Albuquerque Restaurant Index

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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 (9): 528 Sushi & Asian CuisineAsian 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 (17): 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 | Tap That |

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 |

Coffee (1):  Java Joe’s |

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 (6): | Chez Axel  |La Crêpe Michel | La Quiche Parisienne Bistro | Le Troquet Bistro | P’Tit Louis Bistro | Salt and Board |

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 (14):  | Bravo! Cucina Italiana  | Caruso’s Italian Restaurant | Il Bosco | 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 | 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 (25): Amadeo’s Pizza & Subs | Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria | Brickyard Pizza | California Pizza Kitchen |DaVinci’s Gourmet Pizza | Dion’s Pizza  | Farina Alto Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Farina 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 | PK’s Restaurant & Bar | 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 Oak Tree Cafe | Philly’s N Fries  | Philly Steaks | 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 (3):  Cracker Barrel | South Bourbon Kitchen | 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 | Coda Bakery | 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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56 comments

  • BOTVOLR

    Apparently, our Conestoga has sailed! Did our NM Chefs….per being off running around trying to emulate* NYC/LA…..miss offering the simple/down home Comfort Food Prairie Schooner of this http://tinyurl.com/y8yyayzs The Green Chile Grilled Cheese? A place in Denver has achieved noteriety ala Thrillist’s 20 Best Grilled Cheeses in America http://tinyurl.com/zmf9z5m (scroll down to Stueben’s). For shame that I do not know…please enlighten me of…any joynt in our ABQ offering such! Alas! Apparently we’ve let Colorado outdo us (as they are also working to take over being “The Place to Go” for a Green Chile Cheeseburger!!!!) Can some Chef offer the more neo-traditional combo of a Green Chile Grilled Cheese with a bowl of Green Chile (Campbell’s) Tomato Soup?
    ​ * Admittedly, in other posts herein, I’ve mused if our menus in New Mexico have become staid/worn in drawing tourists per being seen as only tacos/burrito/tamales/biscochitos…i.e. given “Mexican” foods, albeit sans Red or Green, are becoming commonplace throughout the States.

    • Happy National Grilled Cheese Day Everyone!

      While Albuquerque does not have a brick-and-mortar restaurant specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches, it does have Cheesy Street, a mobile food kitchen (that’s food truck for you, Bob) that serves up some very good, very creative grilled cheese sandwiches. Alas, a quick scan through the menus pictured on their Facebook page doesn’t show a grilled cheese with green chile, but they do offer one with jalapeno.

      As for the link to a “Hatch Chili Grilled Cheese,” how much credibility can you possibly give any site that spells our official New Mexico state vegetable as “chili?” They also commit the grievous offense of spelling Hatch with a lower case “h” on several instances. For all we know, they really get their “chili” from New York City. New York City? Get a rope!

      • Michael

        Sonic drive in makes a grilled cheese sandwich on Texas toast. You can request green chile, from Hatch and as for bacon as well. Its a pretty good deal for about 3.50 add a limeade and its a good lunch.

      • BOTVOLR

        OMG….Pardon. Love Coincidences. Just found out it is National Grilled Cheese Day!

        Michael: Thanks! RE Sonic.

        • Roberto, if you’re serious about grilled cheese and want an example of its versatility, you might want to visit Torinos @ Home for their grilled cheese made with mozzarella, Fontina, figs, onion jam and truffle honey on country sourdough. Had “priest-strangling pasta” not been the daily special, I would have ordered the grilled cheese during our visit today (review pending).

          • 8

            There’s is an outstanding Italian dish called Mozzarella en Carozza. I hope that’s the correct spelling.
            Basically an Italian grilled Mozzarella cheese sandwich which is more like sautéed sandwich than grilled, and can stand alone or be served with condiments or like fried calamari can be served with a good marinara sauce. It’s knife and fork food but still a sandwich.
            I’m wondering if that’s what it’s listed as on Torinos menu?

          • BOTVOLR

            Well Golly Gee Gil…I didn’t realize the “Comment Traffic” the humble Grilled Cheese Sandwich would generate! Be that as it may: in the meantime, I, serendipitously, ran across this Gal who presents what she says is a Vegan Version, i.e. I thought to include for our Vegan FOGs! [Pardon…I can’t remember if you might have done a Survery Question regarding Vegan vs Carnivorous readers.}

            VEGAN GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES

            PREP TIME
            5 mins (Personally, as a nonadroit person in the kitchen, that looks a tad low…BOTVOLR)
            COOK TIME
            15 mins
            TOTAL TIME
            20 mins

            Vegan grilled cheese sandwiches
            Author: Lindsay Rey (Source: http://veganyumminess.com/grilled-cheese-sandwiches/)

