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Albuquerque Restaurant Index

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African (2)Safari Grill | Talking Drums

American (43): 66 Diner | 300 Club Bar & Grill |ABQ Brew Pub   | Bosque Brewing Company | Cafe Bleu | Cafe Lush |Chama River Brewing Company  |  Christy Mae’s Restaurant | Cool Water Fusion Restaurant  |Cracker Barrel  | The Daily Grind | Delish | Doc & Eddy’s The Flying Star | Fox & Hound Smokehouse & Tavern | The Frontier Restaurant | Gecko’s Bar & Tapas | Gold Street Caffe | The Grove Cafe & Market | Hannah & Nate’s | Hartford Square | Ironwood Kitchen JB’s Restaurant  | Jimmy’s Cafe | Kelly’s Brew Pub | K&I Diner | Lindy’s | Marble Brewery  | Milton’s Cafe | Model Pharmacy | Murphy’s Mule Barn | Nexus Brewery | Nob Hill Bar & Grill | Slate Street Cafe | SOPHIA’S PLACE | Standard Diner | St Clair Winery & Bistro | Stone Face Tavern | The Stumbling Steer | Tim’s Place | Vic’s Daily Cafe | Vick’s Vittles Country Kitchen | Weekdays Restaurant | Western View Diner & Steakhouse |

Announcements (13)2011: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food | 2010: The Year In Food  | 2012: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food | Break the Chain | New Mexico Magazine Presents the Land of Enchantment’s Best Eats for 2010 | New Mexico Magazine Presents the Land of Enchantment’s Best Eats for 2011 | Cecilia’s Cafe Featured on Travel Channel’s Chow Down Countdown | Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog: 5000 Comments and Counting | Gil’s Thrilling Blog Marks One Year Anniversary| Introducing the New Mexico Culinary Treasures Trail | Introducing the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail for 2009 | Introducing the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail for 2011 | Mary & Tito’s Recognized As An American ClassicLet Us Eat SoupWelcome to Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog | Meet Andrea Feucht: Author of The Food Lovers’ Guide |

Asian (8): Asian Grill |Asian Noodle Bar | Boba Tea Company  | Mekong Ramen House | Plum Cafe Asian Grill | Sakura Sushi | Sengdao Bar-B-Q Asian Cuisine | Street Food Asia |

Bakery (3): |Golden Crown Panaderia | Great Harvest Bread Company | | Panaderia El Dorado |

Barbecue (8): The County Line | The Cube | Dudley’s Barbecue  | JR’s Bar-B-Que | Marley’s Central Texas BBQ | Mr. Powdrell’s Barbecue House   | Pepper’s Ole’ Fashion BBQQuarters | Rudy’s Country Store & Barbecue |

Brazilian (1)Tucanos Brazilian Grill |

Burgers (19): B2B Bistronomy | Blake’s Lotaburger | Bob’s Burgers  | Five Star Burgers |Flamez Burgers & More | Fuddrucker’s | The Grill | Griff’s | Holy Cow | Home of the Laguna Burger | Kathy’s| Little Red Hamburger HutLucky Boy | Lumpy’s BurgersThe Owl Cafe | Papaburgers  | Rex’s Hamburgers / Bubsters | Route 66 Malt Shop | Spinn’s Burger & Beer |

Chicken (6): El Chicken 100% Carbon | El Pollo Picante | Golden Pride Chicken  | Popeye’s Chicken & Bisquits | Rincon Del Pollo Wing Stop |

Chinese (13): ABC Chinese Restaurant | Amerasia & Sumo Sushi | Best Lee’s Gourmet Asian Food | BUDAI GOURMET CHINESE | China Best |China Luck | Chin Shan Chinese Restaurant | Chopstix | Chow’s Asian Bistro | Great Fortune Chinese Restaurant |Hua Chang | Ming Dynasty | Yummi House |

