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El Farolito

1212 Main St., El Rito, NM - (575) 581-9509
Far away from everywhere in the tiny town of El Rito, this folksy little eatery offers chiles rellenos, tacos, enchiladas, and green chile cheeseburgers, plus excellent Frito pie. The green chili is especially excellent: a luxurious stew of bite-size pieces of pork, tomato, and slivers of ultrahot green chile.
92% Approval Rating (14 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
green chili cheese fries
Sopaipillas
Stuffed Sopaipilla Green
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Green Chile
Chilies Rellenos
Tamale
Fritos Pie
red chili cheese fries
Mexican Hot Chocolate

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"El Rito is a long way from almost everywhere, but the trip to get there is stunning. It is a drive through pure New Mexico, with a landscape of awesome rock formations, sagebrush, and grazing cows. The town is little more than a single street with a general store on ..."   [Read More]
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Andrea Still
March 01, 2008
"I visited El Farolito after reading the reviews here, and going on the concurrent raves of my Realtor; it is hands down her favorite New Mexican place, especially for the green chile cheeseburger. Kind of a letdown, though; the chiles are bland and clearly canned, ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1212 Main St., El Rito, NM
(575) 581-9509

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
A chile relleno covered in the thin, hot red chile
"A chile relleno covered in the thin, hot red chile"
Cliff Strutz





The northern New Mexico classic: Fritos pie. The chips are bedded down below the chile.
"The northern New Mexico classic: Fritos pie. The chips are bedded down below the chile."
Michael Stern


I like the stuffed sopaipilla itself just fine, but the green chile here is so good, it would make any dish magical.
"I like the stuffed sopaipilla itself just fine, but the green chile here is so good, it would make any dish magical."
Cliff Strutz


In New Mexico, chile is always spelled with an E at the end. It's a way of honoring the official state vegetable. This is a bowl of green chile stew.
"In New Mexico, chile is always spelled with an E at the end. It's a way of honoring the official state vegetable. This is a bowl of green chile stew."
Michael Stern


A superb example of the Green Chile Cheeseburger
"A superb example of the Green Chile Cheeseburger"
Michael Stern


The Mexican hot chocolate provides strong chocolate flavor without being overly sweet.
"The Mexican hot chocolate provides strong chocolate flavor without being overly sweet."
Cliff Strutz


The traditional breadstuff with New Mexican meals: sopaipillas. They are fresh-fried and served warm with honey.
"The traditional breadstuff with New Mexican meals: sopaipillas. They are fresh-fried and served warm with honey."
Michael Stern


The interior is tiny and most of the seats are picnic tables.
"The interior is tiny and most of the seats are picnic tables."
Cliff Strutz


El Farolito is justifiably proud of their great green chile.
"El Farolito is justifiably proud of their great green chile."
Cliff Strutz


El Farolito is a tiny diner on the Main Street of El Rito, a town that is little more than a main street.
"El Farolito is a tiny diner on the Main Street of El Rito, a town that is little more than a main street."
Michael Stern


El Farolito means
"El Farolito means "The Little Lantern," which is how this restaurant is marked."
Michael Stern



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