Since 1965 Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante in The Chimayo Valley has been serving customers on their way between Santa Fe and Taos on the legendary High Road. This path takes you through lovely territory, extending from the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the Rio Grande Valley.
A prickly pear frozen lemonade along with some guacamole and salsa (the chile based salsa shines) is the perfect way to sit on the heated patio and take in the menu.
Two zucchini, green chile, black bean and corn tamales served with whole beans along with a sopapillas is the call today from a menu with flautas, chile relleno, burritos and more unusual fare like a carne adovado pequena served with posole and Spanish rice.
The Monster must admit tamales are not his jam so while he eats his share he does so begrudgingly. This is a Mrs. Monster operation all the way. She says they are a little dry (The Monster counters they always are) but she likes the fiery, smoky red chile the tamale is smothered in.
The sopapillas are thick and hot, all the better to spoon in honey and have a sweet end to the meal.
The property also holds a charming seven room hacienda and store where one can pick up the signature salsas and chiles for home.
Why go? People tell you you are a prickly pear.
Monster rating: 2/5 Monsters
County Road 98
Chimayo, NM 87522