Behind the humble walls of Mary & Tito’s Cafe, lurks some of New Mexico’s finest food.
This is classic New Mexican cuisine at its best, and one of Albuquerque’s culinary gems. New Mexican Cuisine should not be confused with Mexican food (from Mexico). The regional ingredients and cultural influences make it something quite different. One of the defining characteristics of New Mexican Cuisine is the dominance of the New Mexican chile, which is either red or green depending on their stage of ripeness when picked. Other distinctive elements include blue corn, the stacked enchilada, and sopapillas into which honey is added moments before eating.
Mary & Tito’s Cafe serves the highest quality classic New Mexican Cuisine in the classic New Mexican way. Slow cooked, classic New Mexican pork-based dishes simply do not get better than this. The cafe may look a bit worn at the heels and dated (it is spotless), but the food is all that matters (as their being honored with the James Beard American Classics Award attests to). The prices make this one of our top “Good & Cheap” Albuquerque Restaurant picks. You can generally dine well here for about $12.00 per person. If you visit Albuquerque, Mary & Tito’s must be on your shortlist of places to dine.
Mary Ann Gonzales, who died at the age of 92 in 2013, spent nearly half her life spreading love through the dining room of Mary & Tito’s serving the locals who loved her authentic food.
One of the Very Best
I cannot think of a better way to showcase classic New Mexican cuisine than Mary & Tito’s. Top quality local ingredients cooked to perfection. This is the essence of New Mexican comfort food. The decor is modest and unassuming, the food is simply regal. Whatever you order, make sure to order it with red chile. Sublime. Highly recommended!