First off, New Mexico is not Mexico. It is a culinary gem of a state if you like Spanish influenced Mexican and Native American cuisine that has been around since the 1700s when the Spaniards traveled up the Rio Grande of NM. The food from NM is not like anything else. I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico, and the Southwestern US and the cuisine is very different in NM. The grisly bits of steak chunk burritos and street tacos are more of Mexican inspired dishes typically found scattered all over the Southwest nowadays. The New Mexican Grill offers a simple and affordable version of quick service cuisine found in New Mexico. I am not going to compare it to any three star + places in Santa Fe or Albuquerque where most cuisine has taken almost an art form. To me its more like a quick service or an affordable casual restaurant you'd find in some places in Albuquerque and mostly the southern part of New Mexico. They also have the Indian bread dishes like the Navajo taco inspired dishes found in the Gallup region. Their chile is perfect (not too hot, not too mild) and goes great smothered over a burrito. Give this place a try I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. ---- My order suggestion: The ground beef and potato burrito smothered in green chile and cheese. That burrito IMHO comes pretty close to something I would find in a quick service place in Albuquerque or Las Cruces, NM. They also offer take-away meals. If you get a smothered dish, be sure the cashier doesn't carelessly pack it for you to go in your car ride home. That could get messy. Just my 2 cents and experience from NM.
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