Zinc, Yanni's, JB's, Ezra's and El Pinto this week. Continual winter lunching at locations "in town" and in the North Valley. The setting becomes almost as important as the food when the days are short and the dollars dear. No rag tag service and dirty forks here. Zinc has a nice table in a sunny window against the wall. I also like sitting at the Zinc bar - which is actually zinc. It feels nice and warm and zinc has clear health benefits. Whether or not these can be imparted transdermally, I like to rub against the bar for luck when I'm there.
Yanni's has that sunny white and blue Mediterranean vibe going on. It is a great place to watch politicians eat souls sole. JB's in the North Valley is another political hot spot that has its charm. You can enjoy the $5 breakfast buffet with lots of fresh fruit. From a comfy booth you can eavesdrop on talk about county zoning and South Valley incorporation ::Good riddance!::
Watching politics-free bowling from a quiet booth at Ezra's is relaxing and the fish tacos are great. It is shamefully empty at lunch - which is a huge contrast to the time it was the location of Sadie's. Everyone went there then - politicos, horsetrainers, truckers, bikers and tourists. You couldn't get a table at lunch. Everyone smoked and all the booths were red. Before that Sadie's was at the SE corner of Osuna and Second Street. When they built the present Sadie's they cut down a huge cottonwood and put the Chamisal Lateral in a pipe. So I don't go there except to the bar once in a while.
El Pinto has been in the same location since opening in the sixties. It was a sister restaurant (literally, once run by sisters) to La Posta restaurant on Mesilla Plaza. El Pinto's maze of rooms and patios enables you to hide by a nice roaring fireplace with a half-pitcher of margaritas and nachos every afternoon until spring. Hmmm.