My ex and I used to drive through Albuquerque fairly regularly, en route to visit my parents in Barstow California. Every time we went through, I made sure we stopped at Monroe’s (1520 Lomas NW at 16th Street), because I knew for sure I could get green chiles there.
I don’t mean green chile stew, and I don’t mean green chiles as an added ingredient, because I’ve read enough of the Sterns’ work and eaten at enough restaurants in New Mexico to know that you can get both, and in amazingly delicious permutations, all over the state. Just plain green chiles. Roasted, I think, maybe with a little oil or something; Monroe’s serves (or it did in the 1990’s anyway) a dish of straight chiles, mild enough to be eaten straight, but not so mild that I didn’t need a glass of milk and plenty of sopapillas alongside to cut the burn.
They were delicious! And I have never seen them on the menu, or in a New Mexico cookbook (or, for that matter, in any of the Sterns’ books) or anyplace else.
So help someone, please: Am I missing something? Are there other restaurants where I can get plain green chile? Is there a cookbook someplace that will tell me how to prepare them properly?