Chocolate (2): Chocolate Cartel| Theobroma Chocolatier

Cupcakes (1): Cake Fetish

Donuts (2): Duke City Donuts |Rebel Donut

Fine Dining (09): The Artichoke Cafe| Bouche | Farm & Table | JENNIFER JAMES 101 |  Nick & Jimmy’s | Savoy Bar & GrillSeasons Rotisserie & Grill  | Vintage 423 | Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro |

French (6): Cafe Jean Pierre | Chez Axel  | La Brasserie Provence |La Crêpe Michel | La Quiche Parisienne Bistro | P’Tit Louis Bistro |

Frozen Custard (1): Chillz Frozen Custard

German (1): Heimat House & Beer Garden

Greek (4)Gyros Mediterranean Olympia Cafe Yanni’s Mediterranean |Zorba’s Fine Greek Cuisine |

Ice Cream (1): Ben & Jerry’s |

Indian (2):  | Saffron Tiger Express Taj Palace |

Irish (2):  O’Niell’s Irish Pub | Two Fools Tavern |

Italian (13): Bistro Piattini  | Bravo! Cucina Italiana | Bricklight Dive | Caruso’s Italian Restaurant |Fratelli Bistro | Limonata Trattoria | Mario’s Pizza & Ristorante | Mimmo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria| M’Tucci’s Kitchina | Paisano’s  | Scalo | TORINOS @ HOME | Trombino’s Bistro Italiano

Italian Ice (1): Itsa Italian Ice

Japanese (15): Azuma Sushi & Teppan | Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant | Ichiban | I Love Sushi | Japanese Kitchen Sushi Bar | Kokoro Japanese Restaurant | Mr. Tokyo | O Ramen | Sakura Sushi & GrillShogun Japanese Restaurant | Sushi & Sake | Sushi Gen |Sushi King | Sushi Xuan | Sushiya Asian Fusion Cuisine

Jewish (1):  Nosh Jewish Delicatessen & Bakery

Korean (3): Arirang Oriental Market | Fu Yuang | Korean Barbecue House |

Latin (3): La Fonda Del BosquePasion Latin Fusion |  Guava Tree Cafe |

Mediterranean (5): Anatolia Doner Kebab House | Cafe Istanbul |Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery | San Pedro Middle East Restaurant | Yasmine’s Cafe |

Mexican (25) |Bandido Hideout | Chicharonneria Orozco | Chile Rio Mexican Grill | Delicias Cafe  | El Taco Tote |El Modelo | El Norteno | El Sabor De Juarez | El Sarape | El Zarandeado | Fiesta FlavorsGarduno’s of Mexico |La FamiliarLindo Mexico |Los Compadres Restaurant | Los Equipales  | Mariscos Alatamar   | Panchito’s Restaurant & Bakery | Papa Nacho’s | Ruben’s Grill | Sandiago’s Mexican Grill | Taco Cabana | Tacos Mex Y Mariscos | Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila |

Moroccan (1):  Kasbah Restaurant

Native American (1): The Pueblo Harvest Cafe

Nepalese (1): Taste of Himalayas

New Mexican (43): | Albuquerque Tortilla Company Family Restaurant & Take Out | Barelas Coffee House |  Burritos Alinstante | The Burrito Lady | Casa De Benavidez | Cecilia’s Cafe | Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge | Cocina Azul | Duran’s Central Pharmacy | El Bruno’s Restaurante Y Cantina | El Camino Dining Room | El Charritos | El Patio | El Patron | El Pinto | The Original Garcia’s   | La Placita Dining Rooms | La Salita | Leroy’s New Mexican Restaurant |Lollie’s New Mexican Food Los Cuates | Loyola’s Family Restaurant | Mac’s La Sierra Coffee Shop | MARY & TITO’S CAFE |Mick’s Chile Fix | Monroe’s | New Mexico Beef Jerky Company | Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen | Papa Felipe’s New Mexican Restaurant | Patricia’s Cafe | Perea’s New Mexican Restaurant  | Quesadilla Grille | Red Ball CafeRichard’s Mexican Food | Sadie’s Dining Room | Sandia Chile Grill | Santiago’s New Mexican Grill | Serafin’s Chile Hut  | Taco Sal | Taco Shel | Tia Betty Blue’s | Twisters Burgers & Burritos| ZS&T’s Great Grub |

