Los Alamos Market Y Cocina
Please don’t judge this book by its cover. Los Alamos Market won’t win any design awards, but it’s definitely a good, solid place to eat.
Los Alamos is the Mexican equivalent of Oklahoma Joe’s, located as it is in within a convenience store. The lines may not be as long, but you definitely won’t be the only one at lunchtime to walk through the doors. Make your way to the back of the store and you’ll see two lovely ladies at the stove, cooking up whatever suits their fancy on any given day. There’s no menu, but you’ll have your choice of 6-7 entrees, all in a cafeteria-type food display. If you don’t speak Spanish despair not, the gentleman dishing up the food knows a little English and pointing is acceptable. Had my Spanish-speaking son not accompanied me on this little adventure, that would certainly have been my method of communicating.
Options may include ground beef, shredded pork and chicken, beef and cactus in a spicy red sauce, and pork ribs in tomatillo or red chile sauce. You can ask to have a taco or burrito with your chosen filling, or plain with rice and beans on the side. Want more than one or two entrees? No hay problema. Make your own combination plate and the head honcho will add it all up, presenting you with an extremely reasonable bill to pay on your way out. Everything comes with a choice of flour or corn tortilla, and though they are not homemade (my only disappointment), those same ladies will throw a couple of tortillas on the stove and bring them piping hot to your table after you are seated.
If you want chips and salsa, ask. I didn’t realize they were available until we were finished eating, but the people at the table next to us were enjoying theirs and the salsa looked as though it had been properly made with chiles, not tomatoes. Tempted as I was, I didn’t sit down at my neighbor’s table to taste it, so I can’t speak to the heat or flavor, but I suspect it’s as tasty as the rest of the offerings at Los Alamos.
If you like Tex-Mex, with cheddar cheese and lettuce on your tacos, skip this one, but those who like authentic Mexican fare should be very happy here.
This is a breakfast and lunch spot only, an eat-n-go type of place. Oh, but what a way to go!