Albuquerque Restaurant Index

To visit a restaurant review, simply click on the restaurant name below and you will be magically transported to that review. Restaurants rated “25″ or higher are noted in capital letters.

African (1): |  Talking Drums

American (37): 66 Diner  | Brixens |  Cafe Bleu | Cafe 6855 | Cafe Laurel | Cafe Lush | Central Grill & Coffee House Christy Mae’s Restaurant | Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Cafe | The Daily GrindThe Farmacy | The Flying Star | Fork & Fig | The Frontier Restaurant  | Gold Street Caffe | GroundstoneThe Grove Cafe & Market | Hannah & Nate’s | Hartford Square | Ironwood Kitchen   | Jimmy’s Cafe |   K&I Diner | Lindy’s | Mac’s Steak in the Rough | Mannie’s Family Restaurant  | Millie’s Restaurant | Milton’s Cafe | Model Pharmacy   | Savory Fare Cafe & Bakery | The Seasonal PalateSlate Street Cafe | Standard Diner | The Shop Breakfast And Lunch  | Vic’s Daily Cafe | Vick’s Vittles Country Kitchen | Weekdays Restaurant | Western View Diner & Steakhouse |

Announcements (13): 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  | Fareast Fuzion | Nanami Noodle House | Plum Cafe Asian Grill  |Sakura Sushi | Street Food Asia |

Bakery (5): |Golden Crown Panaderia | Great Harvest Bread Company | | Panaderia El Dorado | Saratori’s Di Tully | Swiss Alps Bakery & Cafe |

Barbecue (6): The County Line  | Mr. Powdrell’s Barbecue House   | Pepper’s Ole’ Fashion BBQQuarters | Rudy’s Country Store & Barbecue | TFK Smokehouse |

Brazilian (1)Tucanos Brazilian Grill |

Brewery-Pub & Grill (16): 300 Club Bar & Grill | ABQ Brew Pub  | B2B Tap RoomBosque Brewing Company | Boxing Bear Brewing Company | Devon’s Pop Smoke Wood Fired Grill | Desert Valley Brewing Co. |  Effingbar & Grill  | Gecko’s Bar & Tapas | Kelly’s Brew Pub  | Marble Brewery | Nexus Brewery | Nob Hill Bar & Grill | Starr Brothers Brewing | St Clair Winery & Bistro | Stone Face Tavern |

Burgers (19): B2B Bistronomy | Blake’s Lotaburger | Bob’s Burgers  | Five Star Burgers |Flamez Burgers & More | Fuddrucker’s | Grassburger | The Grill | Griff’s | Holy Cow | Laguna Burger | Kathy’s| Little Red Hamburger HutLucky Boy  | The Owl Cafe | Papaburgers | Rex’s Hamburgers | Rustic on the Green | Spinn’s Burger & Beer |

Caribbean (1):  A Taste of the Caribbean |

Chicken (5): El Chicken 100% Carbon  | Golden Pride Chicken  | Popeye’s Chicken & Bisquits | Rincon Del Pollo Wing Stop |

Chinese (15): ABC Chinese Restaurant | Amerasia & Sumo Sushi | Best Lee’s Gourmet Asian Food | The Birds Paradise Hot Pot | BUDAI GOURMET CHINESEChina City | China Luck | Chin Shan Chinese Restaurant | ChopstixThe Dragon House | Great Fortune Chinese Restaurant | Ming Dynasty | P.F. Chang’s China Bistro | Pop-Up Dumpling House | Yummi House |

Chocolate (3): Chocolate Cartel| ChocoGlitz & Cream | Theobroma Chocolatier

Colombian (1):  Ajiaco Colombian Bistro 

Continental (1):  Fresh Bistro

Cookies (1): Rude Boy Cookies

Cupcakes (1): Cake Fetish

Donuts (2)Bristol Doughnut Co. |Rebel Donut

Fine Dining (08): The Artichoke CafeElaine’s | Farm & Table |  Nick & Jimmy’s | Savoy Bar & Grill | Seared | Seasons Rotisserie & Grill  | Vintage 423 | Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro |

