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El Patio de Albuquerque good food but scary bees

The El Patio combination Plate - lots of food.
The El Patio combination Plate - lots of food.

Beef fajitas and accompaniments
Sonja Dewing

On the lookout for a cozy place to have New Mexican food, you should consider trying El Patio, just don’t use their patio. For my second visit I started out enjoying their lovely patio, the mild fall weather, and good food. That is until I had to fight with the bees to drink my soda or the pack of them that showed up when my coworkers tried to have their sopapillas with honey.

The first time I was there my friend and I had our orders delivered perfectly. This time I ordered chicken fajitas, but received beef instead. Luckily I was okay with the beef. They weren’t the best fajitas I’ve ever had, so I won’t order them again. I do really like how they serve their potatoes. They are across between scallop potatoes and mashed.

My friend let me try her chile rellenos plate ($10.45). I loved them. Cheesy, tasty, and the pepper wasn’t too hot. I would definitely go for the chile rellenos next time I go.

My other friends had the green chile enchiladas and the El patio combination. Everyone else thoroughly enjoyed their lunches.

Vegetarians definitely have options to choose from. Including the vegetarian enchiladas ($7.75) made with spinach spiced with chile pequin and beans rolled in two blue corn tortillas with choice of red and green chile, served with beans, potatoes & sopapillas. Or there is the vegetarian plate ($10.95) avocado, onion and tomatoes wrapped in a flour tortilla topped with red or green chile. Served with beans and choice of a bean taco or chile relleno and sopapillas.

The staff was very friendly. El Patio is open M-Th 11am-9pm; Fr & Sat 11am-9:30pm; Sun 11-9pm. They serve beer and wine. Special tip: They only take cash! They do have an ATM by their restrooms. 142 Harvard Dr SE, a small restaurant with blue fence posts, see map. (505) 268-4245.

Would I suggest them, yes. Just don’t sit out on the patio until they’ve figured out the bee problem.

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  • Megan Eaves - Albuquerque City Guide Examiner 5 years ago

    I also love El Patio but I too am afraid of the bees there. I thought it was just me!

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    I used to work there. Unfortunately, the owner was horribly addicted to cocaine and would almost daily verbally abuse the employees. He also sexually harassed many of the female employees, including trapping them in the walk-in storage behind the building. I wish more Albuquerquians knew about this because employees put up with the abuse due to the busy patronage and hence, the good tips. Some of the best tips I've ever made, but for me, it wasn't worth it.