I was in Albuquerque during one of my epic trips this spring– you see, Spring is when we publishing folks rack up the mileage (airline and car) and call on accounts if necessary. I was originally scheduled to visit a school in ABQ, but that got switched to a visit to a school in El Paso. Since it was cheaper and faster to drive between ABQ and El Paso than it is to try to fly from Denver (my first destination) to El Paso (six+ hours, three airlines…), I just drove. It was nice– I’ve never driven through that part of the country before, and I got to see my friend and coworker Jeanette, who insisted that we had to grab breakfast at Sophia’s Place.
Who am I to argue?
Sophia’s Place is a hole-in-the-wall, a dive– whatever you’d like to call it– in the middle of a dusty parking lot in Albuquerque. It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and in a couple of magazines, because their breakfast in particular is really, really good. Inside, there are about ten tables, and you order at a front counter. They have all sorts of things– huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and a full lunch menu. I ended up with the breakfast tacos: eggs, migas-style with salsa, potatoes, salad and beans.
It was so good– bacon, eggs, sausage in soft corn tortillas, with crispy, salty, rosemary-y fried potatoes and fried plantains. The salad made me feel slightly healthier, and the coffee was fantastic. It was filling and inexpensive– about $6. It tided me over on my long (lo-o-ong) drive to El Paso. If you find yourself in ABQ, get a little off the beaten path and try out Sophia’s Place.