Tia Betty Blue's is a Fantastic name for a restaurant, well at least two people thought so. I initially thought that this would be a Blues Bar and Grill, but I was wrong. It's a Breakfast & Lunch Coffee Cafe right in my neighbourhood. Its not a very big place but it sure is welcoming and the food is really good. Their fare is home-style Northern New Mexican Cuisine which has an emphasis on House-made Dishes that have their signature Chili sauces added to them even in the drinks. My first encounter with them was going through the drive-through. I was pressed for time and ordered something specific for someone else as they do not like spicy food. the service was fairly quick, accurate, and courteous. It was my second encounter that made me raise my eye brows about this restaurant. When I went in I was surprised at how small it was, but the outside patio is really large, and with the weather in Albuquerque, most people eat outside anyway so that really wasn't an issue. I was greeted as if I had been coming there fore years, that made me feel very welcome. I wasn't quite ready to order, so I looked at the menu, the Beverage display Cooler, and the Hot Drinks stations. Wow, they have over 100 types of cold beverages, five or six different Fragrant Teas, and a couple of coffee choices. This might overwhelm many people, but I think that it's really nice to actually be able to buy a drink that you actually want, in-fact I bought four so that I could enjoy them later after I returned home.
I bought a Breakfast Burrito, a Steak Burrito, and a Chicken Burrito to go. These things were huge. Needless to say but I had enough food for two days. The Drinks were excellent as well as my meal. My only qualm about my experience was that seating was really tight for a big person, but other than that the service was superb. Go, and enjoy an authentic Northern New Mexican or even a Fusion Fair.
"We offer New Mexican home-style cooking with exceptional red and green chile and carne adovada. In addition to all of the classic New Mexican dishes such as huevos rancheros and huevos con carne, we offer several of our own unique creations including: The New Mexico po'boy and sweet or savory blue corn waffle boats".
Opened in 2012
Price Range $ (0-10)
Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Coffee & Tea
- Good For Kids
- Outdoor Seating
- Drive-Thru, Dine-In, and Carry Out
- Parking Lot
- Public Transit The bus stops like, right in front of us.
1248 San Mateo SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
Phone (505) 268-1955
Hot Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream Dusted with Chili Powder
Recipe courtesy Michael Chiarello
Prep: 5 min |Inactive Prep: -- |Cook: 5 min
3/4 cup water
1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 heaping tablespoon instant espresso
2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, the best quality possible, grated
2 cups whole milk
Vanilla ice cream
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean and add to the boiling water. Add sugar, cinnamon, espresso, and a pinch of salt. Simmer for 1 minute and add the bittersweet chocolate. Whisk until it gets thick. Add milk and simmer 1 minute. Serve immediately with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of chili powder on top.
You may make this ahead and reheat. Make sure to either whisk it or blend it in a blender to make it light and foamy before serving. (The classic Mexican chocolate was whisked with a special wooden tool called a 'molinillo'.)