Those seeking casual and authentic New Mexican should check out El Parasol and their seemingly never-ending supply of goods. It’s like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, if said chocolate house specialized in shredded beef tacos and tortilla burgers, and had an awkward drive-thru window (note: it’s for pick-up only). A recent visit consisted of calling ahead (he can be taught!) and picking up a sack filled with calabacita burritos ($5.50 each) and some of the best chicken tamales in town ($2.60 a pop). Combo plates are also available, as are non-NM treats like foot-long hot dogs and their handmade tortilla chips. Hosting a party? All of their items are available in bulk too. It’s not just the chile that can make it feel like year-round Christmas here; even though they’re not known for ’em, the airy handmade bizcochitos ($2.25 for a package of three or $8.50 for a dozen) are sure to transform any hackneyed day into a special occasion.
1833 Cerrillos Road, 995-8015
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
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