Persian (1): Pars Cuisine

Peruvian (3): | Pollito Con Papas | Sara’s Pastries & Deli

Pizza (24): Amadeo’s Pizza & Subs | Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria | Brickyard Pizza |DaVinci’s Gourmet Pizza | Dion’s Pizza |Farina Alto Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Farina Pizzeria | Firenze Pizzeria |Fox’s Pizza Den | Gioco | Giovanni’s Pizza & Subs | Il Vicino | JC’s New York Pizza DepartmentJ.J.’s Pizza | Nicky V’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & PatioOld Town Pizza ParlorPizza 9 Pizza Castle | Pizzeria Luca | Saggio’s | Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza |Straight Up PizzaTomato Cafe | Wise Pies Pizza |

Popcorn (1): Walker’s Popcorn Company

Salad (1): Sweet Tomatoes | Vinaigrette

Salvadoran (1): Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreno

Sandwich (15): Adieux Cafe | Al’s Big Dipper | Bocadillos Slow Roasted: A Sandwich Shop | California Pastrami & More  | DG’s Deli | The Dog House Drive In | Oak Tree Cafe | Prime | Quizno’s | Relish | Roma Bakery & Deli  | Times Square Deli Mart | Tully’s Italian Deli & Meats | Urban Hotdog CompanyThe Yeller Sub |

Seafood (1): Down N Dirty Seafood Boil  | Pelican’s Restaurant |

Spanish (1):  | Mas Tapas Y Vino |

Steak (8): The Cooperage | High Noon Restaurant & Saloon | Marcello’s Chophouse | Monte Carlo Steakhouse | Paul’s Monterrey Inn | Rancher’s Club of New Mexico | The Town House Restaurant | Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse |

Thai (8): Jasmine Thai & Sushi House | Krung Thai | Orchid Thai Cuisine Siam Cafe |Tara Thai Cuisine | Thai Cuisine | Thai Kitchen | Thai Tip |

Vegan (2): Annapurna Ayuredic Cuisine | Thai Vegan |

Vietnamese (19): 2000 Vietnam Restaurant | Banh Mi Coda | Basil Leaf | CAFE DALAT | Cafe Trang |Huong Thao | Kim Long Asian Cuisine | May Cafe | May Hong  | Pho #1 | Pho Hoa | Pho Linh | Pho 79 | Saigon Far East | SaiGon Restaurant | Sai Gon Sandwich | Viet Noodle | Viet Q | Viet Taste |

  • Gary Priester says:

    A friend from out of town turned us on to your website.

    Bravo.

    My wife and I moved here (Placitas) from the bay area in 2000. We love New Mexico but have always missed the culinary abundance of San Francisco.

    Your reviews are informative and thoughtful.

    Thank you so much for your time and effort.

    Gary Priester
    Mary Carter
    Placitas

    December 25, 2008 at 2:47 PM
  • Gary Priester says:

    Would anybody else kill for a really great and authentic Jewish deli?

    December 28, 2008 at 5:09 PM
  • Roy H. says:

    Silly little nit to pick, but when you said “Restaurants rated “25″ or higher are noted in capital letters” I believe you meant bold rather than capital.

    Thanks for an interesting site!

    RH in CT

    January 20, 2009 at 10:09 PM
  • Roy H. says:

    And I was wrong, now I see what you meant. My apologies.

    January 20, 2009 at 10:10 PM
  • miss j says:

    any chance you’ll post a “breakfast” category? some of us like to eat before brunch time. :0)

    February 6, 2009 at 4:12 PM
  • Caren says:

    Hi Gil —
    I used to live in Albuquerque (early to mid 1990s), and there was a good Indian restaurant in the NE Heights called India Kitchen, owned by a charming and kind couple. He cooked, and she was the hostess. Is it still there? Is it owned by the same folks? Is it still good?
    Thanks for your good work!

