Looking for opinions on who has the best red chile in Burque?

After devouring a plate of huevos rancheros this morning at Loyola's on Central, I was wondering what the good people of DCF had to say when it comes to the topic of red chile. I have noticed so many levels or styles of red chile right here in our fine city that its hard for me to say personally what is the best. I have had extremely hot, very silky and mild and everywhere in between. I enjoy the red chile at Sophia's Place, Loyola's, Marlene's, had some eye watering hot chile at the Red Ball Cafe, and the Burrito Lady has some mean red as well. I have had some great red around the state, but since this is all about the Duke City, I want to keep the topic to just here in the city. It would be great to hear what you all have to say and your suggestions on your favorites!

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Comment by abqeater on August 11, 2008 at 1:05am
note to everybody talking about Dos Amigos on 4th. They moved, same people but in a more manageable space. They are now Mis Amigos in a former Long John Silvers. at 1140 Juan Tabo Blvd NE [near Constitution across the street from Big-O tires]

(505) 237-9494

same great yummy red chile!!!! ooh I gotta go there tomorrow!
Comment by Brendan on August 11, 2008 at 9:09am
JMG: Thanks for the tip!

More red opinions:

Loyola's red is silky smooth, not too strong, and my wife will still kiss me after I eat it.

Frontier's red as found in their carne adovada burrito is more pungent and spicy. Just tried it again this morning to confirm.

Duran's Pharmacy, the one time I had it, was watery. Maybe they took a look at my grunion white skin and served me from the tourist pot.
Comment by Adelita on August 11, 2008 at 10:15am
I will say, Duran's Has its good days and its bad days. I've been there a lot over the last few weeks and it has been good - not hot, but very flavorful and the right color!!

Also, I like the red at Richards on Menaul and Carlisle near Cost Plus. Can't believe I've never been to Loyola's. I have several friends who rave about it.

One thing that is very striking to me about all the comments - the big guys are not on the list - Garduno's, Sadie's, and Garcia's. Interesting...
Comment by JMG on August 11, 2008 at 11:41am
I still love Garcia's. It's my neighborhood joint on 4th. It's always good, but about 35% of the time, it's fabulous. The people there - workers and customers - are the real Albuquerque deal, too. Lots of huge families with little abuelitas, etc.

Sadie's has never been as good as when it was in the bowling alley, but that might just be an ambiente issue. Or else, because the wait was so long at the bowling alley, you had to watch other people eat and smell the food and were starving by the time you sat down, so it was always the best food you ever ate! It's just an industrial feed trough now.
Comment by JMG on August 11, 2008 at 11:45am
If we were talking tamales, we'd be talkin' El Modelo.
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on August 11, 2008 at 11:55am
Los Cuates is tasty. Cervantes too. Extra Hot though... El Pinto!
Comment by JMG on August 11, 2008 at 1:37pm
Last time I went to El Pinto, the red chile was mild and boring. It was very sad.
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on August 11, 2008 at 2:31pm
I must have had a good batch a few times. I have never ever been let down though at a little place in Tijeras called "The Ponderosa". It's a nice Sunday drive.
Comment by AriesSweet on August 11, 2008 at 10:34pm
Coming from southern NM of course no one tops my mama's red that she is famous for down south. So coming to Burque I've been looking for the best red here and it IS very different. I haven't tried many of these places you all have mentioned so now more trials for me. Anyone ever had red at The Range? It's really good!! Best so far was what I found closest to home is Adelita's on 4th & Montano. Good authentic Mexican not quite New Mexican...
Comment by SoyJames on August 12, 2008 at 3:33pm
"Burrito Lady"? Would this burrito lady by chance be named Pat? We were talking about how much we missed her breakfast burritos the other day, haven't had one since our office moved. Send her our way...

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