My parents, occasional visitors to New Mexico, say the state has the friendliest restaurant servers in the country.
I think of this every time I eat at the Range Café in Bernalillo. The service there is so consistently excellent, from the person who seats you to the one who refills your water, you have to remind yourself not to take it for granted.
The Range Café’s welcoming atmosphere has helped fuel its growth from one restaurant in Bernalillo to seven locations, including four in Albuquerque, over the past three decades.
The newer spots may offer convenience, but they can’t match the charm of the Bernalillo location on Camino del Sol, a road that traces its roots back to the historic Camino Real, which connected Santa Fe with Mexico City. The stretch where Range Café sits appears unbothered by time. The facades of the buildings, including a saloon and a mom and pop hardware store, stand close to the road, and drivers stop to let you cross, an act of hospitality so rare it leaves you momentarily confused.