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I Love Sushi – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Who doesn't love I Love Sushi.

Who doesn't love I Love Sushi.

According to the US Census Bureau, more than half (49.3) of all Americans reported they did not “dine out” between Fall, 2009 and Fall, 2011. That’s the lowest percentage since 2007 and could be indicative of the pervasive economic malaise or perhaps of the uncertainty as to what constitutes “dining out.”  The Census Bureau did not define the term so it’s conceivable “dining out” was interpreted as a meal at a “fancy restaurant” with table service and a wine menu as opposed to say, a meal at a fast food restaurant or  picking up a burger from a food truck.

One data point the Census Bureau did not research is the percentage of people who don’t like sushi.  A sushi chef acquaintance tells me sushi isn’t something people merely just “like” or are indifferent to.  They either love it or hate it.  He contends that most, not all, people who claim to hate it have never tried really good sushi.  A quick perusal through Google seemingly contradicts his theory, revealing numerous sites and Facebook pages dedicated to the derision of sushi.  In almost all cases, the haters had tried sushi and found it not to their liking (to say the least). 

Savvy sushi savants sit at the sushi bar

Not surprisingly, one demographic which loves sushi is white people.  Confirmation of this “unimpeachable” fact can be found in the amusing Stuff White People Like Web site.  Before you accuse me of xenophobia or racism, the author–a self-admitted “veteran white person”–employs generalizations and stereotypes in a humorous manner to poke fun at the most prominent American demographic to which he belongs (in other words, he’s trying to be funny).   The author contends that “regardless if you are vegetarian, vegan, or just guilty about eating meat, all white people love SushiTo them, it’s everything they want: foreign culture, expensive, healthy, and hated by the ‘uneducated.’ 

He further observes that there is a definite hierarchy of sushi loving white people, ranging from the “spicy tuna/California roll eaters” (who don’t really care about the authenticity of the sushi as much as they do the experience of eating it) to the “white sushi snobs” who “only sit at the sushi bar, will try to order in Japanese” and will complete the authentic experience by washing their sushi down with sake. One sushi restaurant which will appease all white people is the aptly named I Love Sushi restaurant at the Del Norte Plaza shopping center on San Mateo.

Salad and Miso Soup

White people or not, visitors to I Love Sushi will be greeted with a warm “Irasshaimase,” the Japanese word for “Welcome.”  I Love Sushi has been making everyone feel welcome since it opened in 2000.  The 36-seat restaurant, a multiple-time “best sushi” award-winner in Albuquerque The Magazine‘s annual poll has become one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in the Duke City.  It’s been that way practically since it first launched, its popularity further cemented when in 2004, a teppan grilling station was added. 

While many diners visit I Love Sushi to watch the prestidigitation of the knife-wielding teppan chefs, most seem to gravitate toward the sushi bar where they can commune with the restaurant’s owner and sushi chef Tom Yun.  As personable a restaurateur as you’ll find in Albuquerque, he’s all business when deftly creating unique maki rolls, the likes of which few restaurants will attempt.  A wall of faux river stones and a stuffed marlin backdrop the sushi bar in which chef Yun plies his craft.

Vegetable Tempura

Shortly after being presented with the sushi menu, an attentive server will bring to your table, a warm bowl of traditional miso soup and a salad with orange-ginger dressing. Neither are particularly exciting, but then you’ll probably be so eager to get to the sushi that they wouldn’t leave much of an impression even if they were noteworthy. Appetizers are much more interesting, albeit fairly standard: Chicken Yakitori, Egg Roll, Fried Calamari, Vegetable Tempura, Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura Aged Tofu, Edamame and Gyoza.  The vegetable tempura is excellent, each succulent vegetable crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked inside.

The menu offers sushi, sashimi and a variety of maki rolls, but it’s an illuminated hand-scrawled menu by the sushi bar where you’ll find chef Yun’s most creative work.  This includes the aptly named Burrito Roll: spicy baby lobster, avocado and Kanpyo (gourd strips) encased in a warm egg roll skin and served with Sriracha, a semi-sweet and piquant Japanese chili sauce made from sun-ripened chilies.  The impression of “burrito” is more visual than it is from a taste perspective though the Sriracha does bear a resemblance to some New Mexican salsas.  The burrito roll is quite good.