Food Trucks (Mobile Food Kitchens) (7): Cheesy Street | Dudley’s Barbecue | El Chicken 100% Carbon |Gourmet Doner Kebab | Malaguena’s Latin Tapas | Soo Bak Foods The Supper Truck |

French (5): | Chez Axel  |La Crêpe Michel | La Quiche Parisienne Bistro | Le Troquet Bistro | P’Tit Louis Bistro |

Gelato (1): Frost Gelato Shoppe

Greek (5)Gyros Mediterranean  | Mykonos Cafe & Taverna | Olympia Cafe Yanni’s Mediterranean | Zorba’s Fine Greek Cuisine

Hawaiian (3): Hello Poke | Ohana Hut | Poki Poki Cevicheria |

Ice Cream (1): Pop Fizz

Indian (3): | Curry Leaf  | Saffron Tiger Express Taj Palace |

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

Italian (15):  | Bravo! Cucina Italiana | Bricklight Dive | Caruso’s Italian Restaurant |Fratelli Bistro | Limonata Trattoria | Mario’s Pizza & Ristorante | Mimmo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria| M’TUCCI”S MARKET & PIZZERIA | M’Tucci’s Kitchina | Paisano’s  | Piatanzi | Scalo || Torinos @ Home (2016 – ) | Trombino’s Bistro Italiano | Zullo’s Bistro |

Japanese (18): Azuma Sushi & Teppan | Aya’s New Asian Japanese Cuisine | Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant | Ichiban | I Love Sushi | Japanese Kitchen Sushi Bar | Magokoro Japanese Restaurant | Mogu Mogu | Mr. Tokyo | Nagomi Japanese Restaurant | Naruto | O Ramen | Sakura Sushi & GrillShogun Japanese Restaurant | Sushi & Sake | Sushi Gen |Sushi King | Sushi Xuan | Sushiya Asian Fusion Cuisine

Korean (54): Arirang Oriental Market | Asian Pear | Fu Yuang | Korean Barbecue House | Soo Bak Foods

Latin-Southwestern-Fusion (6):  Backstreet GrillCanvas Artistry | Casa Taco  | Guava Tree Cafe | Malaguena’s Latin Tapas | Maya |

Lao (1): Pho Lao |

Mexican (26) |Bandido Hideout   | Delicias Cafe  | El Cotorro | El Taco Tote |El Modelo  | El Sabor De Juarez | El Sarape | El ZarandeadoGarduno’s of Mexico |La Familiar | Leilani’s Cafe Lindo Mexico |Los Compadres Restaurant  | Mariscos Alatamar   | Mariscos La Playa | Papa Nacho’s | Ruben’s Grill | Sandiago’s Mexican Grill | Señor Tortas | Sharky’s Fish & Shrimp | Taco Cabana | Tacos Mex Y Mariscos | Taqueria El Paisa | Viva Mexico | Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila |

Middle Eastern  (10)Anatolia Doner Kebab House | Aura European and Middle Eastern Restaurant | Bayti Mediterranean DelicaciesCafe Istanbul | Chello Grill | Middle Eastern Food & Kabobs | Petra Restaurant & Times Square Deli Mart | Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery | San Pedro Middle East Restaurant | Yasmine’s Cafe |

