La Reforma is the right choice for Cinco De Mayo in Albuquerque

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Here in Albuquerque, this is going to be an odd Cinco De Mayo.

With one of the country’s largest hispanic populations, there are plenty of people in the city who prepare their own (and many others’) Cinco De Mayo meals on a yearly basis. Many Albuquerque residents go to family parties or get together with friends for their celebrations.

This year, those celebrations are going to be replaced with social distancing and likely a lot of takeout food. Luckily, that large hispanic population also provides us with plenty of restaurants we can turn to for some delicious Mexican food. However, there is one restaurant in this city that stands out above the rest.

La Reforma in northern Albuquerque has absolutely everything you could want to celebrate the holiday. To begin with, their chips and salsa are ridiculous. I don’t know what they do these chips, but they are a step above any others I’ve had in this city. They are a requirement any time I order from La Reforma.

It’s difficult to live up to that outstanding beginning, but the rest of the menu really pulls it off. Regardless of what your go-to at a Mexican restaurant is, you’ll be happy.

Their tacos come on corn tortillas that are made in-house. The burritos are loaded with rice, beans, pico, and guac. The quesadillas are perfectly flavored by the crema and asadero cheese. All of these also come stuffed with the meat of your choice, whether you’re feeling like some carnitas, pollo asado, or carne asada. The burritos and quesadillas even come with bean or cheese options if you’re vegetarian.

My personal favorite meal actually comes from the appetizer menu. Their carne asada fries are simple but delicious. They come smothered in cheese and carne asada, topped with guacamole, pico, and that fantastic crema.

On top of these delicious food options, they also offer some great alcohol choices. I’m personally not a huge fan of Mexican lagers, but I’ve been assured by quite a few people that La Reforma offers top notch craft beers. What I can personally attest to is the quality of their spirits selection. Their rum pairs perfectly with any of their dishes (especially if you get it with the Mexican Coke they offer) and their Agave Spirit goes great in a margarita. Any of these alcohol options will be the perfect finishing touch to any Cinco festivities.

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I’m sure there will be plenty of this city’s residents who take care of Cinco De Mayo dinner preparations themselves, but if you’re like me and want to leave that responsibility to somebody else, then I don’t think there’s a better place to turn than La Reforma.