Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Review: Four Winds Restaurant - Carrizozo, New Mexico

On Thursday night M was on his way up to Albuquerque when some tube exploded in his truck. It left him stranded just outside of Carrizozo, New Mexico. As you can see from the map above Carrizozo is a tiny tiny town about an hour out of Alamogordo, and about 2 hours south of Albuquerque. When M called, I immediately headed out to get him. I left straight from work, and by the time I had gotten to him I was starving and so was he...poor thing. I saw an OPEN sign on a restaurant across from where I picked him up, and said "Look. That place is open. Can we eat there?"

Four Winds Restaurant is  located right on the corner of the towns only street light. It's right across from the 2 gas stations and Elsie's Flame Broiled Burgers (a gem I'm just waiting to try). The restaurant has a typical diner set up, with a counter area and some tables. It's pretty big inside. We sat at the counter and were served by a very sweet and friendly waiter named Cory. He is a local high school student, who moved to Carrizozo from somewhere near Albany, New York.

Always taking the safe bet of a cheeseburger and fries at truck stops or little dive diners, I stuck with the usual only I added green chile. My buddy Cory suggested the Carne Asada, but I thought that may be a little too iffy for the long ride back home.

Anyway...Check out the green chiles on this bad boy. I was happily greeted with thick roasted strips that were very flavorful. They had the right amount of spice, not too hot but spicy enough to taste the heat. the hand made patty was a pretty good size, and cooked just right. Not dry at all, and pretty well done. We got a generous portion of  fresh cut fries to accompany our burgers. they were good; fried to a nice golden brown, and salted just right.

They had a pretty good selection of homemade desserts too...We got M a slice of chocolate cake to go home with us. We ate it the next day and it was moist and delicious. We were however, pretty disappointed when we saw how small the slice was.

All in all, I was pretty impressed with Four Winds. If we are ever stranded in Carrizozo again, we would probably hit it up. I do want to try Elsie's though, and I'm not sure how many more times that I'll be stranded there.

 Four Winds does not have a website, but here is their contact information:

111 Central Avenue
Carrizozo, NM 88301
(575) 648-2964

Four Winds Restaurant & Lounge on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. See what had happened was... Okay, just to clarify...there was not an explosion! The connector (which was plastic) for the heater hose cracked/broke off creating a shower of coolant from the truck. Nice huh!? El did not hesitate to come save me from tiny town NM…thanks Baby!

    The burgers were pretty good along with the homemade fries….but the highlight was the chocolate cake. It was small slice but very good! The only bad thing was the place did not have a bar….after the “explosion” a jack and coke would’ve been nice!


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