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.
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 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.