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Albuquerque boasts plenty of sass and style

Albuquerque boasts plenty of sass and style

One of my fondest travel memories was of a trip I took with my grandparents on historic Route 66 from their home in Texas to California. One of our stops was Albuquerque, where my grandfather suggested dinner at La Placita Dining Rooms and Cantina in Old Town.

We had a lengthy wait for a table, so we occupied the time at the bar listening to the strolling guitar player strum Mexican love songs. When he asked for requests, my grandmother — emboldened by the three margaritas she had consumed while waiting — beckoned him over and asked if he knew “The Eyes of Texas.”

Without missing a beat, he segued from “Cielito Lindo” to the song that is a rallying cry for Texans...