Saturday June 13, 2009 cont.
We continued north to the small town of Embudo to eat at a place we were eagerly anticipating, Sugar's
. We had driven right past this place earlier in the trip on the way to Taos, but it was already closed for the night. The reason we were particularly excited about Sugar's
in the photo in the Roadfood review of the bulldog sitting on top of the wall, watching the customers eat.
We loved Sugar's
just based on how the place looked. Obviously, just a trailer with a tin front, it was screaming good Roadfood to us. They have a beautiful framed black & white photo of a bulldog,
who the restaurant is certainly named after. Being big dog lovers, we loved this touch! Here is a poor photo of the menu,
highlighted by the bbq and burger options on it. We placed our orders and then sat down in the lovely little picnic table area nearby. Captain Combo struck again! His three meat choices were ribs, brisket and sausage. The ribs were very tender, but not fall off the bone, which is what we like. It provided a nice chew with lots of meaty flavor. Thumbs up! The brisket with the clear smoke ring, was even more tender. It was on the fatty side, but Johnny still liked it very much. Johnny described the sausage as being more like a kielbasa and not like a Texas hot link, with a crispy exterior and a nice snap when you bit into it. The only problem with the meats was that it came drenched in too much sauce. The sauce was very thick, on the sweet side, with maybe some vinegar and did provide a small amount of heat. We liked the sauce, but less would have been more in this case. My entree was the brisket burrito, which also contained green chiles. The combination was addictive and was on the short list of best things I ate on the trip. We split up the sides. The cole slaw was finely chopped. I liked it better than Johnny, who thought it was too peppery. He was much happier with the potato salad, which was also chopped fine and contained a heavy does of mayo, plus some pickle. The sweet beans, with plenty of pork in it, were my favorite side. Johnny ate the cornbread in a manner that he picked up from ChiTownDiner when we were in Memphis. Sorry about the food photos having so many shadows. I have yet to master the art of outdoor food photography. Sugar's gets high marks from us for the food and had we asked them to go a little lighter on the sauce, we would have liked it even more. The only disappointment is that we never saw a dog the entire time we were here. We got back in the car and headed south, back towards Santa Fe. Sugar's 1799 SR-68 Embudo, NM 505-852-0604 http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1389/sugars Much more to come.....
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/08/31 10:52:17