Sugar’s

Bar-b-q | Drive-In | Hamburgers | New Mexican | Southwestern | Tex-Mex
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A picture of Sugar, the proprietors’ late bulldog, adorns a menu on the outer wall of the tin trailer that is the restaurant’s kitchen. The menu offers a roadside roster of burgers and fully-dressed green chile cheeseburgers (here known as Sugar Burgers), corn dogs, burritos, and of course, Fritos pie. Even a veggie burger.

The main reason to find Sugar’s is barbecue. Brisket is slow-cooked over applewood coals until pot-roast tender, juicy, and perfumed with smoke. There are two ways to have it: in a sandwich, veiled in a tangy red sauce, or wrapped in a tortilla with green chilies and cheese. We prefer the latter because, in our opinion, that sweet-tangy sauce on the sandwich distracts from the lovely, subtle taste of the brisket.

On the other hand, the barbecue burrito is an inspired creation: thick shreds of beef accented by the snap of peppers and even further enriched by melted cheese. We could eat these burritos all day long. But alas, where we live, they are nothing but a memory. Such a fine cheap-eats meal is an only-in-New-Mexico experience.

Other notable menu items include ribs and sausage. Dinners come with Texas toast and such sides as pickly potato salad and beans laced with shreds of brisket.

What to Eat
Sugar’s, BBQ Burrito
BBQ Burrito
Must-Try
Barbecued brisket and hot green chile make a wonderful combination, with cheese, of course, wrapped inside a soft flour tortilla.
Sugar’s, Brisket
Brisket
Must-Try
Unless you ask them to hold the sauce, the brisket in a sandwich comes bathed in it.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 5pm
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday11am - 5pm
Friday11am - 5pm
Saturday11am - 5pm
Roadtrips
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

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

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