Casa de Benavidez is just down the
street from me. We used to go on Sunday mornings for a chile fix and, in good weather, we would enjoy their lovely patio dining. I never had a bad meal there and the folks are very friendly and helpful.
Wanted a place off the beaten path for
dinner; I've learned from experience the following: Don't ask the hotel concierge - ask the bartender! She was spot on! Walked in on a Saturday eve to the background tunes of a classical guitar, which set the stage. Our very friendly waiter made a few suggestions of his favorites - the cheese chili rellenos and anything with carne adovada. Made a combination of the above, along with tastes of green and red chilis. Delicious introduction to New Mexican cuisine - chili, chili and more chili. The food does have a kick to it! Other hits at the table were more traditional Mexican fare - shrimp fajitas, a burrito and a chimichanga. Another house specialty is the homemade sopapillas. Enjoyed with honey, they were a sweet contrast to the picante chili-laden combination that I enjoyed. Very friendly and helpful staff, which is consistent with everyone else I met on my week-end in New Mexico!
This was one of our favorite places
when we lived in Albuquerque. Was back recently on a business trip and was able to make it for dinner. Quiet location on 4th street, with outdoor courtyard if weather is good. Good service, great food.