Drive-Ins Worth the Drive
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!