El Bruno’s

New Mexican
Worth driving from anywhere!

There’s not much on the road between Albuquerque and Farmington, save the scattering of restaurants in the small town of Cuba. We had intended to sample the posole stew at neighboring Frontier Café, but had to make a new plan upon finding it closed. Based on the strong showing of cars in the lot, we decided to try El Bruno’s Restaurante and Cantina. We have encountered many a Mexican restaurant where the introductory salsa makes us question whether the food to come is worth the gustatory investment. Luckily, however, El Bruno’s salsa was spectacular (spicy, flavorful, and accompanied by fresh chips), and whetted our appetite for the main course to come.

What better way to sample the culinary staples of New Mexico than by stuffing them into a big, warm sopapilla? This version was stuffed with chicken, beans, cheese, green chile, lettuce, and tomato. The dish was quite good, and enough to satisfy a hefty appetite, although we did long for a little more spice from the fillings. For our second dish, we chose the tried-and-true cheese enchilada plate. At El Bruno’s you can have your enchiladas made with blue corn tortillas, which is a special treat seldom found outside of the Southwest. A classic version of New Mexico-style enchiladas, these tortillas are stacked rather than rolled, with layers of cheese in-between. Although we concluded that our preference is for the traditional rolled style, the enchilada sauce is flavorful and served in enough abundance to enhance the boilerplate beans and rice.

High on the list of our favorite things about New Mexico is the fact that Native American-style fry bread often marks the conclusion of a meal. Here, a pair of warm sopapillas comes as a complimentary accompaniment to the enchilada plate. We love how bottles of honey are thrown around like ketchup in New Mexican restaurants, and we liberally drizzled our doughy pillows with the sweet stickiness.

What to Eat
El Bruno’s, Stacked Blue Corn Enchiladas
Stacked Blue Corn Enchiladas
The enchiladas at El Bruno's are stacked rather than rolled, and covered in a sea of red chile sauce.
El Bruno’s, Chips and Salsa
Chips and Salsa
Although the food at El Bruno's hit the spot, our favorite part of the meal was the spicy, chunky salsa that accompanied a basket of chips!
El Bruno’s, Sopapillas
These sopapillas come as a complimentary accompaniment to the enchilada plate.
House Margarita
El Bruno’s, Stuffed Sopapilla
Stuffed Sopapilla
What better way to have a sopapilla than stuffed with chicken, beans, green chile, and cheese?
El Bruno’s, Navajo Taco
Navajo Taco
We were pleased to find the Navajo Taco on the menu at El Bruno's, as it isn't as common in New Mexico as it is in Arizona.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
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7 stops | 786 MILES | 12 hr 24 min

Sopaipillas are are made from dough that is rolled out very thin, cut into small sections, then tossed into boiling oil, preferably lard. The lard makes the pieces of dough puff up into little pillows (the meaning of sopaipilla) and become slightly crisp at the edges but mostly soft and airy. Restaurants that serve baskets…

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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