My husband had a day off, so we decided to try Dennis Apodoca’s restaurant named Sophia’s Place on 4th Street for lunch. He had read many good reviews and wanted to try it out. Since we’ve only been in Albuquerque for about 3 years, we are still exploring restaurants and building our list of “ABQ good eats” and maybe this restaurant would be one to add to the list.
As we pulled into the parking lot, the first words out of my mouth were, “This is a shack.” Don’t get me wrong; many times the hole-in-the-wall places are the best places to eat, so I was excited. There is outdoor dining under a simple roof with views of cars driving by on 4th Street. The inside dining is small and cozy with enough seating for about 20 or so people with a view of the tiny galley kitchen. The walls are decorated with colorful folk art. My husband is a huge fan of burritos, so the obvious choice for him was the breakfast burrito (with pork carnitas), “smothered” with green chile. I saw that they had a “fish of the day,” which was cod, so I ordered the soft fish tacos. Fish tacos always bring back great memories of my days spent in San Diego during my residency training.
Our order was out quickly. My husband devoured his burrito and finished his last bite with “This is a gooood burrito.” Luckily I was able to get a bite of it. We agreed that this is probably the best burrito in town (as many other reviewers have stated) because of its clean taste and great flavors. Most importantly, it was filled with lots of tender pork (it also had potatoes and eggs) unlike the generic burrito which is usually filled with lots of rice and beans and only some meat. My tacos were delicious. I enjoyed the double layered corn tortillas along with mixed baby greens, rice and pinto beans on the side. The fish was moderately spicy and topped with green onion, cilantro, avocado and tomatoes.
It was a very satisfying lunch and has a spot on our list of good eats. The next time we have visitors in town, we will be bringing them here instead of to that larger establishment located further north on 4th Street. We’ll be back to Sophia’s Place for breakfast with our kids in the very near future.
Tip: If you go on the weekends, be prepared to wait!
Date of visit: April 27, 2012