Sadie’s of New Mexico

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“Sadie, Sadie, lovely lady.”
No, I am not talking about the famous song from Funny Girl (but will use any excuse to sing a show tune!).  I am talking about the wonderful Albuquerque restaurant, Sadie’s of New Mexico.  Recently, while passing through town, we decided to have dinner at Sadie’s, on the recommendation of a close friend  who grew up in Albuquerque.
OH MY GOSH…the food is so good!

Sadie’s of New Mexico

This was not some “fancy-schmanchy” place.  Sadie’s is true down-home “I think I see Sadie working in the kitchen” New Mexican style cuisine.  The food is as far from nouvelle cuisine as you can get, which is exactly what you want, real home-style cooking.
What is New Mexican style cooking, you ask?  In a nutshell, it’s a blend of Native American, Mexican, and American cuisine, characterized by lots of green chile.  It’s Carne Adovada, Green Chili stew, and Sopapilla.  It’s spicy and cheesy and oh so delicious!
First the chips and salsa.  Sadie’s is known for its salsa and even markets it own salsa label to the public.  The salsa was spicy, yet has a tangy, slightly sweet flavor, which complemented the homemade roasted corn tortilla chips.
sadies-of-new-mexico-3We also tried the guacamole, which was zesty and fresh, with a healthy kick of green chile in it.  We absolutely hated it and were forced to eat two whole baskets of chips and guacamole by a persistent Sadie’s server who kept bringing us chips. (I’ll say anything to rationalize eating two whole baskets of chips and guac.)

 

For our entrees, I ordered basic guaco chicken tacos and my son had chicken enchiladas. Each were served with frijoles (refried beans) and papitas (Mexican home fries).  Mine had green chile and his red chile.  C-R-A-Z-Y good!!
sadies-of-new-mexicoWhat a meal!  The guacamole in our tacos was fresh-made, chock full of onion and green chile.  The real surprise was the papitas.  Chopped potatoes, fried with onion and spices, then covered in a cheese sauce…oh my!!  A week later and I am still craving them.  The entire plate was a work of art meant to be devoured.  And devour we did, but we were not done!
sadies-of-new-mexico-7As part of the meal we were given a basket of the lightest, fluffiest little pastries this side of heaven, otherwise known as sopaipillas (soap-a-pee-as).  We were again forced to eat two baskets of the sopaipillas…our server was so persistent!  Similar to beignets, sopaipillas are small pillows of fried dough, which can be slathered with honey or eaten plain.   Some sopaipillas can be too doughy or greasy, but Sadie’s were light and airy, without a hint of grease.
sadies-of-new-mexico-2Sadie’s was such a pleasant surprise.  A landmark restaurant to locals, Sadie’s dining area is huge, 3-4 large inside rooms as well as a large outdoor patio for seating.  Despite all the space, there was still a 45 minute wait for a table (no reservations) so you know it is popular!  Sadie’s is our go-to place when we visit Albuquerque from now on, and will quickly become yours too, just watch out when they “force” you to eat that second basket of sopaipillas!
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Sadie’s has four locations in the Albuquerque area.  If you are in town for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, get to your restaurant early, as this place will be packed!  For more information and restaurant locations, visit Sadie’s of New Mexico online.  You can also stalk them on Facebook and Twitter.

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