If you’re human and you like ice cream or tacos, I cannot more highly recommend a visit to Albuquerque – specifically, El Cotorro!
We discovered this spot on the hunt for a place for dinner to celebrate my birthday, and it absolutely fit the bill. Cheap artisan tacos, margaritas and outstanding ice cream, including gluten free waffle cone options! We returned several times during our visit, where my husband and I fell in love with the Nob Hill neighborhood and all that is El Cotorro.
Here are the details on what we tried:
Buttered Popcorn- Yum! This has a very bright and forward buttered popcorn flavor. It’s tasty and creamy – it also may perhaps get boring as a solo flavor? But I loved it.
Grapefruit Thyme- This unusual flavor was amazing!!!!!!!!! Both ingredients are in perfect balance here.
Coconut Curry and Basil – Yum! This vegan flavor is seriously incredible. They are two of my favorite flavors and it’s actually perfect in ice cream form! One of the best vegan flavors I’ve had, if not the best ever. There’s a warmth and sweetness to it. Amazing. I hope this counts as a meal, I’d eat it every day!
Cinnamon Apple – This is just like pie without the crust – it’s seriously perfect. So fresh and perfectly spiced and delicious. It’s even better then the apple pie or the best cinnamon apples you remember.
Red Chili Mango – I added extra tajine per their recommendation. It’s a lighter spice, great if you like mango, with the spice kicking in afterwards.
Strawberry Chocolate – This is fun, kind of like a strawberry candy rather than a typical real strawberry like I’d expect in a classic American strawberry ice cream.
French Toast – Yum, this is kind of an understated maple flavor with a butter type flavor in there… worth a try!
Pepino Con Coco – aka Cucumber and Coconut – Wow! What an awesome combination! I am in love with this combination. Who’d have thought?
Red Chile Sandia – This is big on the spice, and it’s really fun if you dig spicy ice cream! Picture watermelon but with a red chile kick, and more like a sorbet base.
Mexican Vanilla – The staff called this the end of a rootbeer float. It’s super creamy and fun, with a nice warm and gentle kick. I found it almost like squash! So yummy.
Azteca – This is a spicy Mexican chocolate that was recommended as perfect in an affogato. It’s smooth and very spicy, I love it!
Marble Double White – This has beer in it, of course! It’s really good according to my husband.
Matcha Vanilla – It tastes like the tea, without a lot of extra sweetness.
This place is so special. They said they make the mint chocolate chip from mint tea to avoid that artificial taste – how smart is that? Their sign says Mexico City style ice cream, so I guess I will have to make a trip someday! Their team of four makes ice cream every day or two.
Almost all of their flavors are super creamy, and the textures are awesome.
They also make their own waffle cones, and two of the three flavors are gluten-free! Blue corn waffle cones were kind of crumbly and a bit burnt, but still super delicious. Be prepared for crumbles! And their banana bread waffle cone, also gluten free and vegan, is just magical, like banana bread! It was also a tiny bit burnt in spots, but it’s delicious.
We came back several times with family and solo – this place is that good! We can even see ourselves living within walking distance of here someday.
El Cotorro also had amazing gourmet tacos with flavors from around the world and cheap margaritas and other drinks. I couldn’t recommend them more highly! Come early and explore the neighborhood of Nob Hill.