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Best Latin in Albuquerque

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With Mexican eats and recipes that go back to 1929 when this establishment first came into being, El Modelo still continues to make waves in the new century. The restaurant serves steaming hot Latin breakfasts including Huevos Rancheros, Tamales, Sopaipillas and burritos. While classic Mexican delights rule the roost, there are also a handful of New Mexican treats that are all set to tantalize your taste-buds here - such as the rice and bean loaded Chile Rellenos and Orden de Enchiladas replete with rolled cheese and Chile meat. You can also dial up your Mexican favorite with an extra serving of chips, eggs, bacon or cheese.

Located along the Rio Grande Bosque, El Pinto's shaded patio draws diners from throughout New Mexico. Established in 1962, this dining gem has maintained its reputation for serving authentic New Mexican dishes. A number of tables are situated in private nooks for more private, romantic dining. Award-winning salsa precedes each meal. Generous portions of New Mexican dishes such as carne adovada, chile rellenos, enchiladas, and burritos are offered. As ultimate proof of its glowing reputation it has been visited by President Bush and Mick Jagger (separately, of course).

To reason that this restaurant is only popular because of its budget-happy prices would be a slanderous insult to the kitchen. The menu specializes in authentic New Mexican fare featuring popular choices as chicken tacos, hefty enchiladas, and a Chile Relleno that comes so smothered in cheese that one wonders if perhaps the chef has direct ties with the Wisconsin cheese industry. If the tongue begs for something other than Mexican there is also a decent selection of burgers and sandwiches. Beer and wine is available.

Authentic New Mexican food and a full bar at Casa de Benavidez awaits your arrival. It is a very good idea to make reservations as this is a popular restaurant. There is a separate take-out entrance to confirm the restaurant's popularity. A lovely patio with umbrellas, fountains, a pond, greenery and flowers highlights the excellent atmosphere. The large menu offers Mexican and New Mexican favorites as well as the All-American Hamburger. They are famous for their Sopapilla Burger.

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