seriously. I once waited an hour and fifteen minutes for a beer to arrive at my table. By the time it finally came, I was ready to go and actually considered running out on the (rather large) tab in order to avoid the 45 minute wait for my check.
When I moved here 9 years ago, El Patio was my favorite chile spot and whether it be because the quality of food has declined (which myself and some compatriots agree is true)or because my chile tastingskills have improved, I try to avoid it at all costs now. The location and atmosphere are wonderful, but let's face it--the food is mediocre and more often than not these days is served cold with the promise of a belly ache.
Really, I just wanted to chime in to praise the glories of Padilla's red chile and sopapillas. Oh, the flaky goodness. So, as long as you have to pull out the greens, Padilla's is pretty much whereit's at. (Duran's just may be a third runner up, behind your mom's house)
In response to the statement made by Mr. England, I have to add that, for the most part, Bradley's prices are great. Not only do his prices usually beat or meet used book priceson Amazon or at other used stores around New Mexico and the U.S. at large, but he goes out of his way to find somewhat espteric special requests at very reasonable prices. Add to this the constant inventory-wide sales and treasure-filled specials rack and I have a hard time wanting to buy used books from anyone else. Just sayin'...Bradley not only helps keep us financially-challenged bibliophiles going, he does our community a wonderful service.