Breakfast at Plaza Café (Gallup, NM)

We dreaded eating yet another motel continental breakfast (in this case, Red Roof Inn in Gallup). Although it’s economical to have something to eat included in the room rate, the stuff does get old after a while. Here we were on historic Route 66, so what better way to have breakfast than at a highly regarded diner, Plaza Café. With some anticipation, we looked forward to our first Southwestern meal on this road trip, and we were not disappointed.

Green salsa

We ordered today’s specials of chorizo and eggs and huevos rancheros, both of which were satisfying. What stood out though were the freshly made flour tortillas (there were brown griddle spots) and the green and red chile sauces. The sauces were surprisingly savory from the bits of ground pork in them and had enough heat to make them interesting. The red sauce was so good, in fact, that I ate it as a dip with a whole rolled-up tortilla.

Other Southwestern items on the breakfast menu included:

Omelets with green chile, green chile & cheese and chorizo & cheese
FBI – tortillas with hash browns and red or green chile
Burritos with egg, green chile & cheese; egg, chorizo & cheese (although any burrito can be topped with red/green chile)

It pays to be frugal when on vacation, especially on a long road trip, but you can’t live on bread (or motel continental breakfast) alone. Plaza Café was a welcome stop before continuing on to the Zuni Pueblo.

Huevos rancheros
Huevos rancheros
Chorizo and eggs
Chorizo and eggs
Plaza Cafe
1501 W Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301

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