I woke up bright and early with a loving memory of Albuquerque’s food: carne adovada and Mexican menudo from Mary & Tito’s Cafe and Mexican champurrado from the neighborhood supermarket. With a few hours left, I wanted to end the Albuquerque stopover with a big bang: a big fat, greasy, spicy, beefy and creamy green chili cheeseburger for breakfast. And so we loaded our bags onto our rental, checked out of Sandia Inn Peak Motel and searched the ole reliable Internet (It has never failed us…so far!) for the best green chili cheeseburger in Albuquerque.
The Laguna Burger from 66 Pit Stop topped the green chili cheeseburger list. And so I keyed in the address spewed out by the Internet on the GPS and we were on our way to green chili cheeseburger heaven!
We drove through Central Avenue and out onto I-40 until the GPS in her robotic matter-of-fact voice said we have arrived at our destination. Uhhhh…There was no Laguna Burger in sight, only rows upon rows of trailers. And so, we tried another address we found on the Internet, keyed it into the GPS and found ourselves in a strip mall with no Laguna Burger in sight.
The Husband, already frustrated with the time wasted, wanted to just get on the road as we still had a fair bit of distance to Texas: 10 hours more. I called the telephone number posted on a blogpost and asked for directions. Why are we so reliant on the info on the Internet anyway when we can actually talk with a human being? We drove westwards down the I-40 and into exit 140 – Rio Puerco and finally found 66 Pit Stop, the home of THE Laguna Burger.
“Oh you’re the one who called earlier!” said the amused cashier girl.
“Yes I was.” I quickly replied, heading over to the counter to get me a green chili cheeseburger.
“Sorry, but we only serve the cheeseburgers at 1030AM.” said the cook, wiping down the counters.
I checked my watch and saw that it was only a fifteen minute wait. But how come nothing was prepped? How come two men came in to fix the griddle?
“Uh, what time is it?” I asked the cook.
“It’s 830AM. Today is the first day of Daylight Savings.”
I checked my mobile phone time again. That would mean the Laguna Burger would require a two-hour wait.
“Could you make a special one for me please? We won’t be driving by anytime soon. We came all the way from Texas.” I practically begged.
“Sorry Ma’m, but we’re not allowed to cook hot food before 1030AM. You can have a breakfast burrito instead. We have bacon – green chili and sausage green chili.” He said pointing out to the acrylic display shelf stuffed with two rows of parchment wrapped cylinders.
I was too hungry. I couldn’t wait another two hours, so I unwillingly grabbed a bacon – green chili breakfast burrito to go. It was the most disappointing thing I had in Albuquerque…just because I really wanted one of their famous Laguna burgers.
Note to self when travelling: Take note when changes in time are implemented. BTW when are we getting out of Daylight Savings Time (DST)?
66 Pit Stop – Home of the Laguna Burger
Take exit 140 – Rio Puerco, I-40 West
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Laguna burgers only available 1030AM onwards
+1 (505) 352-7848