Re:I should have made a left at Albuquerque!
Fri, 08/13/10 9:50 AM
Monday June 8, 2009 cont. Once we were back in New Mexico, our first stop was the small town of La Mesa, home to the Roadfood restaurant Chope's. We knew ahead of time that they are closed on Mondays, but I still wanted to see the place and maybe, hope for a miracle. The place sure looked promising from the outside, but they were indeed closed. Instead of getting back on the interstate, we took Route 28 north and were treated with some lovely scenery. And once we arrived in Mesilla, we struck by the beauty of this small town. Instead of going straight to lunch, we spent a good hour or so wandering around. Some of the sights around town. Right on the north end of the small town plaza is a great looking church, known as Basilica of San Albino. Johnny and I really liked the town of Mesilla. Our lunch spot was only a few blocks away, so we walked over. La Posta de Mesilla has long been in the Roadfood books and on the outside, it looked very New Mexican! The building itself has a long history as more than just a restaurant. The lobby was unusual, as they have very large bird cages and fish tanks, including piranhas. The entire interior was decorated in a bright, cheerful decor and this is one of the prettiest restaurants I have ever seen. I even ended up taking a photo of the sink in the men's room! The menu is huge, so we told the waitress we wanted to look it over for a bit, but we did want to start with some appetizers. Soon, our basket of sopaipillas arrived. These are puffy rectangles of fry bread, best served piping hot. There are only two to an order here, but these sopaipillas are larger than what you normally see. Drizzled with honey, these sopaipillas were pure heaven! Because Johnny needed a change of pace, he also ordered a bowl of fruit, which came with some cottage cheese on top. For how much fresh, sweet fruit we got, we thought this was a bargain at $6.00. Great idea by Johnny and we made quick work of it. Also as an appetizer, we placed an order for La Posta de Mesilla's most famous dish, Tostadas Compuestas, which was first created here in 1939 and spread to other New Mexican restaurants. We loved all these fresh ingredients and different flavors on top of each other. To complete our meal before our meals showed up, these was chips and salsa on our table, which we devoured. For our entrees, true to form, Johnny went with Combination Plate #1, which was frijoles, tamales, rolled red enchilada, rolled taco, red enchilada con carne and rice. I can't remember specifically how each thing was, but I do know he was very happy with his meal. My entree was the Green Enchilada, which was corn tortillas covered with green chile and topped with shredded cheese. On the side was frijoles, rice and an interesting Mexican slaw, which tasted like it had salad oil or vinegar on it. The dish got a thumbs up from me. La Posta de Mesilla was one of the better dining experiences during our week in New Mexico. needless to say, I was happy when it was announced that this restaurant is going to be part of the upsoming Roadfood bus tour. No doubt, everyone is going to enjoy their meals here. One other cool thing about this place is that the galley on the nuclear submarine USS New Mexico is names after La Posta de Mesilla, which is quite an honor. La Posta de Mesilla 2410 Calle de San Albino Mesilla, NM 505-524-3524 http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/355/la-posta-de-mesilla After a little more exploring in town, we drove north and checked into our hotel room in Las Cruces. Much more to come.....
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