A boatload of sushi rolls

The Amigo Roll is another unique offering on the non-traditional menu, a beauteous maki roll made with tuna, salmon, red snapper, crab and roasted green chile.  The green chile is more piquant than the green chile offered at many New Mexican restaurants.  The uniquely named Yummy Crunch is even more unconventional.  It starts with a Japanese “nacho,” a single “chip” topped with tuna, salmon, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese and a “special” sauce.  It’s as much fun to look at as it is to eat.  Then there’s the “football,” spicy scallops inside a sweet fried tofu skin.  

There are a number of more traditional maki rolls on the menu and for purists who dismiss roll-style sushi as a flight of fancy, the nigiri-style sushi (particularly the mackerel, unagi (eel) and tuna) is fresh and delicious.  In the hands of a true master sushi chef, you don’t have to be a white person to love I Love Sushi.  It’s one of the Duke City’s best for sushi.

I Love Sushi
6001 San Mateo, Suite F-4
Albuquerque, NM
505-883-3618
Web Site

LATEST VISIT: 29 October 2011
# OF VISITS: 3
RATING: 19
COST: $$ – $$$
BEST BET: Burrito, Tuna Tempura Roll, Spider Roll, New Mexico Roll, Amigo Roll, Yummy Crunch, Salmon Tempura Roll,  Football, Mackerel, Unagi, Tuna

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Ezra’s Place – Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico (CLOSED)

Ezra’s Place, the second restaurant launched by extraordinary chef Dennis Apodaca

When it comes to food, most bowling alleys strike out.  Ardent keglers are subjected to such catastrophic “cuisine” as perpetually rotating hot dogs seared to a leathery sheen under a heat lamp inferno, soppy messes of nachos bathed in gloppy processed cheese topped with gelatinous jalapeños and greasy onion rings with the texture of fried rubber bands and as oily as well-slicked lanes.  Getting something edible at most bowling alleys is as tough as picking up a seven-ten split.

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque has somehow managed to buck the national trend of bad bowling alley food–or at least the Lucky 66 Bowling Alley on Fourth Street has.  The Lucky 66 (then known as Sun Valley Bowl) was once the home of Sadie’s Dining Room, one of the Duke City area’s most popular dining destinations.  After Sadie’s split for more commodious confines, Dean’s Mexican Food moved in and fed Duke City bowlers and diners in the know for a few years.  When Dean’s departed, other victual vendors tried, but couldn’t pin down the secrets to success in serving food at a bowling alley

The interior of Ezra’s Place, hardly your typical bowling alley restaurant

Visitors to the historical Fourth Street bowling alley will notice colorful signage on the exterior north-facing wall of the yawning complex and might initially attribute it to some of the city’s very creative taggers, but it’s not some gang named Ezra’s staking its territory with graffiti that’s at work here.  Ezra’s Place is the second Fourth Street restaurant venture of the phenomenal chef Dennis Apodaca, braintrust behind Sophia’s Place, one of the city’s very best restaurants.

Ezra’s Place is named for Dennis’s son, a well-mannered teenager who helps out on weekends.  Sophia’s Place is named for Dennis’s daughter so if the naming conventions formula holds true, he probably won’t open another restaurant since he’s only got two children (and a lovely step-daughter who also helps out at both restaurants).

Salsa, chips and guacamole at Ezra's

Salsa, chips and guacamole at Ezra’s

Ezra’s Place is antithetical to Sophia’s in terms of seating capacity.  While Sophia’s is tiny and crowded, Ezra’s is capacious.  Ezra’s Place launched in late September, 2008, but the word got out quickly and it wasn’t long before Dennis’s dining disciples made the pilgrimage almost directly across the street from Sophia’s.

It’s not only the seating area that’s capacious.  The kitchen at Ezra’s dwarfs the confining kitchen at Sophia’s (although as Guy Fieri said, “little place, huge flavors.”)  As a result, Dennis has been able to expand his menu and feature even more of the creative and funky, New Mexican influenced dishes that have garnered him acclaim as an Über chef.  He’s also been able to expand hours of operation and serve dinner five nights a week.  Ezra’s Place is open from 11AM to 9PM Tuesday through Saturday and from 9AM to 2PM on Sundays.

