Roxy’s Bistro on Wheels feeds you on the fly

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Avoid the lunch hour traffic at the usual noon time eateries by swinging by Los Lunas’ best kept secret, Roxy’s Bistro on Wheels, owned and operated by longtime Valencia County resident Roxana Payton.

Payton says her passion is cooking, and when she found herself unemployed and wondering what her next step was going to be, her friends told her, “What do you do best? What do you love to do?”

Ungelbah Daniel-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Roxana Payton, owner of Roxy’s Bistro on Wheels, located behind Wells Fargo in Los Lunas, serves gourmet soups, sandwiches and more.

“Cooking, I love to cook,” she told them.

And so with a little elbow grease, provided by her boyfriend, they transformed their RV into a first rate bistro on wheels, recognizable by its quaint red and white checkered pattern.

At Roxy’s you won’t find anything wrapped in a tortilla. Rather, you’ll find a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and more, depending on what Payton happens to be in the mood to make.

“I’m an avid cookbook collector. I have own 450 cookbooks,” said Payton. “I absolutely love green chile, so no matter what it is, I’ll find a way to change a classic recipe and add green chile to it.”

For example, she makes a green chile spread for her N.M. BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato), green chile meatballs, and a “sloppy José.”

Payton says her favorite thing about cooking is experimenting with new recipes and altering old ones. She said she often watches cooking shows on TV and sees them making recipes she thought she invented.

She says experimenting runs in the family — her mother also enjoyed making new dishes for her family and says she grew up watching her in the kitchen.

When Payton graduated from college and got married, she was tired of eating the same old things and discovered that with a kitchen and the right ingredients, she could make something new and amazing every night.

The bistro, which can usually be found behind Wells Fargo Bank in Los Lunas, serves delectable delights, such as a grilled cheese that is stuffed to overflowing with five kinds of cheese, and a panini margherita, which consists of sourdough bread with mozzarella, tomato and pesto, including a jalapeno or green chile pesto.

She also has a mean Frito pie, a turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo and dressing, a rustic roast beef sandwich, chopped salads and tomato basil soup, not to mention her signature Ooh La La, a dessert consisting of nutella, marshmallow cream and strawberry preserves.

Payton also makes her own popcicles and ice cream sandwiches.

The menu changes daily, however, with new specials made fresh that day, Payton recommends following her on Facebook or just giving her a call to find out what’s new and place an order.

You might not find the burritos and tacos at Roxy’s that your used to getting out of a kitchen on the go, but variety is the spice of life, and one thing is for certain, Payton isn’t shy on her servings.

So the next time your hungry and on the fly, give Roxy’s Bistro on Wheels a call, place and order and have it ready, waiting and hot in no time flat.

For more information, or to place an order, call Roxy’s Bisto on Wheels at 620-1830.


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