New Mexico is a culturally-rich sun-spot on the map of the known universe, and one of the richest cultures in spirit is that of the Indian Pueblo peoples. Lucky for us, in the heart of Albuquerque, between downtown and the North Valley is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the delicious Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery.
I, true to my own spiritual settlement in NM almost 4 decades ago, order the New Mexico Huevos Rancheros.
Atop the corn-mealy, just-so softened corn tortilla is carne adovada slow cooked to perfection, slightly refried beans, pan fried potatoes and of course the huevos. The eggs are a bit over-cooked, but the addition of carne makes the whole meal ranch-style with a hearty and full taste, more than making up for that small detail. The sides are nothing special on their own, but add to the overall taste and consistency.
The chile within the carne adovada is infused to the center of each bite with a rich smoky flavor. The red chile is deep and peppery sweet at the spicy first bite, but then matures to a medium heat as I go. The green chile is chopped and tastes as if it was roasted just prior to the meal with its naturally sweet green recently-roasted, if mild, flavor.
There is no need for extras with this nice portion of Pueblo Harvest Cafe huevos rancheros. Coffee is fresh and strong, and deeply colored dishes with lightly fried breads appear regularly from the kitchen to the dining room. Service is friendly, though not speedy, and if you’re lucky you might catch a traditional dance performance on your way in or out.