Chiliquiles with red chili-roasted tomato sauce and black beans with bacon

As at Sophia’s, the ambiance at Ezra’s is colorful and interesting.  Unframed and very colorful paintings festoon the walls.  Most, particularly those of anthropomorphic dogs will have you do a double-take in an appreciative sort of way.  The restaurant is situated on a second level of the brightly illuminated bowling alley, but the sound of pins crashing down is muffled by distance.  What you’re more likely to hear are compliments to the chef and utterances of sheer enjoyment.

The Saturday and Sunday brunch is like a “best of” from among some of the wonderful specials with which Dennis tantalized taste buds at Sophia’s.  There are only about a dozen standard items on the brunch menu plus the special (in every sense of the word) pancakes and scrawled on a slate board near the entrance are brunch specials, some of which I don’t recall ever seeing at Sophia’s.

Sour cream and lemon pancakes

Because brunch means breakfast and lunch, you can also order from the expansive lunch menu, adding another dozen or so options from which to choose.  We had the pleasure of sharing our inaugural brunch at Ezra’s Place with Sandy Driscoll, our friend from Los Angeles.  Brunch is best with friends like Sandy who have sophisticated palates and a great sense of adventure–friends from whose plates you can sample, friends who won’t order the same thing you do.  It allows for trying more of the menu and comparing notes on what’s good and what’s not as good.

We didn’t find anything at Ezra’s for which the adjective “good” would suffice. Everything started at “great” and got better from there. Greatness would certainly be ascribed to the fried calamari with the house dipping sauces.  Each whisper-thin, batter-coated ringlet is surprisingly fresh with the perfect texture that’s neither too chewy or too crispy, but a balanced medium.  Two sauces accompany the calamari.  The first is a Balsamic reduction with equal pronouncements of sweet and tangy.  This one is so good that I tried it with pancakes and it passed muster.  The second is a jalapeño Ranch dressing.  This one has a piquant bite to it, but also a hint of dill.  No doubt Dennis made these dipping sauces from scratch as he’s apt to do with most things on the menu.

Two fried eggs over medium, pork chop topped with green chile, refried black beans, papitas and a tortilla

In New Mexico, chips, salsa and guacamole are the three amigos people most want on their dinner tables.  The chips are homemade and served warm.  They’re also thin and low in salt, a healthful, delicious combination.  Neither of the salsas–a roasted tomato and chipotle salsa and a salsa fresca akin to a pico de gallo–are particularly piquant, but both are very flavorful and tend to complement rather than dominate the flavors of anything to which they are added.

The special pancakes of the day is a brunch tradition at Sophia’s Place and it continues at Ezra’s.  With any luck, you’ll visit Ezra’s when the featured pancakes are the ricotta and lemon pancakes with a piñon butter topped with fresh berries.  The tartness of the berries and lemon create a palate pleasing harmony with the maple syrup (yes, the real stuff). The sour cream changes the texture of standard pancakes by adding moistness while retaining the fluffiness inherent in great pancakes.

Chiles Rellenos

Chiles Rellenos

Some of the aforementioned specials which sometimes graced Sophia’s menu are standard offerings at Sophia’s.  One such special at Sophia’s but standard at Ezra’s are the chiliquiles with red chili-roasted tomato sauce served with black beans and two long strips of crispy bacon.  Chiliquiles are an interesting dish, seldom prepared the same way by different cooks.  Dennis’s rendition holds true to some of the dishes traditional aspects, but being the maverick (eat your heart out John McCain) he is, he also imparts his own creative flair into what is otherwise a simple dish.

The basis of chiliquiles are soft tortillas on top of which eggs (any style) are added.  In Dennis’s version, the chili-roasted tomato sauce is actually layered below the eggs which are topped with queso fresco.  This dish truly brings with it an explosion of flavors, textures and contrasts–the medium piquancy of delicious red chile, the acidity and tanginess of a homemade tomato sauce and so much more.  It is a very enjoyable entree.

