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El Farolito

1212 Main St., El Rito, NM - (575) 581-9509
Posted By Andrea Still on 3/1/2008 2:10:00 PM
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, and the cheeseburger is tasty but WAY too big, making the chile to cheese to burger ratio way off. The bun is pasty and doughy, heavy almost. Fries are good though. Had a tamale (I'm partial to them), but it came swimming in a weird broth and was pretty greasy.

Still, the roadside allure quotient was definitely high. Maybe it was just an off day. Could have been the time of day too, but I think they could definitely hit the "refresh" button; everything seemed tired.

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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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