Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tia Betty Blue's

Tia Betty Blue's is located on San Mateo Blvd SE in Albuquerque, NM.

Typical New Mexican menu. Tacos, burritos, blue corn waffles, Frito pies, tamales, enchiladas, and more.

The panda loves breakfast, especially a New Mexican breakfast. With so many places to go, why not combine many New Mexican items into one meal?

Enter the Spicy Blue Corn Waffle ($8.50). Blue corn buttermilk waffles are basically unheard of in the Pacific NW (same with blue corn pancakes and blue corn tortillas). Tia B's uses New Mexico organic blue corn here.

Top that waffle with some carne adovada, two eggs any style, cheese, and both red and green chile. Add some pinto beans and potatoes on the side. Tia B's carne adovada uses fresh pork sirloin and New Mexico red chile.

A very good waffle here. Generous amounts of tender carne adovada. "Christmas style" (slang for getting both red and green chile on your meal) is truly the way to go.

Tia B's doesn't mess around with their chile. Many other restaurants made their chile mild, hoping to cater to people who cannot handle the spiciness. Tia B's stayed true to what Northern New Mexican cuisine was all about. The red chile here includes X-Hot New Mexico chile powder. Even I was working up a good sweat while dining. That's when you know it's legit.

Breakfast served all day at Tia B's (open until 2 PM).

The coffee ($2.25; unlimited refills) is local from Red Rock Roasters.

I luckily got to Tia B's before the brunch rush. The locals lined up to order at the counter, and they basically kept coming. Limited parking in the front and back of the building. Otherwise, you'll have to park on one of the side streets. If inside is full, you can dine outside on the patio.

Balloon Fiesta in ABQ in early to mid-October!

Tia Betty Blue's is the real deal. The panda approves. 9/10

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