We went with some of our friends to a Sunday night dinner outing to Tia's Cocina or Aunt's kitchen, located in the Hotel Chimayo. The restaurant is noted for it's Chimayo or Northern New Mexican style food. I love going to Rancho de Chimayo( see one of my previous reviews, but sometimes I am not in the mood for a long drive). The big hit of the evening was the pan fried breaded rainbow trout, trucha, with a lemon butter garlic sauce served with papa fritas and calabacitas( Mexican gray squash or zucchini. Here it was Mexican gray squash )My friend couldn't stop raving about how wonderful it tasted. I am always glad when this happens because I suggested this restaurant.
Another person in our party had the carne de marrano, which are savory grilled pork chops with Chimayo red chile, papa fritas and calabacitas. My wife had the lengua con chile rojo which is a slow cooked beef tongue. The lengua was served with Chimayo red chile, Spanish rice, pinto beans and chicos with a fresh flour tortilla. Ok, I have to discuss Chimayo red chile. It is the best red chile ever. The chiles are grown in Chimayo. It has a deep flavor that you can taste in your dreams. Believe me when I am away from New Mexico I need my red chile or green chile from Hatch from the southern part of the state. I had the vegetarian plato which was traditional New Mexican style baked macaroni with Chimayo chile served with pinto beans, sauteed spinach and chicos( I had calabacitas). Ok, I got teased at the table for eating kids food. I don't care. It is New Mexican comfort food. It was tasty and delicious. The beans were almost as good as my wife's. The spinach was tender. I dived right in and gobbled them down.
The only downside to our meal was a sluggish wait person. It was not a busy Sunday night. There were only 2 other tables with patrons inside and a few outside on the terrace. During our meal the table next to us had barbeque ribs. We didn't see it on the menu. We asked our server. He said it wasn't on the menu. What is that about?
He did bother to tell us about the goat's milk flan. This is the best flan I have ever had. So ask about it.
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