Native American (1): The Pueblo Harvest Cafe

New Mexican (46):  | Barelas Coffee House | Ben Michael’s Restaurant | Beto’s CocinaBurritos Alinstante | The Burrito Lady | Casa De Benavidez | Cecilia’s Cafe | Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge | Chile Time Restaurant | Cocina Azul | Duran’s Central Pharmacy | Duran’s Station | El Bruno’s Restaurante Y Cantina | El Camino Dining Room | El Charritos | El Patio | El Patron | El Pinto | The Original Garcia’s   | Hurricane’s Cafe | 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 | Matanza Beer Kitchen | Mick’s Chile Fix | Monica’s El Portal | Monroe’s | New Mexico Beef Jerky Company | Ortega’s New Mexican Restaurant | Pana’s Cafe | Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen | Papa Felipe’s New Mexican RestaurantPerea’s New Mexican Restaurant  | Quesadilla GrilleRichard’s Mexican Food | Sadie’s Dining Room | Santiago’s New Mexican Grill   | Taco Sal | Taco Shel | Tia Betty Blue’s | Twisters Burgers & Burritos |

Persian (1): Pars Cuisine

Peruvian (3): | Pollito Con Papas |

Pizza (26): Amadeo’s Pizza & Subs | Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria | Brickyard Pizza | California Pizza Kitchen |DaVinci’s Gourmet Pizza | Dion’s Pizza | ECLECTIC URBAN PIZZERIA AND BEER TAP | Farina Alto Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Farina Pizzeria | Firenze Pizzeria |Fox’s Pizza DenGiovanni’s Pizza & Subs | Il Vicino | JC’s New York Pizza DepartmentJ.J.’s Pizza  | Old Town Pizza ParlorPizza 9 Pizza Castle | Pizzeria Luca | Richie B’s | Saggio’s | Sauce Pizza & Wine | Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza  | Slice Parlor |Straight Up PizzaTomato Cafe | Wise Pies Pizza

Polish (1): Red Rock Deli |

Popcorn (1): Walker’s Popcorn Company

Salad (1): Sweet Tomatoes | Vinaigrette

Salvadoran (2): El Papaturro | Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreno

Sandwich (18): AK DeliAl’s Big Dipper | Bocadillos Slow Roasted: A Sandwich Shop | California Pastrami & More  | Cheesy StreetChumly’s Southwestern | DG’s Deli | The Dog House Drive In | Filling Philly’s | Kaktus Brewery Tap @ Nob Hill | Oak Tree Cafe | Philly’s N Fries  | Quizno’s | Relish | Roma Bakery & Deli  |  Tully’s Italian Deli & Meats | Urban Hotdog CompanyThe Yeller Sub |

Seafood (4): Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil | Down N Dirty Seafood Boil  | Pelican’s Restaurant | Slapfish |

Southern-Soul (2):  Cracker Barrel | The Supper Truck

Spanish-Tapas (2):  | The Cellar | Mas Tapas Y Vino |

Steak (7): The Cooperage | High Noon Restaurant & SaloonMonte Carlo Steakhouse | Rancher’s Club of New Mexico | Ruth’s Chris Steak House | The Town House Restaurant | Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse |

Thai (12): Bangkok Bite | Hot Pink Thai Cuisine | Jasmine Thai & Sushi House | Krung Thai | Orchid Thai Cuisine | Pad Thai Cafe Siam Cafe | Thai Boran | Thai Cuisine | Thai Kitchen | Thai Spice | Thai Tip

Vegan-Vegetarian (5):  The Acre | An Hy Quan | Annapurna Ayuredic Cuisine | Thai Vegan | Vibrance

Vietnamese (22): 2000 Vietnam Restaurant | Banh Mi Coda | Basil Leaf | CAFE DALAT | Cafe Trang |Huong Thao | iKrave Cafe | Le Bistro Bakery & Vietnamese Cuisine | Leona Banh Mi | Lime Vietnamese Restaurant May Cafe  | Pho #1  | Pho Linh | Pho 79 | Que Huong | Rolls & Bowls | Saigon Far East | SaiGon Restaurant | Sai Gon Sandwich | SweeTea Bakery Cafe | Viet NoodleViet Taste

Waffles (1):  Tia B’s La Waffleria

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    Whoa….all I’ve got to say is: “Very Impressive!” that there are 11 Folks so far willing to go well over 50 bucks PER PERSON for a “fine dining meal in New Mexico”.