            Cuisine: American
            INGREDIENTS
            1⅔ cups peeled and finely diced potatoes (I used Russets, but yellow also work nicely)
            ¼ cup peeled and diced fresh carrot
            ⅓ cup peeled and diced onion
            ⅔ cup water (preferably from pot of cooked veggies above)
            ½ cup raw cashews (pre-soaked for a few hours, if you’re not using a high-speed blender)
            ¼ cup coconut milk (either lite or full fat variety)
            2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
            1 tablespoon lemon juice
            1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
            ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
            1 loaf vegan French bread, or other vegan bread of your choice
            Vegan butter (like Earth Balance) or coconut oil for grilling sandwiches
            INSTRUCTIONS
            In a medium saucepan, bring several cups of water to boil.
            Place prepared potato, carrot, and onion into the boiling water, and cook until potatoes are fork tender, or about 10 minutes.
            While your potatoes, carrot, and onion are cooking, place ⅔ cup water (preferably water from your pot of cooking/cooked vegetables), cashews, coconut milk, yeast flakes, lemon juice, salt, and garlic powder into your blender. Blend on high until everything is creamy smooth.
            When potatoes are fork-tender, place potatoes, carrot, and onion into your blender–using a slotted spoon to avoid adding excess water to your cheese.
            Blend everything on high until smooth.
            You can use this cheese as is (pretty warm) to make your grilled cheese sandwiches, or you can place it in the fridge for a few hours or days to cool and thicken up slightly–which makes a less messy grilled cheese sandwich. If you’re like me, you don’t mind ooey gooey all-over-the-place cheese, and the hot stuff works just fine.
            Slather your cheese sauce on 2 thick slices of bread, slap ’em together, and brush the outsides of your sandwich with either coconut oil (or other heat-safe oil of your choice) or vegan butter. (I use Earth Balance, generally.)
            Place your sandwich in a preheated pan or griddle on medium heat. Usually, my sandwiches only need about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side to be nice and crispy. Check your first sandwiches frequently, as they can burn quickly without warning.

            • 8

              Well, golly gee, BOTVOLR, what a simple way to solve the epidemic of Vegan craving for a grilled cheese sandwich. I don’t think anyone could put that sandwich together in 15 minutes. It does seem to be too much work for what the end product amounts to the simplicity of the grilled cheese sandwich.
              I have a feeling that you’re more enamored with the price of a grilled cheese sandwich, which has tremendous profit per humble sandwich like it’s Italian distant cousin the humble pizza.
              It would be interesting to find out which commenters took the time to make that vegan bombshell for an easy meal at home. Golly gee, there has to be a FOG or two who will say they tried it at home, don’t you think? Maybe we can rent the small BMW Mini with a driver and provide free transportation for all of them to the next FOG dinner?

      • BOTVOLR

        Ooops Gil…sorry missed your post. Thanks as well!

    • 8

      I’m at a loss as to why you, or anybody, for that matter needs to eat out to get a good grilled cheese sandwich, with every conceivable add on.
      It seems that you, BOTVOLR, don’t understand that a chef versus a line cook who rolls the Chile dogs a quarter turn on the griddle, wants to create more, much more than a new take on a grilled cheese. Do you think adding a ramped up grilled cheese sandwich to M’Tucci’s meno is going to create a long waiting line to get in?
      Michael points out a $3.50 grilled cheese at Sonic. Do you think Scalo should replace something on their menu with that price point? They’d have to sell hundreds per week to make it worth their while.
      It a simple grilled cheese sandwich, two slices of bread with cheese in between the slice grilled in a bit of butter. Period. Do we really have to leave our kitchen and dine out for it?
      Additionally you should try any number of outstanding, high quality restaurants that have been cited by national reviews. Staid, try Geronimo’s.
      Restaurant Martín, Bouche, French-ish, to name a few and while there probably would be some sticker shock, you might retract you limited knowledge of the really superb restaurants available in New Mexico.
      Staid? Worn? Hardly.
      Myopic? Most likely.

    • Becky Mercuri

      BOTVOLR, sometimes a fella just wants a grilled cheese sandwich without having to make it at home. It’s logical that you’d be seeking one with New Mexico green chile. Grilled cheese, in a ton of different guises, is a hugely popular comfort food all over the country. Despite Gil’s monumental contribution to the food scene, he can’t do it all. Maybe you could work on compiling a “New Mexico Grilled Cheese & Green Chile Trail”. I’m stuck in what Gil calls the Tundra of New York State but I did a very quick search of grilled cheese with green chile in ABQ – maybe some of the offerings are a bit too “designer-style” but they sure sound good at these places:
      1. Cheese & Coffee: The Arty is ham, green chile, cheddar, and bacon grilled on sourdough. The Focazzia is olive oil, tomato slices, spices, imported provolone and mozzarella broiled on focaccia with the option of adding chile (I assume it’s green?).
      2. The Range Cafe: The Range sandwich is griddled sourdough with Swiss, white cheddar & parmesan cheeses, crisp bacon & green chile tomato jam.
      3. Annie’s Soup Kitchen: American grilled cheese on sourdough with three options of turkey, tomato or ham, all with green chile.
      4. Cheesy Street Food Truck: They have a menu that changes frequently but if you’re up to chasing down a food truck and taking your chances, Yelp featured a comment mentioning a great grilled cheddar with green chile and another comment praising the green chile cheese with bacon.

