Más: Tapas Y Vino – Albuquerque, NM

Hilton’s have some of the best cuisine, and this was no exception. It is a Spanish (Spain, not central american) style restaurant in Albuquerque New Mexico. The restaurant itself has a gorgeous balcony and outside patio, located in a historic hotel; built in 1939, it was Conrad Hilton’s first hotel outside of Texas.

The interior of the hotel when you walk in is worthy of Hilton’s Curio Luxury Collection, and to make it even more interesting, it is part of the U.S National Register of Historic Places. I did not personally stay at the hotel, but it is definitely a sight to see.

The food- The portions were generous and delicious. I tried to fill up on carbs before hiking La Luz Trail the next day, and just drank water and very refreshing Sparkling Water.

Meal

Patatas Bravas – “Crunchy potato, spicy aioli, garlic, little herbs” too spicy for my taste, but they made great leftovers the next morning

Green Chile Corn Risotto – “Tomato basil beurre blanc” outstanding. Risotto was cooked perfectly and definitely has a Spanish flair to it.

Vegetable Paella – “Tempura broccoli, artichokes, kale, mushrooms, roasted pepper, saffron calasparra rice”. First paella for me, and I definitely enjoyed it. Vegetables were seasoned well and like the others, the portions were generous.

New Mexico

New Mexico and West Texas were surprisingly mountainous, as this was the first time I have been out there. Great place to drive and get away, and the hiking is something you can’t find in Central Texas.

If I had to pick a trail to hike in New Mexico, it would most likely not be La Luz as there is a boulder path towards the top that is not fun on the way up or down, and the scene from the top was lackluster. I would however take the couple hour journey and go to the Guadalupe Peak (which I did) in Texas. Far better trail and better views.

Of course, there are plenty of trails in the Santa Fe/Albuquerque area that are week-long trip worthy, and I plan to return in the future.

Otto’s German Bistro- Fredericksburg, TX

Otto’s German Bistro- Fredericksburg, TX

This is my favorite restaurant, and is the only restaurant I will visit in Fredericksburg if I want a sit-down meal.

I went there two days in a row, and I will gladly do the same again. From the amazing food, to the great patio, to the lovely waitresses, it was great all-around.

As other reviews about this restaurant have mentioned, it has German staples such as schnitzel and sausage, but they do have other dishes as well.

I don’t go out to eat often, but when I do, I don’t count calories and I have a very big appetite. The portions were not the biggest I have seen, though they were far from small. They use quality ingredients and the overall atmosphere makes it worth it.

Apps

Food Gras – “seared Hudson Valley foie gras, rhubarb marmalade pickled butternut squash, homemade brioche, mixed greens” This was the first time I had fois gras, and I can see why people look past the process of obtaining it, as it is definitely delicious.

Tuna Teriyaki – “braised green asparagus, lemon cream“. There is basically nothing better than fresh tuna steak.

Sautéed Mushrooms – “mushrooms, garlic, fresh herbs, shallots” I am not the biggest fan of mushrooms, but I tried it anyways. They said there were 4 different types of mushrooms; I did not eat all of it, but a lot more than I thought I would.

Entrées

Pork Ribeye – “12 oz dry aged pork ribeye, green peas cream, chimichurri,red potatoes, veggie mélange” cooked to perfection, and next to tuna steak, it is my favorite.

Duck Schnitzel – “käsespätzle, rotkohl, cranberry marmalade, pickled peppers” I had a fried egg on top of mine, and this was the best dish I had, which made me glad considering this claims to be a German restaurant. The Rotkohl and the Spätzle were stars as well, and if I ordered one thing, it would be this. I realized this was the first time I had duck as well, and definitely will try again.

Wurst Plate – “house-made wurst, kartoffelsalat, sauerkraut, senfgurken, house mustard” I don’t really like sausage, so I cannot complain about it.

Dessert – I am not the biggest dessert fan, other than ports

Duo of Schokolade & Peaches – “dark chocolate mousse and riegel,peach jelly, mint” If you didn’t know, Fredericksburg is known for their peaches, and these were the star. I don’t really like chocolate, but I did like the mousse they did.

Cambozola Cheesecake – “fresh strawberries, candied pecans, vanilla sauce” . Delicious cheesecake

Wine

They had a great Grüner Veltliner, and I believe a Hungarian dessert wine.