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Guadalajara Café (Closed)
916 L. Casillas Blvd.
Clovis, NM

Cost: $$ 23 Mexican
New Mexican
Cooking Oil: Vegetable
Best Items: Enchiladas, Chiles Rellenos, Beans
Red Enchiladas:
Chiles Rellenos: No sauce on Top
11-Jan-05 1
The founder of the restaurant (the grandfather of the current owner) came from Guadalajara, Mexico, thus the name of the restaurant. The food, however, is typical New Mexico style--the kind I look for in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and seldom find it done so well. In fact, I never expected to find Mexican food this good in eastern New Mexico.

Usually the chile in this area is toned down quite a bit, but the Red Enchiladas were spicy enough to satisfy a chilehead. The cheese and spices were excellent as well.

The Chile Relleno was served breaded with no sauce (New Mexico style) and was very good. They call it a "mild" chile but I thought it was spicy enough to be satisfying. I believe they said it was an Anaheim chile, but it was almost as good as the Hatch chiles served around Las Cruces.

The whole beans were great as well.

Sopaipillas are served with all dinners, and do not match the quality found at many places in NM but are pretty good nonetheless (and you can't argue with them being free). I thought mine could have been fluffier.

The chips and salsa were really the only things I found disappointing, but with food this good I do not want to load up on chips before the meal is served. The salsa was not "New Mexico spicy," but was more of a Tex-Mex style.

Another disappointing aspect to the meal (but fully expected in eastern NM) was that there were no blue corn tortillas served with the enchiladas. Still I'll settle for regular enchiladas when they are this good.

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