Tia Sophia’s is just off the Santa Fe Plaza, a valve just off the heart… and any Northern New Mexican cowboy might agree that the huevos rancheros here are true to their name. A skillet arrives full of huevos and ranch-style pinto beans. No frills here, just the real thing.
Atop soft corn tortillas are perfect eggs with just the right amount of cheese draped over. The beans, though ranch-style, retain their inherent natural pinto taste without much need for extra spice in the juice/stock they were cooked in.
The green chile is light and airy in its juice with just enough heat, and a very fresh, natural taste. I use every bit of it in the end- mixing it with the beans too. The red is bright and tangy with a little more bite than the green. Not as long lasting and a little more harsh. Like the green, it is not very smoky, rather light in consistency- as if they just created both fresh today.
Sopapillas are served on the side, hearty and tasty. I can *almost* finish a good sized one, half with my eggs, and the other half filled with honey. There’s even a mix of cinnamon and sugar on the table for those who prefer that to honey with their deliciously home-made sopapilla.
Coffee is good, and I use some of that cinnamon and sugar mix to spice it up. One must look for the sign hanging outside the coffee shop-style location, one of the many shops along the side streets of The Plaza. Best part about the huevos today? Sharing the experience with Dad. 🙂