    February 17, 2009 at 8:22 PM
  • Rachel says:

    I do not know if you have ever been to Jennifer James 101 but you should go there and add it to you site. It is one of the best places that I have eaten at here in ABQ other than the grove ant the artichoke cafe. It is a must try. The pulled pork and the “special” salad is to die for. All the food is amazing

    February 19, 2009 at 5:47 PM
  • alaura says:

    India Kitchen is still there and it was still good a month ago, my last visit. Have you ever tried Johndhi’s BBQ? It used to be called Geezambonis; and has been owned by the same guy who is the son of Quarter’s. Their patio is about to open since it is warming up. It is a north valley gem.

    February 28, 2009 at 8:05 PM
  • Lisa says:

    We will be visiting New Mexico for the first time in April and happily discovered this fantastic blog! After reading your reviews, we plan on visiting Mary & Tito’s, Duran’s, and Rt. 66 diner or Dog House Drive-in while in ABQ. Also plan to stop at El Bruno on our way back from Chaco Canyon. The Frontier is close to UNM (where the GON Powwow is held) and we just might go for the experience of having the cinnamon roll the size of a plate.

    Do you have any suggestions for lunch after a morning hike at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument? We are expecting to go from Tent Rocks to either Los Alamos area or Bandelier National Park– plans are still forming. We also plan to be in Santa Fe later that day (by 6:00pm) and will be eating a late dinner, splurging on a more upscale dining experience.

    Thanks in advance,
    Lisa

    PS If you are ever in Virginia Beach, Va. you have to try Laverne’s Seafood, Doumar’s Drive In, and Tautogs.

    March 29, 2009 at 3:58 PM
  • Sandra Perra says:

    My daughter and I visited your restaurant on Monday night and was very disappointed. My meal was floating in grease and my daughter ordered stuffed sopillias. The sopillias was not stuffed it was sauggy flour mass on top of a small amount of ground beef and her whole plate had refried all over it. The beans taste like they were from the can and the rice had so much chile we couldn’t eat it. You should top working on presentation and work on the quality of the food and the taste. Your prices are too high for what you serve. I know you are new in town however I would never recomment you to anyone. You should give Chef Ramsey a call….

    June 4, 2009 at 2:53 PM
  • Lee says:

    Gil,

    Thank you for such a great web site! I frequently use your web site in determining where to eat for lunch. Keep up the great work! One suggestion I have is to try the Thai House near UNM. I personally feel it has much better food than Siam Cafe and it costs less.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM
  • Tim says:

    We dined at Cervantes two nights ago, after having not been there in many many years (no particular reason we hadn’t been there in so long, it just sort of dropped off our radar for some reason), so we weren’t sure what to expect. The experience was terrific, pretty much just as described above. The red chile was some of the best I’ve had, perfect heat, very flavorful, and beautiful color. The service was excellent too. I don’t think we’ve ever been served food that quickly after our order was taken at any other sit-down place. Almost too fast! It was great to “rediscover” this place and it definitely won’t be years before our nest visit.

    February 13, 2011 at 7:36 AM
  • Vanessa says:

    Hello. As a foodie and a New Mexican, I love following your blog. The only thing I don’t understand is how you do not have a recent visit to Casa Vieja in Corrales? The current Chef, Josh Gerwin, won Best Chef in ABQ The Magazine for the past 2 years. It’s a really unique and delicious place. I don’t know why you haven’t stopped by for a review? I’m sure many others would love for you to go check it out and report back! Hope to see it on here soon. Thanks!

    April 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Hello Vanessa

      Thank you so much for the kind words about my blog. A visit to Casa Vieja is in the cards and very shortly.

