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mar52

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Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Sun, 06/19/11 11:05 AM (permalink)
Speaking of the Ranch Kitchen in Gallup, NM…
 
I was there a few days ago.
 

 
I hadn’t seen any discussion on Gallup other than it was a place to stop and gas up so I reached out to Yelp and found it.
 
We stayed just a little ways down the street from it and obviously hit it before the dinner crowd arrived:
 

 
Although looking at those green enchiladas I was worried that cilantro was a major factor in its greenness so I ordered the stuffed sopapillas, something I’d never had before.
 
While waiting for our food to arrive our waitress brought us a bowl of garlic bread and salsa.  I was shocked when I took that first bite.  I should have realized that salsa does not go with bread.  After my first taste I decided that marinara is not a good choice, either.
 

 
The sopapilla wasn’t like those I’ve had before….. little puffy squares of delight that I could break open and fill with honey.
 
No, these were large doughish rectangles… two of them with the stuffing between them, covered with melted cheese.
 

 
The stuffing consisted of ground beef, diced tomatoes, onions lettuce, boiled pinto beans and those wonderful Hatch Chilies.
 
 
The menu at The Ranch Kitchen offers something for everyone…  Italian, BBQ, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, salads and the area appropriate New Mexican cuisine.
 
I highly recommend it and hope that it’s added to the must visits on Roadfood.
 
Sorry for the large pictures.  I'm not on my regular computer with the paint programs.

 
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    pnwchef

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    Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Sun, 06/19/11 11:18 AM (permalink)
    Isn't there an old fart roaming in that area this week..... The food looks great, hope your having fun................pnwc
     
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      MiamiDon

      Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Sun, 06/19/11 11:50 AM (permalink)
      Nice photos, Marlene!  That sign would have scared me off.  Steaks, Mexican, BBQ, Italian, Pizza!
       
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        mar52

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        Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Sun, 06/19/11 4:06 PM (permalink)
        I roamed to Texas with Branson, MO and Louisiana as my planned stops.
         
        I'll post more when I get home.
         
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          ScreamingChicken

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          Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Mon, 06/20/11 12:41 PM (permalink)
          MiamiDon


          Nice photos, Marlene!  That sign would have scared me off.  Steaks, Mexican, BBQ, Italian, Pizza!

          I thought it was promoting "Mexican BBQ" and "Italian Pizza"!
          The sopapilla looks good, Mar.  And I agree with you about garlic bread & salsa.
           
          Brad
           
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            lleechef

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            Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Mon, 06/20/11 6:42 PM (permalink)
            Next time try the cheese enchiladas with the green chiles. They didn't serve me any garlic bread. Just the tortilla chips wth their green chile salsa. Excellent.
             
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              mar52

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              Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Mon, 06/20/11 11:24 PM (permalink)
              I had the green sauce over the sopapilla.  It was excellent.
               
              We'll drive through Gallup on our way back so we might go back.
               
              The combination of foods served was disconcerting, but something told me it would be good.  I'd go back without hesitation.
               
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                CCJPO

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                Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Tue, 06/21/11 2:40 AM (permalink)
                I have found that many small towns, or former small towns in the west and south west have menus that multi task. Italian and Mexican cuisine, as well as offering great steaks are not unusual. My favorite was in a small town  that offered Italian, Mexican, Greek and Chinese, as well as great steaks. These menus, while not always completely authentic allow us folks that live in God's Country a sembalance of taste treats not often found. We live 50 miles from from anywhere and everywhere, so different tates are always welcomed.
                 
                 
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                  Michael Hoffman

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                  Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Thu, 06/23/11 4:05 PM (permalink)
                  Mar, I can't remember what camera you have. I want to get a small one to carry instead of just toting my big Nikons. As I recall yours is a Canon, but what's the model number?
                   
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                    agnesrob

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                    Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Fri, 06/24/11 8:10 AM (permalink)
                    Yes, Mar I'd like to know too. Your pictures are beautiful!
                     
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                      mar52

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                      Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Mon, 06/27/11 7:12 PM (permalink)
                      Michael and Agnes...  I'm using the Canon S95.  I really like it but I've found I sometimes have to use the manual settings.
                       
                      I just got back to Texas from a 4 night stay in Branson, Missouri.  I'm leaving for New Orleans Friday evening.  I'm taking lots of pictures and maybe a few will be worth posting.
                       
                      I'll probably be back home in a couple of weeks and hopefully I'll make it back to The Ranch Kitchen while driving through Gallup.  I really enjoyed what I ordered.
                       
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                        joerogo

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                        Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Tue, 06/28/11 8:51 AM (permalink)
                        mar52, I am loving your itinerary and looking for to the rest of your trip report. 
                         
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                          Nancypalooza

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                          Re:Speaking of New Mexico and The Ranch Kitchen... Wed, 07/6/11 4:21 PM (permalink)
                          You're fussing about those big pictures but I said 'wow' when I opened this up.  They're gorgeous.  And I would just tell those people to bring me whatever on a plate and gladly eat it. :)  Have a wonderful remainder of your trip hon!
                           
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