Fuego 505?

At first, I thought Fuego 505 was the name of a SoundCloud rapper.

Since I put my email out there, I get a ton of links from people asking me to check out their music. I am not sure why they ask me, because if it’s not a new song/album from Pearl Jam or Olivia Rodrigo, then chances are I am probably not listening to it.

However, this was no SoundCloud rapper, and it was clear that Fuego 505 had a ton of fans that praised the restaurant for both its satisfying grub and the lively environment.

Fuego 505 is a restaurant and bar that specializes in rotisserie meats. It also offers a full bar and many more food items.

I decided to stop by on Halloween because, according to my neighbor, I am “too old to go trick-or-treating, and it’s 7 in the morning.”

I sat down and immediately added this spot to my list of places to watch sports, hang out with friends or go on a date. They have TVs, many food options and a great drink menu.

While looking at the menu, I also noticed that you could pay $15 to buy a round of drinks for the staff. That’s just cool, and we are approaching the season of giving, so give back, everyone!

“People on the West Side and in Rio Rancho are our bread and butter. We want this place to be more of a local spot,” said managing partner Matthew Barela. “Whether it is to come for a great meal, watch a game, just get a cocktail out of work or just come hang out for a few hours, we want to be your neighborhood go-to place.”

After consulting with Barela, I decided to order the Barrio Tacos and the seasonal Cubano Sandwich. He informed me that the Barrio Tacos are the most popular item.

For the record, I was going to order another food item that sounded amazing, but breakfast was already over. I am coming back for you, Churro French Toast!

As I waited, I noticed on the menu that they offer daily food specials and happy hour every weekday from 3-6 p.m., which is nice to know.

My food came out after 15 minutes, and it was time to get to work.

The Barrio Tacos came with red chile consome-flavored tortillas stuffed with melted cheese and braised beef. The tacos were topped with queso fresco, chopped white onions, cilantro and were served with red chile consome dipping sauce. Three tacos in total.

The Cubano Sandwich came with carnitas, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and green chile on an 8-inch roll.

I started with the tacos, and that first bite was messy — but glorious. The tacos had crispy cheese on the outside and gooey cheese on the inside. The meat was tender, savory and full of juicy red chile flavor. The Queso Fresco offered a soft and mild texture, and the extra red chile consome sauce was the cherry on top.

Also, these tacos were filling. Usually, I can down six tacos, but not these. I was almost stuffed after the third.

Next, I headed for the Cubano Sandwich. It was a pressed sandwich that was toasty, had an abundance of gooey cheese, flavorful meat and had a great little kick from the green chile.

Now, I will be honest, I only had two or three bites before I threw in the towel. I was stuffed. The next morning, I threw it in the toaster oven and ate it while I watched “The Office” for, like, the 30th time. Not a bad combination.

Fuego 505 was a great experience, and I cannot wait to go back on football Sundays. Thank you all for encouraging me to give it a try. Next time, I am trying the Churro French Toast and the Rotisserie Skewers … in that order.

The Barrio Tacos were $14, and the Cubano Sandwich was $12.

If you want to contact Fuego 505, call 505-433-2648.

Fuego 505 is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. It’s at 5750 McMahon Blvd. NW, Suite B, on the West Side of Albuquerque.

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