Two shrimp tacos (Santa Barbara shrimp) with a guacamole salsa, refried black beans and a greens salad

A chile relleno trio sure to tantalize your taste buds starts with chilaca chiles, a mild to medium-hot chile with a rich flavor.  Fully mature the chilaca chiles have a dark greenish or maybe even dark brown appearance.  When dried, these chiles take on a dark, wrinkled skin and are known as pasilla chiles.  What Dennis does with the chilaca chiles is akin to culinary wizardry, stuffing them three ways.  One is stuffed with black beans refried in duck confit (a flavor escalation that places the beans in rarified company as some of the very best I’ve ever had).  One is stuffed with tomatillo and one with a roasted tomato and red chile sauce.  All three are topped with goat cheese and Asadero cheese then drizzled with a creme fraiche.

From the lunch side of the menu, you might want to try the Poblano chili relleno with calabasitas, Asadero cheese and tomatillo sauce.  The poblano has slightly more piquancy than a bell pepper, but when roasted properly imbues the qualities of freshness and fruitiness to an entree.  This is a poblano on steroids, a corpulent pepper engorged with fresh calabasitas and Asadero cheese.  The tomatillo sauce is a Dennis Apodaca specialty, one which he demonstrated for host Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Wagyu Beef Burger with Grilled Onions and Blue Cheese accompanied by Ezra’s famous shoestring fries

The tomatillos are grilled and blackened while Dennis prepares the foundation for the sauce (onion, garlic, chipotle adobo and pure honey).  He then adds the tomatillos to the mix and allows them to simmer for a few minutes before blending the entire amalgam then reducing it.  This is a spectacular sauce with a lot going on.

One of the seemingly de rigueur offerings at many inventive Southwestern restaurants in New Mexico is duck quesadillas,  a very good idea not always executed well.  For me, the standard has always been the Coyote Rooftop Grill in Santa Fe.  It shouldn’t surprise me that Dennis does them better.  The duck is as tender as a bird’s heart with none of the gaminess and fattiness of duck at the hands of chefs who don’t have Dennis’s skills.  He’s generous with the duck to which he applies a sweet-savory barbecue sauce wholly unlike the vinegar-tomato sauce you’ll find at barbecue restaurants.  The tortillas are browned to a nice crispness and have the brown spot appearance of a pinto pony.

Duck Quesadillas

Duck Quesadillas

Served with the quesadillas is a fresh salad, a hallmark of Dennis’s restaurants.  Ezra’s  salads are always crafted with fresh, crisp greens and a subtle dressing that marries well with the greens so that their flavor is what you get with every forkful, not some sweet or tart flavor suppressor.  The quesadillas also include a fresh pico de gallo and some of the very best guacamole in America.  The guacamole has a nice lime and cilantro infusion to complement the buttery richness of fresh, creamy avocado.

Sophia’s was home to my favorite pastrami sandwich in Albuquerque.  Ezra’s one-ups Sophia’s with a grilled Ezra pastrami sandwich. Lightly toasted Sage Bakehouse sourdough bread is the canvass on which sauerkraut, pastrami and homemade Thousand Island dressing imprint their deliciousness.  Rather than masking the flavor of sauerkraut as some restaurants do by sweetening it or saucing it highly, Dennis allows the sauerkraut to be sour–not lip-pursing sour, but with a definite tang.  The Thousand Island dressing is thick, rich and somewhere between sweet and sour.  This sandwich is served with a mountain of Ezra’s fries, julienne fries that are one of the restaurant’s most popular draws.  In its annual Food & Wine issue for 2012, Albuquerque The Magazine awarded Ezra’s a Hot Plate Award signifying the selection of its julienne fries  as one of the “most interesting, special and tasty dishes around.”  Considering the thousands of potential selections, to be singled out is quite an honor.

Grilled Ezra Pastrami Sandwich with Ezra Fries

Grilled Ezra Pastrami Sandwich with Ezra Fries

On October 23rd, 2011, the New York Times travel section celebrated “36 hours in Albuquerque.”  The article was perhaps a revelation to residents of Metropolis who may not be cognizant of all there is to see and do…and eat in the Duke City.  Likening the “lush farmland” “along the banks of the Rio Grande” to a “quiet oasis,” the Times indicated those farmlands provision the city’s “vibrant organic movement” with “heirloom beans, corn and more.”  The Magazine praised the “bowling alley location, farm to table produce and a chef-owner with Chez Panisse credentials” at Ezra’s as adding “up  to hipster overload” anywhere but Albuquerque.

