I always say trust the locals when looking for a great place to eat. Thus far they haven’t failed me. While walking around Old Town Albuquerque, I walked into a store. After I was done looking around I spoke to one of the owners, who just happened to be from my hometown of Queens, New York! When I asked him for a recommendation of where to eat, he suggested a place that was 2 minutes away from his store, Church Street Cafe.
Upon walking up, it looked like a quaint little restaurant. Once inside, we were handed a pager to wait for a table to open. It was actually much bigger than it let on as we were seated. I liked looking around at all the Southwestern decor. We had the most amazing waiter. The best service hands down! He had so much patience and no problems explaining to us what everything was, what to order with what, and tending to us making sure we had everything we needed. We even got to know him a bit.
There was so much to choose from on the menu which had Southwestern food. I wasn’t sure what to choose, but I knew red and green chili was coming with it. Especially the green chili because that is what they are known for in Albuquerque. While I checked out the menu I ordered a San Felipe Lemon Tea which was their version of 1/2 lemonade, 1/2 iced tea (Arnold Palmer.) It tasted good till I got an after taste. So I didn’t make the best choice ordering that.
After a conversation with the waiter about what to order I finally decided on a Beef Burrito. The meal came with side choices, I went with rice and beans. My friend ordered Carne Adovada al Horno with squash and beans as a side. We asked for the red and green chili to be on the side just in case. While we waited we were brought an unlimited amount of chips and salsa.
Our food finally came and we were in awe at the amount on the plate. I knew right away there was no way I would finish it all. The food was amazing!!! I loved it and I wish I had some right now. I tried the Carne Adovada al Horno. My main reason for not ordering it was I was told it was spicy. At first I didn’t feel it, then it smacked me in the face. It was good, but me and spicy food don’t do well. I also tried my food with the chili. My friend and I were both glad we asked for it on the side! Spicy!
After dinner we had sopapillias and honey which we opted to have as dessert, since it came with the meal. It is a fried pastry that reminded me of a beignet sans the powdered sugar. I put some honey across and took a bite. It was very delicious. My friend was too full so she told me to finish them off! I happily did.
When it was all said and done we both had food to go. It was enough to make another meal. The food was delicious and the service delightful. I would highly recommend Church Street Cafe and I hope to get back soon!
Have you ever been to the Church Street Cafe? Would you have dipped your food in the chili or had it put on top of your food?