Above: Mac's Cherry limeade. Photograph by Douglas Merriam.

Mac’s Steak in the Rough is a retro drive-in on Albuquerque’s Menaul Boulevard where a big, icy cup of old-fashioned limeade will quench your thirst and curl your toes for less than two bucks. Open since 1960, Mac’s recently had a cheery renovation, but the trademarked Taquita Tusum (their version of the taquito) and old-fashioned limeade are just as good as I remember from when I was a carhop there in the mid-1990s.

Order This: Cherry limeade, with a shot of bright red syrup and a maraschino cherry. 

My stint chauffeuring trays of deep-fried steak fingers was brief, but it left me with an enduring taste for this Mac’s classic drink.

On a hot Burque day, I bet you get hooked, too.

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Mac's Steak in the Rough
4515 Menaul Blvd. NE; Albuquerque NM