New Mexico July 04, 2018
These 7 Restaurants In New Mexico Might Be Microscopic But They’re To Die For
The saying is true: good things come in small packages. These seven New Mexican restaurants aren’t just small – they’re nearly microscopic. You might have to wait for a table, but these hidden gems are so worth the wait. If you’re in a rush, take-out is always an option, but no matter what you do, don’t pass up these unassuming restaurants just because they’re small. What they lack in size, they make up for in explosions of flavor, but don’t blink or you might miss them.
1. El Patio de Albuquerque
This converted house has turned into a classic spot that serves up the best southwest cuisine in the area, and their outdoor patio will have you feeling like you’re in a fairy tale. If you haven't tried their sopapillas yet, you're truly missing out.
The original El Patio De Albuquerque is located at 142 Harvard Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM.
2. KendalBen Barbeque
KendalBen is known for their smoked meats, and we'd argue they're some of
the best in the state.
Inside this unassuming restaurant is the biggest flavors in BBQ. Whether you're looking for pulled pork, brisket, bison, ribs, or many others, it's cooked to perfection every time.
KendalBen Barbeque is located at 314 W. U.S. Hwy 66, Milan, NM.
3. El Metate Tamale Factory
This tamale factory might be off the beaten path and unassuming from the outside, but inside holds a world of flavor. You simply
cannot find better tamales
than at this completely family-run restaurant. Try a combo plate to experience them all!
El Metate Tamale Factory is located at 610 W. Mesa Ave., Gallup, NM.
4. Chat An' Chew
This little shack is simply too cute to resist. Although there's no seating indoors, you can sit at picnic tables outside this playhouse-like snack shop. Whether it be a Frito pie, a corn dog, or an honest-to-goodness burger, this place is so quaint.
Chat An' Chew is located at Hwy 64, Shiprock, NM.
5. Taqueria Mexico
This taqueria in Albuquerque might be tiny, but it's arguably the best spot in ABQ for tacos. This taqueria might be extremely small, but the big portions and authentic recipes make up for it. If you're not in the mood for tacos, their tortas and horchata are just as addicting.
Taqueria Mexico is located at 415 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.
6. Nancy's Silver Cafe
This little diner restaurant in Silver City is a local favorite, so be sure to arrive early or prepare to wait. Some favorites: Mexican eggs, chile relleno, sopapillas. Don't forget the coffee at this old time diner!
Nancy's Silver Cafe is located at 514 N. Bullard St., Historic Downtown, Silver City, NM.
7. Hillsboro General Store Cafe
Not only is this hidden gem a restaurant perfect for the whole family, it's located inside a historic mercantile general store. Despite being small, this unassuming restaurant in Hillsboro serves up a menu full of southwest and American favorites that are modern, despite being surrounded by awesome memorabilia from the 19th century. After your meal, stay and explore a bit!
Hillsboro General Store Cafe is located at 10697 Highway 152, Hillsboro, NM.
New Mexicans, have you been to any of these tiny hidden gems? How was your meal? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!