We went to Old Town Albuquerque to see what Ellouise Padilla's new gallery had to offer. But we were surprised. That day we encountered amazing Zuni dancers in the Plaza and had a marvelous meal at a Native owned diner. A traditionally Hispanic look to the area was being replaced by a decidedly Native American atmosphere. We enjoyed!
As time wore on, we became hungry. We sought out the Red Feather Diner. We found a menu listing a blend of Native American, New Mexican, Spanish and traditional American cuisines (read hamburgers).
Although Red Feather offered some great Native foods, they also served club sandwiches, elk ribs, menudo, posole and beef barley soup. The red chile is grown locally.
And, their desserts are homemade. The Native American fry bread and tortillas are made fresh when you place your order.
We ordered their soup of the day and a chicken burrito. To quench our thirst we chose a diet coke and an iced tea sweetened with prickly pear juice. The meals were healthy and hearty. It is a "comfort food" kind of place.
When you go to Red Feather be sure and look at the marvelous murals on the inside walls. They were painted by a local resident.
Before leaving, we went into the shop and purchased some authentic horno bread and a Native American berry pastry. The owner said they planned to build an authentic horno (oven) outside on their patio.
Red Feather is very eclectic but you'll find some great local specialties there.
302 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.