      Gil

      April 9, 2011 at 7:39 PM
  • R says:

    I was just wondering why you have not done a review on the Original Red Ball Cafe on Fourth Street in Albuquerque. It is such a wonderful restaurant in SO MANY ways. Food is awesome, good ole’ home cooking just like mama/grandma’s. And the owners are are really great people with great staff who have been there through it all.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      I’ve got a list of several hundred restaurants throughout the Land of Enchantment to review, most of which are someone’s favorite. I try to review four new restaurants every month and tend to prioritize restaurants which are heartily endorsed and recommended by my readers. The Red Ball Cafe just climbed on my list thanks to your enthusiasm for it.

      May 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM
  • Bruce says:

    The Red Ball Cafe is a treat and a treasure!
    I’ve wondered why we hadn’t seen a review from you.
    I made this happy discovery 5 years ago when I was short on time couldn’t wait out the noon day crowd at the Barelas Coffee House.
    The number “9” with an Arnold Palmer is great combination and a great value!

    May 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM
  • Kayla says:

    Gary Priester… I would!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM
  • r d thomas says:

    Around middle of August we traveled from North of Dallas area to Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Albuquerque region of beautiful New Mexico to escape the heat. We saw a TV bit about Monte Carlo Steakhouse, otherwise would’nt have known about where the locals dine.(always try to stay away from the chains; we can do those at home) I had the 5pm prime rib :perfect!: my wife ordered the Philly style steak sandwich, which she loved. This retro Greek style “speakeasy” turned out to be the most memorable meal of our 1700 mile 7 day round trip. Superb food, excellent service at reasonable prices. wish it was’nt 600 miles from here.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:15 AM
  • Sr Plata says:

    Chain Alert** Golden Corral closed down on Westside down the hill from Intel. No reason given. I called another location and they didnt know why. Heard some employees were told it was closing and not to come back. Another sad day in the restaurant world in ABQ; perhaps an awesome non-chain will replace it, pass the word.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM
  • Shiraz Mishra says:

    A review on Yanni in ABQ–The Worst Dining Experience!

    Yanni, the restuarant, does not live up to its illustrious name! On July 21, we went for a cosy dinner to the restaurant and were shocked by the callous customer service and unpalatable quality of food. We ordered a lamb shank and a sesame seared ahi tuna. For some inexplicable reason, our main course arrived before we were half-way through our salad and had to be sent back as we did not want flies to sit on our entrees while we finished our salad. Imagine trying to eat your salad and wave away flies swarming to enjoy your food! The server gave us an incredulous look when we requested her to take back our food. When the entree was brought back, the lamb shank was luke warm and the ahi had bits of what seemed like plastic pieces. It turned out that the plastic pieces were indeed seafood, albeit, mussel shell. What in God’s name would mussell shells do in a ahi dish! The Manager was at a loss of words to explain this. When we requested the check, hopefully to pay for just our two glasses of wine, the server gave us a bill for wine AND the lamb shank dish which was returned as it was too cold to be edible! At the end of this horrific experience, the Manager tried to buy our patronage by offering free dessert–we had to remind him that most people enjoy dessert after a meal, which we had not had!
    Never again should patrons put up with such callous treatment, especially when a restaurant charges exorbitant prices for mediocre service and food.

    July 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM
  • Bruce says:

    Gil,
    Any plans to review the Egg and I soon? It looks like they have a pretty extensive breakfast menu. I just drove past and noticed them today and will try them out myself next week.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:17 PM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Hi Bruce

      Although one should never say never, I don’t plan on reviewing the Egg & I, a chain restaurant with locations in fifteen states now. My loyalty remains with the independent mom-and-pop restaurants, especially those which spell “chile” correctly and procure it in-state. The Egg & I’s menu uses “chili” and “chile” interchangeably. For all we know, they might get their chili-chile in New York City.

      Gil

      August 25, 2012 at 8:14 PM
      • Good thing you have not tried the Egg & I says:

        Good call on not reviewing the Egg & I. My wife and I foolishly went back in August. She was reluctant to go, but I (being the egg lover I am) was very excited to try it.

