On a recent road trip, the Grunion demanded that we stop in Albuquerque on accounta he wanted to see if he could find Jessie from Breaking Bad. We were tired anyway so we agreed.
We are in ABQ a few times a decade, and we ALWAYS stop at El Pinto when we're there. It's an amazing tex-mex restaurant, and they have fries so they're fair game for a review. It's located on a big chunk of land North of downtown. It probably seemed like it was "way out there" some years ago, but ABQ has grown and now it seems like it's just in a suburb.
Over the years, it looks like it was built onto several times so it has that cool multiple dining room themes thing going on. This is the bar.
This is what I call the flamingo dining room cause it's got tons of vegetation and a fireplace.
It even has a Titanic-like ceiling light.
This is a different dining area that I call "where the losers get seated".
Fries are $3.29 which is kinda steep. But the place is fairly fancy and you gotta figure they're mostly only there for kids and super old people anyway so the price is most likely designed to discourage ordering.
This is the order. Decent amount for this type a place at this price.
Slightly battered (most likely frozen) but an overall good experience.
GRUNION: Yo, these fries aren't Texan or Mexican at all!
GRUNION: In fact, these are most likely descended from the original Belgian chips.
GRUNION: Pretty good, though.
If you are ever in ABQ, you should definitely stop by El Pinto.
They also have these red pepper rubbed ribs that are insane.