    When you have dinner out at a fine-dining restaurant in New Mexico, what is the highest price you’re willing to pay for a meal–per person?
    More than $70 per person if it’s a special occasion (35%, 6 Votes)
    $50 – $60 (29%, 5 Votes)
    $30 – $40 (24%, 4 Votes)
    $40 – $50 (6%, 1 Votes)
    $60 – $70 (6%, 1 Votes)
    Total Voters: 17
    I mean its not like this is Vegas or NYC or Beverly Hills…tho I’m not sure the food nor the service should be any better! As such, I’m anxiously hoping that such Folk are the same who would think it might be fun to dine with me (I’m assuming pay for me) for a dining experience as in the last survey!!!! Alas and Ok! OK!, I have not received any RSVPing emails for…Oh let’s say here would be fine!

  • Roland

    I noticed today that The Saucy Italian Bistro on Juan Tabo at Candelaria has shuttered its doors, fenced off the perimeter and has a for sale or maybe lease sign in front. I believe this was originally an IHOP that has gone through MANY iterations through the years. Thank Goodness we still have Fastinos and The Grill, as well as Twisters in that block. Of course, Piatanza might have contributed the demise.


      Yo Roland,
      FYI: From the July ABQ Journal

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Saucy Italian Bistro is done — but its owner says she has another idea cooking.

      Maria Constantine closed Saucy last week after three years in business, having sold the property at 2912 Juan Tabo NE to an unnamed out-of-state investor.

      However, she told the Journal on Friday that she intended to return to the local dining scene by next summer with a new restaurant at a different location. She said the menu would veer more toward the Greek food she served at Mykonos, a Mediterranean eatery she started nearly 20 years ago but has since sold.

      “I’m not done; I’m taking some time off,” Constantine said. “I’m not retired, by any stretch of the imagination. I’m beginning, as I call it, a new chapter.”

      She said “we did very well” with Saucy and had a loyal following. But her mother recently died and she wanted some time away from the restaurant business.

      Steve Lyon of Pegasus Retail represented Constantine in the sale of the property, which includes the vacant restaurant and the land it’s on.

      The price was not disclosed.

      Lyon said he now will represent the new owners as they seek new users for the spot. He said they would consider a remodeling or even redevelopment project, depending on the tenant, or tenants, they find.

      Lyon said they could lease to another restaurateur, update and expand the building into a multi-unit retail venue or get a tenant who wants to tear it down and start fresh.

      He said whatever happens should dovetail with what he called a larger “facelift” afoot along Juan Tabo. He cited the remodeling of a nearby old motorcycle dealership for Piatanzi restaurant and a redevelopment effort bringing a new Dunkin Donuts to Juan Tabo and Menaul.

      “Juan Tabo is starting to have this new stuff happen, and it’s great,” Lyon said.

  • Paula Vallejos

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

  • Bruce

    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!

  • Jim Millington

    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.

  • Susie Queue

    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!


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

  • ann mcmahon

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

    • 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.


      • ann mcmahon

        Hi Gil,

        Since your replay, I have been to HoLaMa several times. the restaurant has been clean, great tasting food always served hot.
        It may be worth your going back. I recommend their Wor Wonton soup and Royal squid. I have never had a bad experience there.


  • Caroline Jones

    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 🙂

    • Enon


      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.

  • Bruce

    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.

    • 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.


      • Good thing you have not tried the Egg & I

        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.

  • Shiraz Mishra

    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.

  • Sr Plata

    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.

  • r d thomas

    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.

  • Kayla

    Gary Priester… I would!

  • Bruce

    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!

  • R

    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.

    • 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.

  • Vanessa

    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!

  • Tim

    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.

  • Lee


    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.

  • Sandra Perra

    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….

  • Lisa

    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,

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

  • alaura

    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.

  • Rachel

    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

  • Caren

    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!

  • miss j

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

  • Roy H.

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

  • Roy H.

    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

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

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


    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

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