        Perhaps I expected too much. The service was horrible. It was pretty busy, but at the end of the day, it’s just eggs. I should not have to wait 25 minutes for Eggs Benedict and a scrambled egg plate. The food was average at best. Potatoes were horrible – dry and pretty flavorless, even with the addition of cheese, they just had no oomph.

        Again, I maybe built this place up too much and maybe caught them on a bad day, but with so many other breakfast/brunch places to choose from, why would I go back?

        Hope others have a more enjoyable experience.

        November 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM
  • Caroline Jones says:

    Just wanted to drop a quick note about Calientes New Mexican Food (Juan Tabo between Menaul & Ind School in the Bikram Yoga lot)….we have eaten there twice now and find it delicious, classic New Mexican fare. Great homemade salsa, excellent chile rellenos, fab flan (which is getting harder to find in ABQ it seems). If you haven’t been there, I would heartily recommend doing a lunch to try it out — I am worried they do not have enough traffic and would hate to see them fall by the wayside as so many have! Anyhoo….hope you get a chance and that you find it delicious :-)

    March 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM
    • Enon says:

      @Caroline

      Due to your recommendation we went by Calientes only to find it closed. The owner or manager talked with us briefly – Calientes closed last October and he didn’t know if they would reopen or not.

      March 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM
  • ann mcmahon says:

    Hi Gil,
    Have you ever tried Ho Lo Ma Chinese on Menaul, down the street from ABC Chinese?
    thanks,
    Ann

    April 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Hi Ann
      We had a very bad experience at Ho Lo Ma several years ago and haven’t had the motivation to give it a second chance. If you’ve visited recently, I’d love to know what your experience was like.

      Gil

      April 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM
  • Leonard Daneman says:

    Gil, Been following your site for years.
    Now, your restaurant resource blog is linked on the main menu of my new site, taxiabq.com
    Hope to bring you a lot of visitors soon.

    August 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Thank you very much, Leonard. I appreciate your support very much.

      August 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM
  • Susie Queue says:

    Here is a hot ticket! Burger King has BBQ rib sandwitches for $1!!! And there is no bones in it. And they have onions, pickels, and sauce on them. You should try it and write about it.

    I can eat 5 and that gets me full and only costs $5 bucks!

    Suzie

    November 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM
  • Jim Millington says:

    As I have been wont to do lately I got a wild hair and announced that we would head out for Eloy’s because (I searched my Quicken records) I hadn’t been there for twenty years, a full two months before the Child Bride earned the “Bride” part of the name. I used to eat there fairly regularly in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s and I liked it Shortly after they moved to Wyoming/Montgomery Eloy died and I gradually began to enjoy it less. The food became dry and bulky and service came with an “attitude.” The folks at the next table were also there for the first time since they moved into the “new” location. Rosie has retired and I didn’t see her 2nd in command. I actually liked the food again. It was much like I first had in the ’70’s and I gave them an extra 12 points for not having orange cheesy glop. I had the Carne Adovada, pretty good, not as firy as I like but downright incendiary compared to Garcia’s. The aformentioned Bride consumed (part of) a combination plate with the remainder for tomorrow’s breakfast. The most striking thing is how ancient I felt when we left. Two of Elo’s daughters were there along with a granddaughter and a GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER who was not even in infant, but a mid teenager.

    February 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM
  • Bruce says:

    Pleasantly surprised by my first visit to the Stumbling Steer. Excellent burger and very good beer. Had a great starter in the crispy brussel sprouts. I’m not a huge fan but the way these were prepared they were delicious! Very busy on a late Friday afternoon. The staff is still learning, but did a pretty good job. The space while noisy reminded me a bit of the Sierra Nevada brewpub in Chico, CA. They are still working on the brewery section.
    Looking forward to trying more of this menu!

    March 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM
  • Paula Vallejos says:

    Will you be posting a list of restaurants who will be serving on Thanksgiving in and around the Albuquerque area? Thanks!

    November 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

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