Carne adovada — pork stewed in earthy New Mexican red chili — is the lifeblood of Mary & Tito’s (2711 Fourth Street Northwest; 505-344-6266; maryandtitos.com). Its recipe hasn’t changed in decades, nor has its décor — qualities lauded with a 2010 James Beard America’s Classic award. Try the carne adovada, wrapped in flaky dough and fried ($6.95).”
“FREE association with “Albuquerque” used to yield “Bugs Bunny” and “that airport you go through to get to Santa Fe.” But New Mexico’s biggest city has come into its own in recent years. Thanks to tax breaks and great scenery, the TV and film industry is booming: Joss Whedon’s mega-budget “Avengers” wrapped here this summer, and next year, “Breaking Bad” starts shooting its fifth season withAlbuquerque as a backdrop. For visitors, the sprawl can seem daunting, but it is tempered by new bike paths. On the main drag, Central Avenue, neon signs from Route 66’s heyday glow over revitalized, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. And along the banks of the Rio Grande, lush farmland provides a quiet oasis, not to mention heirloom beans, corn and more to feed the city’s vibrant organic movement.”
Also featured is my favorite coffee place, Pratt and Chris Morales’ Golden Crown Panaderia, about which she says
For a taste of old-school Albuquerque, head to Golden Crown Panaderia (1103 Mountain Road Northwest; 505-243-2424; goldencrown.biz), for empanadas, Mexican-style bolillos and pizza with blue corn or green chili crust ($6). Salads ($9) are tossed with greens snipped from a tangled indoor garden. For dessert, get a classic anise-laced biscochito cookie (35 cents, if the hospitable owner Pratt Morales didn’t hand you one as you walked in) and a double-shot espresso milkshake ($6.05).”
Ezra’s and Marble Brewery (two more of my favorite places) are there, too. Read the whole article.