la carte with one fried egg on top.
The Wife ordered tacos. I’m so proud of the Wife. When we first met, she couldn’t eat anything with any real spice. Now, while she still has a spice barrier, she can eat SO much more, and enjoys well-flavored spicy foods. As she finished her tacos, she even used the rest of the salsa on her rice and beans.
The food was incredible. I love green chiles, and there’s no doubt they are a huge part of New Mexican cuisine, but I’m really beginning to think its more than that. I can’t put my finger on it, but between Padilla’s, and Sadie’s and Anita’s in D.C., the food is just exquisite.
Hopefully we’ll find some kind of New Mexican food in Vegas, once we get there.