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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.

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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.

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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.

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On the Border Mexican Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

6 responses

  1. I have friends in New Mexico, and I can’t figure out how the entire state isn’t dying from heartburn…all those chiles all the time…
    Anyway, I have only eaten at On the Border once, and that was in Dallas, Texas sometime in the early 90s. It was alright. Moo loves their jarred salsa, because it’s heavy on cilantro, and the kicker is, she won’t eat cilantro on anything else. EVER.
    In terms of chains, I preferred Don Pablo’s and they are no more. I’ll stick to my Los Rancheros even though there’s a bit of veg in the rice.

    May 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    • I passed a Don Pablo’s on the way to that Border joint yesterday, At least a building with that name on it;it may be closed though. The best thing about chain Mex places are the Margaritas; they usually have a special. I want to eat at Mr. Tequilla sometime. They are next to Bosphorus. They are single location but have dreams. They offer nicely priced Margaritas AND Mojitos. Ole’

      May 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

      • Mr Tequila definitely sounds like a place to check out!
        Don Pablo’s on Washington St closed years ago, and the one on 82nd is now a comedy club. I’ll have to look up the others, but Los Rancheros is close, and I’ve loved it forever, sooo…

        May 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

      • I understand.The only one I know about is the one on US 31 and that is only because I drove right by it. Yeah after a Turkish dinner get your Mojito on at Mr.Tequila’s.

        May 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

  2. Green chiles are dear to me. I have some in the fridge right now, but not the hatch. We ate Tex-Mex today at Chuy’s and they have a Hatch Green Chile Festival each year. Hatch green chile rice is like the devil in your mouth. Firetown. I’m sorry you didn’t fall in love with your meal, but your pictures are sharp and on point today. So pretty. Did you get any tanginess?

    May 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    • Oh I got a bit of flavor but they were SO stingy. When I eat green chiles I want mounds of them. A green chile cheese burger sounds so good right now and it’s 6 A.M. About my pictures. I know the better the light the better my phone camera reacts. I took 3 different shots of my enchiladas and only one turned out a natural color,the other 2 looked like they were filtered like my Margarita pic. Odd and curious I must say.

      May 29, 2016 at 6:55 am

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