Drive-Ins Worth the Drive

Catron Courier - - Front Page - by Sam Palah­nuk

New Mex­ico is a quirky, nos­tal­gic and his­toric place—not to men­tion en­chant­ing! Sprin­kled through­out the state are more than a dozen fam­ily owned, old-fash­ioned drivein restau­rants that harken back to a more in­no­cent time in Amer­ica’s his­tory. The image of a young roller -skate wear­ing carhop zip­ping to your vin­tage con­vert­ible and plac­ing a tray filled with freshly made cheese­burg­ers and ice­cream shakes on your car win­dow, and eat­ing in your car while mu­sic from the 1950’s plays, is firmly etched into our Amer­i­can psy­che.

Even if you don’t own a vin­tage con­vert­ible, here’s a list of some par­tic­u­larly good drive-in restau­rants in New Mex­ico that are cer­tainly worth the drive:

Cir­cle T Drive-In, 625 E Reinken Av­enue, Be­len. This drive-in serves de­li­cious green chile cheese­burg­ers, na­chos, chili cheese fries and they even serve fried ice cream. Amaz­ing food, great at­mos­phere and very com­fort­able to sit down and eat. Go for the burg­ers!

A&B Drive-In, 211 N Broad­way Street, Truth or Con­se­quences. Are you hun­gry from soak­ing in the hot springs? Try A&Bs fa­mous hot dogs, burg­ers, tacos and fresh made en­chi­ladas. Or a per­sonal fa­vorite, their flau­tas, mean­ing tac­quitos. Get them covered in red chile with gua­camole on the side. Dog House Drive-In, 1215 Cen­tral Ave SW, Al­bu­querque. This un­fussy and sim­ple place is fa­mous for their very spicy and de­li­cious chili dogs and juicy burg­ers, tasty fries, and Frito pie. Warn­ing, their chile is hot, which is per­fect if you love it that way. Hur­ri­cane's Restau­rant

and Drive-In, 4330 Lo­mas Blvd NE, Al­bu­querque, serv­ing a full range of Mex­i­can fare & Amer­i­can diner clas­sics served in a 1950s set­ting with drivein & eat-in ser­vice. This place is es­pe­cially dog friendly, so they’ll will bring out a wa­ter bowl for your ca­nine com­pan­ions. They have an awe­some retro at­mos­phere, great prices, de­lec­ta­ble food and very friendly ser­vice! Their “fa­mous” en­chi­ladas re­ally are worth the drive—per­sonal fa­vorite is the red with beef.

And still on our “to try list”: Comet II in Santa Rosa, Becky’s Drive-In in Carls­bad, Foxy’s Drive-In in Clo­vis, Hi-DHo in Al­magordo Drive-In, and Mac’s Steak in the Rough in Al­bu­querque. Nice to know there are still places to go!

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