Oct. 4, 2015

Horseman’s Haven

October 18, 2006, 12:00 am
Yowza! Warning: This is not the place to bring your dear friends from Minnesota for their introduction to green chile. It's a bit of a shame because the way-out-west truck-stop coffee-shop motif in this diner is a treat. But the bigger treat is green chile that's hotter than fresh asphalt…and a hell of a lot tastier. We've heard a few people say they think the chile isn't as hot since the Haven moved into new digs a few years back; others say the chile is hotter than it's ever been. We're too busy blowing our noses and chugging chocolate milk to listen to a word they're saying. The green chile here comes two ways: regular and level two. The way our waitress put it last time, "The regular is kinda hot, but level two is like 10 times hotter than that." A breakfast burrito merely kissed with a sheen of green sends steam out our ears. But oh, what a burrito! Planks of bacon, man, planks of the stuff, surrounded by pillowy folds of egg. There are no potatoes inside Horseman's burrito; the crispy, appropriately greasy potato logs they call home fries come on the side, where they mingle deliciously with the chile. If you're not at Horseman's for an early-morning hangover helper, you can get their famous chile ladled over enchiladas, quesadillas and roast beef burritos. Don't worry, it's all good when you're in the hands of the Haven.

4354 Cerrillos Road, 471-5420. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday; breakfast and lunch Sunday. $


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