Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

El Pinto Chips In With a Spicy Presidential Endorsement.(Final)

Byline: Chris Ramirez Journal Staff Writer


He's got the jet, the big house in Washington and round-the-clock security.

Now comes President Bush's latest job perk his face on a jar of New Mexico-made salsa.

Mexican foods are among the president's favorite dishes, said Jim Garcia, moments after his El Pinto restaurant landed the ultimate catering gig: serving the president aboard Air Force One.

The commander in chief dined on a five-course meal prepared by the Northwest Albuquerque restaurant Monday, after he promoted tax cuts and his economic stimulus plan to small-business owners.

"He definitely likes the hot stuff," said Garcia, director of operations for the restaurant at 10500 Fourth NW. …

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