The aforementioned Sophia’s is one of a handful of restaurants in Albuquerque I believe can compete in larger, more culinarily sophisticated markets.  Ezra’s, if possible, could be even better.  That’s because Dennis Apodaca now has a bigger canvas for his art, a more expansive venue in which to display his vast talents.

Ezra’s Place
6132 Fourth, N.W.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
 LATEST VISIT: 12 July 2012
1ST VISIT: 23 November 2008
# OF VISITS:
7
RATING
: 25
COST
:  $$
BEST BET:
Poblano Chili Relleno, Breakfast Burrito, Breakfast Sandwich, Fried Calamari, Ezra Pastrami Sandwich, Ezra Fries, Chile Rellenos Three Ways, Chips and Salsa, Guacamole, Pork Chops and Eggs, Shrimp Enchiladas

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JR’s Bar-B-Que – Albuquerque, New Mexico

JR's Bar-B-Que on Gibson just outside the gates to Kirtland AFB

Ryan Scott, the affable host of the enlightening and entertaining Break the Chain radio program has rapidly become the voice for Albuquerque’s mom-and-pop restaurants.  When it comes to celebrating the Duke City’s independent eateries, he’s like E.F. Hutton in that when he speaks, people listen…literally.  The Break the Chain Web site receives more than 10,000 visits per week, many visitors stopping by to catch up on programs they may have missed or more likely, listening to those they enjoyed most a second (or tenth) time.

While Ryan is unabashed in his promotion of New Mexico’s non-chain restaurants, he will admit to being a snob about only one type of food.  That’s barbecue.  Ryan won’t hesitate to tell you he hasn’t found barbecue greatness anywhere in New Mexico.  He’s found good barbecue (his favorite being Josh’s in Santa Fe), but he’ll tell you if you want great barbecue, you’ve got to visit our neighbor to the east.  He should know.  His beautiful better half Kimber is from the Houston area where Ryan lived for a few years.

The interior of JR's Bar-B-Que

Ryan has major street cred when it comes to barbecue.  He smokes his own meats at home–as in low and slow over fruit woods, not  the quick grilling we amateurs do.  He’s made pilgrimages to the holy grail of Texas barbecue–Lockhart, the barbecue capital of Texas and home to Kreuz Market, Smitty’s Market and Black’s Barbecue, the tastiest triumvirate in the Lone Star State.  He’s even visited Snow’s Barbecue which Texas Monthly Magazine rated as having the best barbecue in Texas, an honor as sacrosanct in Texas as having the best green chile cheeseburger is in New Mexico.  Barbecue sauce flows in his veins though he’ll tell you great barbecue needs no sauce.

Many of New Mexico’s barbecue restaurateurs actually had their start in the Texas of Ryan’s barbecue dreams.  Lubbock is where Gary West of Rio Rancho’s Smokehouse Barbecue Restaurant cut his teeth.  Daniel “Pepper” Morgan of Pepper’s Ole’ Fashion BBQ smoked meats in the Dallas area before moving to Albuquerque.  Pete Powdrell moved his entire family from Texas to open the historical Mr. Powdrell’s Barbecue House in Albuquerque.  Neil Nobles owned and operated two very highly regarded barbecue restaurants in Texas before opening Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers in Embudo.  The County Line Restaurant was founded in Austin while the first Rudy’s Country Store & Barbecue first launched outside of San Antonio.   Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a Dallas chain didn’t survive long in the Duke City.

JR's bread rolls

Then there’s JR’s Bar-B-Que in Albuquerque which got its start in Houston where the Rogers family launched a number of successful barbecue restaurants.  In the late 1980s, Howard and Julie Rogers brought the family recipes and traditions to Albuquerque where they launched restaurants throughout the Duke City and even into Rio Rancho.  Today only one JR’s remains.  Fittingly it’s located just outside the Louisiana gate to Kirtland Air Force Base. It’s fitting because barbecue is as American as baseball, apple pie and patriotism.

