Last week our hiking group, most hail from the Eldorado area of New Mexico, took a drive to La Plancha, a restaurant in a local strip mall. Why hike before a great meal? It would ruin the absorbtion of calories.
La Plancha, relatively new, is a Salvadoran restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their food is over the top good, primarily local fresh ingredients, and inexpensive. They have a beer and wine license.
My meal was a shrimp stuffed chili relleno, so big that I took 1/2 home. They have other suffings for their rellenos as well. My favorite at La Plancha any time of day is the egg, potato and cheese stuffed. For those not familiar a relleno is a chili that can be prepared in a number of ways. Two preparations are fired, to the point of charing the skin and peeled and the other is to cover it in bread crumbs and fry it. Often rellenos prepared this way are stuffed and smothered in a chili sauce or cheese. (Disclaimer from a newby to New Mexico, there are many many ways this basic item could be prepared that I am not mentioning here.)
A taco at La Plancha is similar to the typical found around the US but the tortilla is only about 3" in diameter made of a less finely ground cornmeal. Three of these flat tortillas are spread on the plate. The content of the taco resembles those of the more common variety, perhaps chicken, seafood or other protein. In short this meal has more stuffing, less tortilla and istopped with a tomatilla sauce. The green side salad has a dressing that I am trying to replicate at home-grapefruit, lemon, and orange juices, oil, a touch of jalapeno, cilantro, and oil. It is very very fresh.
My two thumbs up for a local restaurant!