At Burritos Alinstante, owner Mary Ellen Chavez upholds her mother's culinary legacy with a menu of meaty, New Mexico–style burritos. Chefs grill certified Angus beef and succulent carne adovada before loading them into locally made tortillas. Chefs also peel and slice their own potatoes, and whip up refried beans from scratch every day. Customers can also build their own burritos, choosing from more than a dozen fixings including northern New Mexico–style chicharrones, hand-trimmed steak, and a series of smaller and smaller Russian nesting burritos.
An outdoor heated mineral pool beckons guests at the Garden Gate Day Spa & Salon, but its appeal lies in more than just its smooth surface. As visitors slip beneath the surface, underwater music floats gently into the eardrums. Similarly soothing details pop up throughout the spa: a rain shower and dry saunas stand ready in the women's changing room, an aromatherapy room engages the olfactory system, and luxurious spa packages encourages all-day visits.
Pizza 9 is the brainchild of Hasan A. Aslami and Behrad Etemadi?aka Hass and Rod. The pair opened the first Pizza 9 in 2008, and then the combination of Rod's business know-how and Hass's more than 20 years of experience with Chicago-style pizzas helped to scatter franchise locations like pepperonis throughout New Mexico.
Chicago-style deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas emerge from each Pizza 9?s ovens with traditional and gluten-free bases, as well as with the aromas of ingredients such as pepperoni, artichokes, and green chilies. Signature calzones disguise warm centers of bacon, eggplant, and spicy giardiniera, and hearty nests of pasta hide beneath plump meatballs and ladles of shiny marinara.