884 E Williams Field Rd | Gilbert, AZ | 85295
480.306.8050 | blueadobegrille.com
Organized by: Sarah and Bill
Wow – I am really slacking at keep up with our food adventures! I guess it isn’t as bad as last year where I am missing most of 2018! I am making a mid-year resolution…is that a thing? I mean, why wait another 6 months to turn something around, right? That is just called trying to justify procrastination. Ha! Ok, I am making it a thing (trumpets sound). By royal(-ish – not really but I always dreamed of being a princess) decree, I declare the time for mid-year resolutions is now. ☺
So now to talk about food…in March we visited Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille in Gilbert. This is one of their two locations and while the owner might have gotten started with the original in Mesa, it is not related. Similar but not the same. Seems like this stretch of road in Gilbert is getting a healthy and tasty dose of New Mexican cuisine since La Ristra and New Mexican Grill are not too far away from Blue Adobe.
If you have never had New Mexican food — 1) you are insanely missing out and 2) it is not to be confused with Sonoran style Mexican food found in Arizona. In my opinion, the flavors are completely different. Green and red chilies play a big part in the dishes and sometimes ARE the dish. Oh and let’s not get it twisted, these are not your local commercial grocery chain of canned chilies…these are fresh, roasted, and spicy chilies that have the potential to kick you in the face and then whisper sweet nothings to your taste buds at the same time. There are some of my favorites like posole, a soup made with roasted pork and hominy or carne adovada, simmered roast pork in red chile sauce that just melts in your mouth. And since New Mexico is the 2nd largest producer of pecans in the country, pecan-grilled or pecan-smoked meats are also common. In addition, blue corn is also highly represented in tortillas, chips, corn bread, and many other ways.
The margaritas at Blue Adobe are good. Had better, but good and the service was quite slow on the night we were there. Granted, I know we are a large group so I always try to take that into consideration but this time it seemed slower and more distracted than normal. The dishes were good and represented the classics but we are tough critics since some of our friends are from New Mexico and it is hard to compete with Aaron’s home-cooked posole and red chili beef. 😉