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Stop and Eat Drive In

110 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, NM - (505) 753-7400
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/10/2003 7:13:00 AM
Stop & Eat offers no carhop service or picnic tables outside. You dine either in your car or at one of the few seats inside, where you have a view of the busy kitchen. Place your order and wait for your number to be called. Food arrives in a white paper bag. The cuisine is definitive New-Mex Drive-In fare, ranging from chile and eggs wrapped in a flour tortilla to tamale plates and “Mexican dinners,” either red or green.

The Fritos pie is good and plebeian (could there be such a thing as an aristocratic Fritos pie?). It is a soupy heap of red chili piled atop corn chips that are turning soft as the chili seeps into them; it is served in a plastic container rather than the traditional Fritos bag. We like the crisp rolled tacos, the jumbo twin burger built of patties that are thin and greaseless and topped with chopped lettuce and pickles, and the well-packed burritos. Stop & Eat’s green chile cheeseburger is a fast-food classic, and a good example of why this dish is so popular throughout the state. The hot chilies and the creamy melted cheese do a perfect balancing act atop a patty of beef. You can also get the chili-and-cheese treatment on a hot dog. Baby burgers are available for pint-size appetites, and there is even a “No Meat” menu for vegetarians. That one includes bean tacos, green chile Fritos pie, burritos topped with meatless green chile, and a fried fish sandwich.

To drink, there are milk shakes, frosties, slushes, and floats as well as soda pop, coffee, and tea.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Green chile and melted cheese sing harmony with a beef patty in this New-Mex classic sandwich.
"Green chile and melted cheese sing harmony with a beef patty in this New-Mex classic sandwich."
Michael Stern





Stop & Eat no longer offers carhop service, but it retains all the flavor of mid-20th century car culture.
"Stop & Eat no longer offers carhop service, but it retains all the flavor of mid-20th century car culture."
Michael Stern


People in the Southwest love Fritos pie, an inspired combination of chili and Fritos chips. This one lacks the traditional garnish of shredded cheese.
"People in the Southwest love Fritos pie, an inspired combination of chili and Fritos chips. This one lacks the traditional garnish of shredded cheese."
Michael Stern


Stop & Eat isn't open at breakfast time, but the egg burrito makes a good mid-day brunch (a word NOT on the menu here!). Note the low-low prices.
"Stop & Eat isn't open at breakfast time, but the egg burrito makes a good mid-day brunch (a word NOT on the menu here!). Note the low-low prices."
Michael Stern



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