The First Three
August 8, 2018 – Iguana Bar at Buffalo Thunder Casino: A Rocky Start
It’s a big one, that’s for sure.
My folks love to gamble and I discovered that one of their favorite casino bars was on the trail, so we did it on the fly. However… they gave us the wrong margarita. The app isn’t totally user friendly—lacking some basic instructions—and unfortunately our first bar did not know either. The guy that served us wasn’t the regular bartender, so we found out when we were already drinking that the ones he made us weren’t the right Margarita. Also, all the bars have cards that participants are supposed to scan, but we didn’t know that, and he didn’t know that, so we didn’t get “credit”. The Marg was good and very full, but it wasn’t the best experience on the trail.
August 9, 2018 – Inn at the Anasazi: George is King
A wide selection. What’s your poison?
This is a stunning hotel and restaurant, and the highlight of our trail so far. George—our bartender/server—was extremely helpful and a skilled mixologist. We grabbed a beautiful, high table in the lounge and enjoyed the official trail margarita: the “Sandia y Pepino” (silver tequila, Cointreau, watermelon, cucumber, and tajin lime salt). You can only have one during your stop, so we stayed and enjoyed a few of George’s other creations—including the Spicy Paloma and a Cucumber Mojito. Both were fantastic.
Designed by Guillermo Del Toro.
We decided we would go back just to visit George. He gave us the lowdown on how everything worked and answered our questions about the Trail. We wished we had started here. As I mentioned, this is a stunning room, and one of the highlights of that area was the tequila designed by Guillermo de Toro, which was the focal point of the tequila wall. They have a bar menu, so we ordered some chips & salsas while we were there. They were good as well.
August 9, 2018 – The Bell at La Fonda: Rooftop Drink Spot
Our last stop of the day.
This spot had super views of the city and a nice breeze. Our server here was austere in expression and could have made an excellent addition to the Queen’s Guard. We made a bet that whoever could make him smile didn’t have to pay the bill. Nevertheless, their margarita, the “Don Real Margarita” was very good (sauza hornitos reposada, anejo, gran marnier, and patron citronge). We also split a few quesadillas—veggie and chicken—and they were both good. The experience was great, and we would definitely come back for another round of drinks and quesadillas, but the Trail beckoned, and we moved on.