      • BOTVOLR

        Oh my Becky…Gil is so lucky to have such an O-CD “WingGal”! If I may: Giving an “E” for a “Y” and yad get this higher level of sophistication http://tinyurl.com/ybv6kgye at the Cheese and Coffee!

        OMG: so sorry to read that you be off in the Tundra of New York State, which I’m guessing you be up in Lake-Effect Snowland of Buffalo! (Say, did you see any chain grocery stores roasting Green Chile back there last Fall?) Alas, let me recommend to get your mind off that tundra, your considering a 6-7 hour juant for some good Italian food in the North End of Baahstan as being about equidistant to NYC! If, by chance you’ve been, did you ever smell molasses and wonder why? Alas: http://tinyurl.com/y8tkk3mt . To make the trip more worthwhile, let me suggest…in payback for your cheesy ABQ dining suggestions…that instead of the usual historic site visits, e.g. The 1 if by land; 2 if by sea, church in the North End…. you consider this http://tinyurl.com/hp8qfkk (scroll for buyer reviews also, e.g. ’50s Guy.) just a “1/2” hour up the road. BTW, they have a great ethnic food buffet during this http://lowellfolkfesti val.org/ If you’ve ever (accidently/intentionally) seen Lewandowski blabbing from Manchester, those conglomerations of red brick mills you see in the background and elsewhere in New England, started in Lowell from where Jack Kerouac began his On the Road! Ask me or for more tourist info there https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm Imagine being a 15 yr old girl away from home, working in cotton lint filled air, without A/C for 12 hours a day, 6 1/2 day/wk listening to this http://tinyurl.com/k6tftva
        Again, Thanks for the input!

        • Becky Mercuri

          Hi Bob: You certainly did stir up interest with your grilled cheese posts. Hopefully, more folks will join in posting and start future friendly discussions based upon Gil’s excellent work in reporting on food and dining options in New Mexico. There’s always something to be learned.
          Sarita clearly knows her green chile grilled cheese with a recommendation for Sadie’s, and I see that Gil has posted a review of the restaurant. Sarita also recommends Vic’s Daily Café – their grilled cheese is composed of no less than three cheeses: Swiss, American, and Provolone. If they’ll add green chile for you, it sounds like a winner. True to form, Gil has also reviewed Vic’s – is there any place that he has missed?
          Yes, I’m located in Western New York. While no supermarket chain in this area featured green chile roasting last fall (no surprise there), Wegman’s, one of the top rated chains in the country, did offer fresh Hatch green chiles which I purchased and roasted at home. Green chile cheeseburgers were definitely on the menu. And wow! Those Hatch chiles were the hottest I’ve ever had. Maybe it was a message from Hatch to let Buffalonians know that even the hottest of wings can’t compete with incendiary New Mexico fare.
          Thanks for the interesting links. A trip to Boston’s North End for great Italian food is always recommended. And don’t forget New York’s Little Italy on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

          • BOTVOLR

            -Speaking of Buffalo weather today…..
            – Yes, I recommended Wegman’s to several Folks in MA. If I remember correctly they only had 1 roaster they rotated on a weekend to each of their 4 or 5 locales for one month. Oh yes! I think it was twice the price than in NM, but then of course, can’t imagine what shipping it there costs!
            Stay warm!

            • Becky Mercuri

              Bob, thanks for alerting me to Wegman’s actually roasting Hatch chiles. I thought you were joking, but I did my homework and found they had roasting events all over the place, including several of their stores in my area. I sure missed that one! Hopefully, they’ll hold Hatch chile roastings again this year. By September, Buffalo should be thawed out.

      • Sarita

        One of the best places you can get a grilled cheese sandwich is, believe it or not, Sadie’s. It’s made with thick, buttery French bread. You do hafta ask them to add green chile. I like to add bacon to mine, and theirs is quite good. Another good place for a grilled cheese sandwich is Vic’s Daily Cafe. It doesn’t come with green chile, but I’m sure they’d be happy to oblige.

        Ordering a grilled cheese sandwich in a restaurant makes much more sense to me than ordering cold cereal in a restaurant. You just pour cereal out of a box into a bowl, which is way less involved than fixing a grilled cheese sandwich.

        • BOTVOLR

          Wow….Sadie’s! Thanks Sarita!
          While one of ‘her’ wonderous Margaritas might go well with a Relleno ala carte, think a milk would be best with a GCGC.
          – Nice to read we are insync with having a GC in a restaurant!

  • BOTVOLR

    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 http://tinyurl.com/y7jalgx6 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.

    • BOTVOLR

      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!

    Suzie

  • 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.

  • ann mcmahon

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

    • 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

      • 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.

        Ann

  • 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

      @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.

  • Bruce

    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.

    • 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

      • 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

    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.

  • 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,
    Lisa

    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.

    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

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