Re:I should have made a left at Albuquerque!
Thu, 08/26/10 3:58 PM
Friday June 12, 2009 cont. Next up on the list of things to do was make a quick stop at the Five and Dime General Store, a store located right on the Plaza. The Roadfood significance of the Five and Dime is that here is where Fritos Pie was invented and is still served in fine fashion. The snack bar is located in the back of the store. They do make several other things beside the Fritos Pie, but that is all I have ever tried here. Over 30,000 sold a year, that is rather impressive! They still do it the way it has always been done, where they tear open a bag of Fritos and then warm chile is poured directly into the bag. After that, a layer of shredded cheese is piled on top. The combination of the chile, cheese and no longer crunchy chips are unbeatable. Here is one ready to eat! Another nice little thing about them all being mixed into the one bag is that they are perfect for strolling around the Plaza with. In fact, back in Pittsburgh, you will see these listed on festival menus as walking tacos, since you can eat them while going mobile. One other nice little thing we observed here is that they don't hand the Fritos Pie directly to you. After they prepare it, they set it in a holder especially designed for it. This makes it easier for the customer to pay, instead of juggling the food, your wallet and whatever else you are holding. And for those of you who like to send postcards back to your loved ones, the Five and Dime has the largest selection in the city. There was a photo taken here of me in a sombrero, but I don't want to post it and infringe on wanderingjew's domain! Five and Dime General Store 58 E. San Francisco Santa Fe, NM 505-992-1800 http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1381/five-and-dime-general-store Johnny and I did indeed enjoy our Fritos Pie while walking the Plaza, looking at the sights. Now, I have been to Santa Fe many times, but strolling the Plaza is still a "must do" on every trip. From the local Native Americans selling jewelry in front of the Palace of the Governors, to the beautiful architecture, there is plenty to see. Here are some photos from within a block or two of the Santa Fe Plaza. After a couple hours of exploring, it was time to grab a bite to eat. A reasonable walk from the Plaza is Bert's Burger Bowl, so we hiked on over. The place looked cool on the outside, in a retro 1950's sort of way. They do offer all kinds of different kinds of burgers, including a Kobe beef burger, but we stuck to the basics and got the green chile cheeseburgers. And here is where I made a big mistake. I hadn't called into work for a few days, so I asked Johnny to collect the food and bring it outside, where I grabbed a table. Anyway, there was some things going on and I ended up being on the phone for almost an hour. Needless to say, my green chile cheeseburger had grown cold. It was still pretty to look at and I can tell you that Johnny came away impressed, but this is not something that tastes as good cold. No big deal, since I wasn't exactly starving to death. And we both liked our creamy shakes, mine being the chocolate. With us being back in Santa Fe in a few weeks, giving Bert's another shot will be a priority. Bert's Burger Bowl 235 Guadalupe Street Santa Fe, NM 505-982-0215 http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1379/berts-burger-bowl We ended up doing a little shopping, since I had run short of socks and Johnny some other necessary items, before we headed out for our return meal to Bobcat Bite. Once again, I chronicled it here, http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Bobcat-BiteSanta-Fe-NM-m520346.aspx so no reason to rehash it. But, I do kind of like this close-up shot taken of the burger. I'll say it again..... Both Johnny and I consider Bobcat Bite the #1 Roadfood restaurant we have ever visited and nothing else comes close. It was that good! The rest of the night was spent in the hotel yelling at the tv. My Pittsburgh Penguins were playing in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals and my team was fortunate enough to win over an outstanding opponent, the Detroit Red Wings. Needless to say, I was on Cloud 9! This had been a great day! Much more to come.....
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