New taqueria in Rio Communities does burgers, burritos and more

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Who says the age of mom ‘n’ pop diners is dead?

In this new era of “go local,” people are going back to their roots, and for some that means big burgers and cheap burritos, which is exactly what is being served up at Taqueria & More in Rio Communities.

The restaurant is located north of the intersection of River Road and N.M. 47, next door to Allsups. It’s in a little blue building with a 1950s style arrow sign pointing you in the right direction, through the door, but you could just as easily find it by following your nose.

An aroma that is suspiciously similar to fair food wafts around the building, making your tummy wake up and start growling before you’ve even walked through the door.

Inside, it inevitably smells even better, again, that uncanny fragrance you associate with the State Fair — kind of sweet, kind of cheesy, completely mouth watering. This is probably due to the fact that owner, Chris Montano, was in the concession business for six years prior to opening Taqueria & More six weeks ago.

His mobile food concession, Taqueria del Rey, was a staple, he said, at motor cross tracks throughout New Mexico. Montano said he would borrow different local kitchens to make the food that he’d then sell from his concession, but eventually he decided it would be easier to find a home-base were he could feed the public at all times.

So, he sold his concession and found the location at the crossroads, where Montano said he is able to expand his menu as well as do custom orders for people should they want something not on the menu.

Montano loves to feed people and always has. The restaurant business, which he entered in high school, working at a pizza parlor, is his niche.

“I love talking to the people,” Montano said.

Despite the name, the restaurant does more than make a mean taco. They also do all the burritos, from bean and cheese to carne adovada, with no price more than $5.50, including a $3.50 breakfast burrito that Montano will assure you is big enough to feed a small village.

“When you come in here, the portions are going to be big,” he says. “I rarely see anybody leave hungry … it’s good food at cheap prices.”

The taco joint is also home to “the big Mike burger,” a goliath at $7 that uses a pound of beef and double cheese, as well as hot dogs, frito pies, nachos, chile cheese fries, Phily cheesesteaks and so much more.

You can also call ahead for a fast pick-up or have food delivered to your work.

The Taqueria is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For information, call Mantano at 864-7918.

 


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