The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon to Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café in Highlands Square. Choose between two options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner fare and drinks.
- For $10, you get $20 of lunchtime fare and drinks.
Julia Blackbird's has crafted distinctive New Mexican cuisine for 10 years, each dish dedicated to educating the taste buds and satiating the soul. Chef Julia Siegfried fuses the flavors of Native American, Mexican, and Spanish cooking traditions to produce the distinctive recipes at the heart of New Mexican cuisine. Her signature dish is the tres hermanas, its three blue corn enchiladas stuffed one each with chile-coated chicken, beef, and cheese ($12). Unlike xylophones played with one's molars, tasteful harmony resides in each munch of the green tamales ($10) and goat-cheese stuffed chiles rellenos ($13). Blackbird's' succulent sides include grilled elote, a whole ear of corn bathed in butter and spices ($3), or opt for a harvest favorite such as Navajo stew, a combination of New Mexico favorites, featuring beans, posole, squash, corn, and potatoes topped with cheese and chile. Alongside the extensive margarita offerings, patrons can sip some of Julia's award-winning Strawberry Lemonade or paint their gullet with the sweet vanilla horchata.
Pricing varies seasonally.
- For lunch and dinner, the hands-down favorite is a huge plate of three blue corn enchiladas---chicken with green chile, beef with red chile, and cheese with tongue-tingling chile caraïbe. – Gayot
- My favorite meal so far is their blue corn beef tacos;…so good I could eat them almost every day. – Bookworm48, TripAdvisors
Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café
Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café is the culmination of two of chef and owner Julie Siegfried’s deepest passions: cooking and New Mexico. To this day, her mother recalls Julie standing on a step stool, trying to peer into a soup pot and giving her grandmother directions about what to put in. And on her first trip to New Mexico, she used up 10 rolls of film snapping pictures. She fell in love with the region's unique vibe—the people, the artwork, and, of course, the food.
Today, she shares both of her loves with diners at Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café. Her kitchen is stocked with New Mexican ingredients such as blue cornmeal, goat cheese from the San Luis valley, and piñones. For her signature dish, the Tres Hermanas, she stuffs a trio of blue-corn enchiladas: one with chicken and green chile, one with beef and red chile, and one with cheese and chile caribe. To make sangria, the staff soaks seasonal fruit in rum, then splashes the mixture with wine and sparkling water. The menu also features beers, mojitos, and top-shelf margaritas, which encourage diners to linger in the warmly lit space, admiring brightly colored artwork or arguing about whether red should be added to the list of primary colors.