Stop & Eat offers no carhop service or picnic tables. Dine either in your car or at one of the few counter stools inside, some of which offer a view of the busy kitchen. Place your order and wait for your number to be called. Food arrives in a paper bag. The cuisine is New-Mex Drive-In fare, ranging from chile and eggs wrapped in a flour tortilla to tamale plates and “Mexican dinners,” either red or green.
The Frito pie is good and plebeian (could there be such a thing as an aristocratic Frito pie?). It is a soupy heap of red chili piled atop corn chips that are turning soft as the chili seeps into them; it is served in a plastic container rather than the iconic Fritos bag. We like the crisp rolled tacos, the jumbo twin burger built of patties that are thin and greaseless and topped with chopped lettuce and pickles, and the well-packed burritos. Hot chilies and creamy melted cheese do a nice balancing act on either side of a green chile cheeseburger. You can also get the chili-and-cheese treatment on a hot dog. Baby burgers are available for pint-size appetites, and there is even a menu for vegetarians. That one includes bean tacos, green chile Fritos pie, burritos topped with meatless green chile, and a fried fish sandwich.
To drink, there are milk shakes, frosties, slushes, and floats as well as soda pop, coffee, and tea.