Down Home on The Range – I am New Mexico

Down Home on The Range

Down Home on The Range

(April 28, 2016)—Let me start off by saying that I love chile rellenos. Literally, LOVE. There’s something about biting into a crisp, fresh green chile that’s been stuffed with melty, rich cheese, deep fried to perfection, and smothered in hot chile. I mean, are there even words? I think not. Now, I’m the first to admit that we have some of the most amazing and delectable food here in New Mexico. And I have had my fair share of amazing chile rellenos in the Land of Enchantment (one of which were made by my very own boyfriend, from green chiles that we grew ourselves! But I’m getting off topic).

the range cafe

Photo: I am New Mexico/Alissa Ferguson

I’m sure none of you are strangers to The Range Café. They started out small, with their first location being in Bernalillo, right on their main drag. I still remember going there with my parents for the first time and being amazed by everything hanging on the walls. Where did they find all of that old, funky, knick-knacky stuff? Of course, being a kid, I thought that driving to Bernalillo simply to go to dinner was horrific. “Hello, there’s a Dion’s right down the street!” But, I was getting a free dinner, plus the transportation, so I really couldn’t complain too much. We FINALLY arrived in Bernalillo, and we walk into The Range. There was a long line, plus multiple families sitting in the waiting room, and I thought, “Wow, I’m going to die standing here, waiting to eat”. Typical kid mentality, am I right? Luckily, I survived. And thank goodness I did, because the meal that followed was something for the record books. I ordered the chile rellenos (obviously). The rest, as they say, is history. From that day forward, I remember begging my mom to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me get the large portion, instead of the small portion of the rellenos. Yet my sweet mother, being the wise woman that she is, knew that I could never physically eat that much, and would kindly remind me of that fact. Lucky for me my mother also has a major sweet tooth and she would casually ask me if I’d like to split a slice of the Death by Chocolate (which is only the most delicious cake in the entire world – no biggie). I mean, is this real life? Bring on the cake! To this day it’s still my favorite dessert in the lower 48 states.

Since The Range’s humble beginnings, they have expanded rather quickly – lucky for us. Yet through it all, they have never once wavered on their quality, taste, service or atmosphere. These people are professionals. I will always have a very special place in my heart for The Range, and I truly cannot wait to take my son to their flagship Bernalillo location and tell him all about the first time that grandma took me there (against my will). And we will of course split a slice of Death by Chocolate. It’s a family tradition, after all.

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The Range Café (Revisited)

Oh The Range, how I love thee. Some of you may recall that I did a review of The Range Café back in early 2016. As you may also recall, I raved and raved about their chile rellenos. They’ve recently opened a new location at 1050 Rio Grande in Albuquerque, and their new location is just as amazing as their older ones. The food is absolutely amazing, the atmosphere is super laid back and cool and the art on the walls always a feast for the eyes. And I can’t forget about the fantastic service! All of their staff are so friendly and accommodating and they never bat an eye at a special request. I have been to the new locations a few times now during the lunch hour and I’m always in and out and back to work within an hour, which can be a rare thing sometimes!

And of course, I have to mention the chile rellenos again. They are truly some of the best in town people, I am not lying! They make them with blue corn and they come out crispy and flavorful and amazing. You simply must try them. If you have yet to try to their new Rio Grande location I highly recommend that you do so soon! I will see you there!