Stop and Eat Drive In

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | New Mexican | Southwestern
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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.

What to Eat
Stop and Eat Drive In, Green Chile Cheeseburger
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Must-Try
Green chile and melted cheese sing harmony with a beef patty in this New-Mex classic sandwich.
Stop and Eat Drive In, Frito Pie
Frito Pie
It ain't pretty, but Stop & Eat Frito pie is pretty darn good.
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This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 439 MILES | 7 hr 19 min

Fritos were created in San Antonio in 1932, but it took some thirty years before the Frito pie was born. Teresa Hernandez, working behind the Woolworth's lunch counter in Santa Fe, had the idea to slice off the top of a single-serving bag of Fritos and ladle in chili, then cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomato.…

5 stops | 206 MILES | 4 hr 3 min

North and Northwest

With famously good restaurants serving local and exotic meals, Santa Fe is such a powerful magnet for the appetite that it can be hard to leave. But we highly recommend a drive north and northwest of the city into the breathtaking beauty of Jemez Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo foothills of…

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Price
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Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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