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.
PIZZA….. I just love pizza. This week Pat and I decided we needed to try Jockamo‘s Pizza. They have at least two locations. One on Washington Street in Irvington and one in Greenwood. We decided on the one in Greenwood because that fit in to our beer drinking plans for later. This location is huge. Nicely appointed and decorated and they even have a cute little beer and wine bar nestled in the back corner. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by a hostess and what apparently is their monkey mascot.
When you first see the little fella you can help but grin. After all, who doesn’t like monkeys. But after editing the picture , the sucker could be a mite scary. But monkeys are all cute even the scary ones. They have a full menu. Big salads, little salads, sandwiches and daily lunch specials. Which are five dollars for a slice of pizza of the day, a small salad and a soft drink. That seems like a bargain. But Pat and I wanted PIZZA. They offer a 10 inch pie for $6.85. They also have an extensive list of toppings. From the traditional to the not so traditional. Such as chorizo sausage from Smokin’ Goose Meatery to Cajun sausage from a joint in New Orleans. In addition to the common cheese offerings they also have less common. Feta,smoked Gouda and Gorgonzola. Now I like all forms of blue cheese, but I don’t dig melted bleu cheese; it has a metallic aftertaste to me. The verdict was unanimous. They offer a fine ass pizza pie. The crust is thin and slightly crispy and the sauce is slightly chunky, which gives it more mouth appeal. The toppings are nicely portioned and the pricing is more than fair. Two 10 inch pies with two toppings each totaled less than $18. Now what do you need a chain for when you can get a pizza like this at a mom and pops? And as you can see their pies are quite photogenic.