On The Border
Right up front I wish to apologize to all the readers who come to this blog for information about locally owned restaurants. Mom and Pops. if you will. I thought this was a small local chain, like Mr. Tequilla. I was flat-footed wrong. I was enticed by the lure of a Hatch Green Chile Chicken enchilada. As it turns out the chain is far from small or local. But I had lunch there so….
Without getting in the weeds on Botany or Geography I must first explain Hatch Chiles. Hatch is a small town in Southern New Mexico,it is not a pepper. It is noted for the chiles it grows and has a yearly festival. The varieties they grow probably vary as the Universities are always experimenting on new and improved varieties. I am familiar with the Big Jim and a couple of others I can’t recall. In either event these chiles are Extremely popular in New Mexico;or at least they were when I lived out there. And they are addictive. So although I have been clean for 20 years I thought I needed a taste.
Their salsa had a bit of zip but it was thin and had cumin in it. To me you don’t add cumin to salsa. And why do people cut their tortillas into quarters to fry for chips? They are too big.
The margarita was pretty good. It was a Grande for $6.99. It was pretty nice sitting outside with music in the background and a cocktail in hand.
Now for the main dish. My Hatch Green Chile Chicken enchilada. Were the chiles truly Hatch. Nope. Hatch is too small of an area to produce a whole bunch of peppers. Were they authentic New Mex peppers? Possibly. I recall that there is/was a brand of canned green chiles called Hatch. They were from Deming, a small town in New Mex. But pedigrees aside how did they taste? The sauce looked familiar and the flavor was a bit reminiscent, however they were a tad stingy on amount they used to covered my enchiladas. The chicken itself was okay. A decent amount but the flavor wasn’t anything to write home about. As for the beans. So so, and the rice;who thought tossing a few kernels of corn in was a good idea? Overall There are a bunch of truly local joints that do it better. I just had to chase a memory I guess. And I was satisfied.