Monday, May 27, 2013

Paco's International Smokehouse Cuisine

While Memorial Day serves as a reminder to honor the men and women in the service from past and present, we also know it's become a grand excuse to fire up the barbecue.

Our family was no exception as we grilled up some bratwurst, Cornish game hens, and good old steaks.

But none of it compared to the meaty meal I had over the weekend at Paco's International Cuisine.

I received a call on Friday from Ryan Scott who hosts a series on YouTube called Break the Chain that covers local non-chain restaurants here in New Mexico. I personally think what Ryan does on the show serves a great purpose and I was happy to accept his invitation for an impromptu dinner at Paco's.

Paco's is in the North Valley at Rio Grande and Griegos. You might miss it if you're not looking for it but I'm gonna tell you right now, you don't want to miss it.

As the name suggests, Paco's serves up some incredible smoked fare. I got a good hit of that smoky flavor right from the start with brisket nachos. You know food is good when I'm too busy stuffing my face to snap a picture. But the presentation wasn't the important factor, it was the fragrant brisket mixing in with the cheese coating the chips that really made this one of my favorite parts of the meal.

While we were snacking on nachos, the chef brought by some brisket, sliced up on a plate so we could try it on its own.

It was everything brisket should be. Excellent through and through.

For the main entree, I tried the chicken with grits and green beans for my sides. It was well prepared and definitely had me ready to unbutton my pants to make extra room.

Then came the desserts. Yes, plural. Dessert #1 was a play on s'mores and hit all those marshmallow and chocolate notes that remind you of a campfire.

Dessert #2 really blew my socks off. I don't say that lightly. I'm saying that this combination of peanut butter mousse and sliced bananas made me sit back in my seat just to marvel at the perfection of this dessert. It has a slightly sweet and very nutty smooth mousse texture that contrasts with the bananas and their crunchy layer of caramelized sugar on top. When combined, your mouth does this little happy dance for a minute until you go in for another bite. And another. And another.

It was a fantastic high note to end an already excellent meal.


I need to give serious thanks to Ryan Scott for showing me a great new dinner spot I might not have otherwise known about. Check him out on YouTube as he shares great local restaurants around New Mexico.

And take a minute to like these Facebook pages.

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