Recently in Albuquerque on business, I had more time on my hands than usual. So I took a cab to the Old Town area and asked my cab driver for a lunch recommendation. She mentioned being a YELP user, and is also a lifelong NM native, so I took her advice, though I was doubtful of the name, Church Street Cafe. She confirmed that they had Mexican entrees on the menu and good chips & salsa.
Well, I am so glad I listened to her. The official name is the Casa de Ruiz Church Street Cafe. Turns out it’s an old adobe house. Really old, built around 1706 and can claim to be the oldest residence in Albuquerque and one of the oldest structures in the state. It was the Ruiz family residence until 1991 when it became a restaurant. Not only were the chips and salsa great, but my waiter suggested I try the Navajo Taco on Indian Fry Bread, pictured here. A definite winner! This is just the kind of place I like to experience when I’m traveling. Authentic, historic and delicious to boot!