Home-Cooked New Mexican Food in Corrales
First visit: August 25, 2015
Fifth visit: March 26, 2016
The owner, Ginger Hunter, a native Corraleña, describes her place as:
“My name is Ginger. I’m from Corrales, born and raised. I don’t have any special secret recipes, this is the food I grew up with. Las Ristras is not a chain of restaurants. I have never owned a restaurant in my life, this is the first one. Everything is homemade, and is prepared the same way we do at home, only in a commercial setting. I have trained my staff to welcome everyone into the restaurant as if they were welcoming everyone into my home. I treat my staff and guests like friends and family, and try to make it a home like environment. Hopefully what makes a difference is that I care about people and making everyone as comfortable as possible , it makes me feel good to know that when someone comes by, they had a good experience, a good home-cooked meal, and want to keep coming back.”
And I replied,
“Nicely said, Ginger.
What I like about Las Ristras is that it is not a clone of the many dozens of cookie-cutter NM restaurants. The food is homemade and I feel like I’m eating (and conversing) in Ginger’s kitchen. This is simple food lovingly prepared.
It is not Mary and Tito’s nor should it be. But then, IMHO, nothing can compare to M&T. [BTW, Antoinette G Knight is also a native Corraleño.]
The Chiles Rellenos are a big hit with me. This place is good, and will, no doubt, surely become very good. I feel at home here, and that counts a lot with me.”
The ristras and other paintings on the walls were created by a long-time friend of Ginger’s, Chef Jon Young, a man of seemingly limitless talents.
OK. Is the food any good?
Would *I* come back here three (and counting) times were it not?
My favorites, so far. Both are excellent.
The Best of the Rest
Try everything. It’s all very good. I expect to be back here often. Look for me.