If you love New Mexico cuisine or if you love chile peppers, Hatch, New Mexico is the place for you.
I, Zeb the Duck, have visited Hatch a few times, so you will see photos from various trips.
Hatch chiles are famous in most parts of the United States, and beyond. After harvesting, the chiles are strung and become ristas.
Here I am with so many fresh red chile ristas. But red is not the only color.
These ristas have more than just red. There are also ristas of green chiles, and ristas with red and green chiles. In the fall, after harvest there are so many ristas and the aroma of fresh roasting chiles is everywhere. Hatch, New Mexico, with population from the last census, of under 2,000 is the self proclaimed Chile Capital of the World. On this road trip, Hatch was a necessary stop. We stopped at Hot Stuff.
It is winter, although rather nice temperatures, so things are little different.
Look at all these pots. We love these things. So useful and so colorful. Often they are out in front of the restaurant, but now being protected from any bad weather. The restaurant is open and most people sit inside.
But in the summer, out here at these tables is the place to be. Soapy’s mom bought green chili stew here. Lots of pork and perfectly seasoned with Hatch green chile. She will be back for more whenever she is in the area. Next door, more chiles.
Hatch Chile Sales was open. So many more ristas and many bags of chiles.
And more than chiles to eat.
How about chiles painted on wind chimes. Again, Hatch is the place for chiles. Now another place.
Sparky’s Burgers and BBQ. Sparky’s always has a line, but it moves rather quickly. But, Sparky’s is only open Thursday through Sunday, and we were there on Tuesday. Sparky’s has many unusual and larger than life statues around the restaurant. First an alien.
Many people believe an alien space ship landed in New Mexico many years ago, so aliens are a popular theme here. But not only aliens.
Teako Nunn grew up in the 1960’s and loved the larger then life statues from that era. And now he has several. We loved the red and green chiles on the bucket ofKentucky Fried Chicken. Teako Nunn and his wife, Josie, own and operate Sparky’s. Next to Sparky’s we enjoyed seeing Uncle Sam.
With chile peppers, of course. Chloe, Soapy’s dog, was really sorry we were here on a Tuesday.
She could have had her own 7 ounce burger patty. Next trip will try to plan our time in Hatch better. And you can be sure we will be back here again. Hatch is a nice, friendly town with great chiles. And fabulous food. You will smile a lot when you visit Hatch, New Mexico.