321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8710435.097268 -106.671425
Sun: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.;Mon Closed;Tue: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.;Wed: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.;Thu: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.;Fri: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.;Sat: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.;
Neighborhoods: Valley, West Old Town
Great food – one place in Albuquerque that you can still get reall New Mexican food and great service
Tourists and natives both love this family-run restaurant with its huge menu and welcoming waitstaff. – The Scene
A combination of families, overdressed tourists from the nearby Sheraton and loyal regulars fills the plain-but-homey dining room. Super-friendly servers make everyone feel at ease. Mexican music plays, while content diners munch on the restaurant's hearty, affordable homemade fare.
The vast menu offers a little of everything, including New Mexican blue corn enchiladas, Indian tacos and sopaipillas stuffed with beans and chicharrones (puffed pork skins). The green chile stew is unlike any other, with floating fried potatoes in addition to chunks of meat and roasted green chiles. Plates are served with Spanish rice, creamy refried pinto beans and hot, crispy sopaipillas. Aside from a lackluster chile con queso, you can't go wrong. Sweetness chases the spice of a meal with a bite of the thin, crispy, cinnamon-sugar shortbread biscochitos.
Great Home Style Food, not Fake! – I had the priviledge to enjoy a great meal at Monica's El Portal. I got there early before they were officially open, but the owner was real nice to me and went ahead and let me in. The food was very original-just like "Abuelita" just to make, it brought back very good memories. The service was very good as well as the place, not to flashy like some of the other places in and around Old Town. I would recommend El Portal to all who want to experience a great meal and at a slow pace.
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