We pulled up to Coyote Bluff, which looks like a small shack on the side of the road, and headed over to check out the scene. If you’ve never been there, it is important to ask how they do things and follow the lead of those in line ahead of you. Basically, there is an informal line that forms outside. When people come out of the café, the next party lets the servers know how many are in their party, and they are the next up to get a table. Tables turn over quickly, but we have 4-5 parties ahead of us. So what do you do while you wait outside in the mid-day heat? You poke your head inside and choose a beer from their beer tub, drink it while you wait, and bring the empty back inside to pay for it with your meal. Yes, they run on the honor system. So we followed suit, grabbed a beer and only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table…not bad for noon on a Saturday! I ordered the Hell Burger (I love spice!), and Jen ordered the California burger which came with green chile and guacamole. We halved each one…both were amazing. Probably one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever had. The patties were thick and juicy, but well cooked. None of the peppers were over-powering, they just added a great flavor and kick to the meal. Sufficiently full and needing to get back on the road, we gassed up and headed out.
|The Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, NM|
|Green Chile Burrito, Frontier Resturant|
After dinner, it was time to have a couple beers and check out the city. We first headed towards the Northeast side to Bad Ass Brewery. It’s located in a strip mall, which made us chuckle, but it was a nice looking bar inside. They had 11 beers on tap, which were all good beers. All of the workers seemed well-versed in their profession and had lots of good information to share. Jen and I split a sampler, and decided to move on. We then headed into a more downtown, industrial area to a place called La Cumbre. This place was packed, as they had live bluegrass bands playing. We did the sampler here as well, lots of IPA style beers, more Jen’s thing, but they were good. We hung out here for a couple hours, enjoying the music and chatting it up with locals. We had one more stop in mind, but were re-routed by a friendly couple, who sent us conveniently around the corner to Il Vicino Brewery. Il Vicino had a great outdoor patio area, and although it was 90+ degrees, the dry heat isn’t anything compared to the humidity of Chicago, and there was a steady breeze. Perfect night to just sit outside and relax with a few new samplers. The beer here was great….actually Albuquerque put on a good beer show, had some great live music, and lots of friendly people. My favorite part is that dogs are allowed in all of these places (which makes me miss Rizzo, my 8-year-old pit bull) and I would love to bring my baby girl back here! She’d have a blast with all of these crazy people.
We made it an early-ish night (Another full day accomplished), grabbed some Del Taco on the way back, as we have never been to one and don’t have them in Illinois. We also wanted to make sure that we rolled into bed instead of being smart and NOT eating again. Oh well , we’re on vacation right?! What’s more food and beer??
The next couple of stops are the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. We are planning on camping, so chance that I will have wi-fi to update anything are slim, but as soon as I get to Vegas in a few days, I will post the updates and (fingers crossed) pictures! Should be an adventurous few days that I’m definitely looking forward to!
As always, please post comments or ideas of places to see/eat/drink/whatever…and get your butts out and travel!