There are literally hundreds of restaurants in the Albuquerque area serving Mexican, or more specifically for this region, New Mexican food. If you've never had spicy food, then prep your taste buds now! "Red or green?" is the standard question here. Most restaurants do not offer you a choice of having hot or mild, but they do offer to put the red or green chile accompanying your meal on the side. If you'd like to try both, just say "Christmas, please!" You can also ask which is hotter, because it can vary from season to season. Green is not always the hottest.
There are many tried and true Albuquerque favorite haunts for eating Mexican food and locals will probably be staunch defenders of their hangouts - who has the best salsa, sopaipillas or margueritas. Read on for a sampling of this critic's Top Ten places to grab great Mexican food.
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