Homemade New Mexican food at its very best right here in Corrales
Latest visit: October 30, 2012
First visit: September 15, 2008
Perea’s is an immensely popular Corrales institution. I found this tiny place more than a year-and-a-half ago, and it is one of the most comforting eateries in the Duke City area. This is homemade New Mexican food at its very best.
The building is one of the oldest in Corrales, and oozes charm through its thick walls and worn brick floors. The front room is a bar, and T.C. always welcomes me as I walk in. I usually eat in the back room at a table near the small front window where there is enough light for me to see by. If the weather is good, I eat outside.
The food is astonishingly good. Enchiladas, Frito Pies (get one with Carne Adovada), Tamales, Green Chile Cheeseburgers, and more are all excellent. The superior GCCB should be ordered with just meat, cheese, chiles competition style) — forget the salad stuff and mustard (this is my personal preference). This GCCB is currently #7 on my New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Hall of Fame. No French Fries here. The Carne Adovada is better than most you will ever get anyplace. The Red is legendary. Sides for the entrées are luscious beans and posole (NOT hominy).
The staff is like family, and they treat me like I am family. Mayling Garcia has been here for quite some time (ask her about the Glass Armonica). John Perea is T.C.’s son is, and tells me that there are big plans for the family place. They bought the property just to the north and plan to incorporate it into an expanded site with more parking. They will add dinner service soon [you heard it here first]. This will be a very welcome addition to the Corrales dinner scene.
Perea’s is one of my favorite places in New Mexico, and maybe even the universe and all its parallels. Go there. Often. Eat. Drink.
PS: T.C. passed away in 2012, and is sorely missed.
What others are saying
Gil Garduño —New Mexico’s Sesquipedalian Sybarite.
“The curious appellation “Tijuana Bar” dates back to the 1920s when the 18th amendment to the Constitution established Prohibition in the United States during the period 1920 to 1933. Because Prohibition forbade the sale of alcoholic beverages, many Americans got their alcohol illegally or they went to Mexico.
“Tijuana was a popular vacation and honeymoon destination and it happens to be where proprietor T.C. Perea’s parents honeymooned in the 1920s. The newlyweds visited a bar called the “Tijuana Bar” and decided then and there to use that name should they ever open a bar. Bureaucracy being what it is, once a license to dispense alcohol is issued, it’s very difficult to change the name on the license–hence Tijuana Bar. It fits.”
Mayling Garcia and her Glass Armonica