Sunday June 14, 2009
There are two main ways to get from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. Interstate 25 will get you from one to the other in just about an hour. If you have the time and want to see more scenery, take NM Rte. 14, also known as the Turquoise Trail. This is the road we took, partially because our breakfast destination, San Marcos Cafe
in the town of Cerrillos, is on Rte. 14. Unfortunately, we had a bear of a time finding the place. We must of drove past it twice and the GPS was no help at all. But, at least it let us discover this interesting sign,
next to a gas station, while we were lost. No outside sign was apparent, so what clued in that this was the restaurant was the peacocks
roaming around in the yard. Hey, we even got to see one of the peacocks showing off his glorious tail
for a peahen. Hmmmm, I'm thinking she's seen this before and isn't too impressed!
The inside of the San Marcos Cafe
is fairly large,
with plenty of room between tables and multiple dining rooms. We were seated in the small room on the right, which was attractively decorated.
We were very much impressed by the little touches. We asked for water and we got this well worn, but appropriate for here, pitcher.
The excellent hot chocolates arrived in San Marcos Cafe
And the orange juice was fresh squeezed.
Here was the specials board,
with lots of tempting options. We started our meal off with a hot cinnamon roll.
Larger than most, it was extremely flaky and not overly sweet. We loved it! My entree was the Eggs San Marcos,
a dish of scrambled eggs inside a tortilla, covered with guacamole, plus green and red chiles. The chiles here had first rate flavor, with the green being much hotter. Johnny had the corned beef hash,
which was very tender, with a nice crispy outside.
Along with well done potatoes and over easy eggs, Johnny was very happy with his meal. Oh, and some really good homemade, warm and buttery bread
came with the meals. San Marcos Cafe
has an interesting history. There used to be a black tie wearing rooster named Buddy who greeted the guests and served as unofficial mascot. But Buddy passed away years ago and even without a replacement, we gave San Marcos Cafe
high marks. Before we left, I did pose in the doorway
in the side yard, but forgot to give the John Wayne pose, like Michael Stern does in the Roadfood review. San Marcos Cafe 3877 SR-14 Cerrillos, NM 505-471-9298 http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1397/san-marcos-cafe
Time was running short for Johnny's time in New Mexico, but we did make one more stop and that was at the New Mexico Musuem of Natural History in Albuquerque. They have lots of interesting exhibits here, but we were most impressed by the dinosaur displays.
And we couldn't help but take a fun photo outside the museum. http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/
It was time to take Johnny to the airport and say our good byes, since my flight didn't leave until the next morning. But, now that I don't have him holding me back anymore, I can FINALLY do some serious eating!
More to come.....
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