La Esquina Restaurante
20 First Plaza Ctr NW Ste 60, Albuquerque, NM, USA
La Esquina Restaurante Albuquerque Reviews
Mexican Place (locale used in film 'Crazy Heart') Feb 04, 2012
La Esquina is located in the 1st Plaza Galeria, sort of an upscale shopping mall. The restaurant is on the lower level and can be accessed at the corner of Tijeras and 2nd street. Look for the glass enclosure that says Galeria with steps going down. I suppose the mall atmosphere does detract a bit from the ambiance here, but the restaurant is actually appealing from the outside despite being located in a basement level of a mall. Once inside, you never know the difference and it's a cozy sort of place with nooks for more private tables here and there.
I thought the menu selection was interesting and there are some different dishes on the menu than you normally might find in a Mexican restaurant . So, in this regard I was intrigued. But the proof is in the taste. I was not feeling adventurous and ordered what is my favorite in Mexican: Enchiladas. I have to say that when the dish arrived it looked like no other serving of Enchiladas I had ever seen. It was surrounded by beans and the Enchiladas lay under a bed of lettuce in the middle, such that I wondered if they were even there. The color looked dark and I was leery, but it tasted very good. While not the best mexican food I've ever had, it was certainly different and I enjoyed it.
As an aside, I discovered from talking to the proprietor that this restaurant was used as a locale in the 2009 film 'Crazy Heart' with Jeff Bridges. Surprise Surprise and this was an unusual discovery to me indeed. I had never seen the film, but was aware of it. My dinner companion was familiar with the film, but didn't immediately make the connection. Well, I won't recommend it just because it was a film locale in 'Crazy Heart', but it is good Mexican food for the price. The Mall location is not appealing, but the decor inside makes you forget where your are. I can recommend it.
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