There  aren’t many restaurants in New Mexico as patriotic as JR’s Bar-B-Que where tribute after tribute to the veterans of America’s armed services are proudly displayed.  So are the stars and stripes.  It’s no wonder the restaurant is frequented by men and women in uniform.  They feel right at home among the framed posters and photographs you almost have to be a military veteran or family member to fully understand and appreciate.  It’s not only military personnel who will appreciate JR’s which is a popular favorite to barbecue aficionados throughout the area.

JR's unique onion rings

Barbecue options include beef brisket, pork ribs, sausage, turkey, ham and chicken all cooked over a mesquite pit for sixteen hours.  The sauce is simmered for six to seven hours. Barbecue figures prominently on the appetizer menu where nachos are made with chopped brisket.  A barbecue burrito deluxe is made with barbecue beef, beans, cheese, sauce and lettuce with sour cream or green chile on request.  Your best bet is a barbecue plate, either the Sunwest Special (one barbecue meat and two sides), the Kirtland Combo (your choice of two barbecue meats and two sides) or if you’re really hungry, the Gibson Trio (choice of three barbecue meats and two sides).

There’s more to barbecue to like at JR’s whose full appellation includes “seafood, too!” The seafood includes Mississippi hand-breaded catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters and clams.  The menu also offers three burger choices, a super stuffed spud (butter, cheese, sour cream and chopped beef), a chef’s salad, green chile chicken stew, chicken fried steak and a combo dinner that lets you have one seafood item and one barbecue meat.  Even vegetarians will find something on the menu they can have though vegetarian options are greatly outnumbered by carne.

The "Gibson" Platter Features Three Meats and Two Sides: Turkey, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Okra and Green Beans

As you peruse the menu, a tasty trio of yeasty, muffin-shaped rolls are brought to your table along with those annoying, hard to open plastic tubs of butter.  The rolls are soft and have a slightly golden sheen. The homemade onion rings are a unique must-have item.  What makes them special is the crispy coating which made me think panko (Japanese bread crumbs) because of their gritty texture.  More than likely, the crispy coating is resultant from a double-frying technique.  In any event, the barbecue chef wouldn’t share the secret to these terrific rings.  The crispy coating sheathes wonderfully sweet onions in perfect ringlets served with creamy ranch dressing. 

The Gibson platter (three meats and two sides) is brimming with meats slathered with barbecue sauce unless otherwise requested.  Despite the long simmering process, the sauce is fairly unremarkable as if it’s trying to determine what its personality should be.  It’s a little bit sweet, slightly tangy, somewhat savory and just a tad piquant, but none of those qualities really stand out.  The meats would be much better sans sauce, especially the turkey which has a faint, but discernible smokiness.  The pulled pork and brisket are similarly overwhelmed by the sauce.

Combination Plate: Fried Oysters, Pork Ribs, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Beans

The pork ribs have a thick bark permeated with remnants of the somewhat salty rub applied to the ribs. Peel back the bark and you’ll find plenty of moist, tender meat in these pig ribs. A side of sauce accompanies the ribs, but the sauce is wholly unnecessary.  Fried oysters are a perfect counterpoint to the ribs.  Beneath the lightly crunchy breading is a gooey, not at all briny uniquely flavored oyster innards.  Having lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for eight years, it would be so easy to complain that these oysters weren’t just off-the-boat fresh, but the truth is, they were pretty good for being offered in land-locked New Mexico.

Sides–and there are a lot of them–include green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, fried okra, corn on the cob and beans.  The beans are of the barbecued (meaning just a bit of Southern seasoning) pinto variety, not the conventional molasses-based baked beans many barbecue restaurants tend to offer.  The fried okra, a southern favorite with barbecue, is lightly breaded but just a bit mushy.

Whether or not JR’s Bar-B-Que is yet another in a long line of good barbecue restaurants in New Mexico or a great, Texas quality barbecue restaurant is a matter of personal taste and preference.  Both my visits have been hit and miss with some items (that turkey is terrific) being quite memorable while others are only so-so.  Still, it’s a good option for communing with great American patriots eating an All American food favorite.

JR’s Bar-B-Que
6501 Gibson, S.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Web Site
LATEST VISIT: 22 October 2011
# OF VISITS: 2
RATING: 16
BEST BET: Barbecue Turkey, Fried Oysters

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