Albuquerque Restaurant Index

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African (2): | Safari Grill | Talking Drums

American (40): 2G’s Bistro | 66 Diner | Brixens | Cafe Bleu | Cafe 6855 | Cafe Lush | Central Grill & Coffee House | Christy Mae’s Restaurant | Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Cafe | Copper Canyon Cafe | The Daily Grind | Dave’s Valley Grill | Duke City Kitchen |  The Farmacy | The Feel Good | The Flying Star | Fork & Fig | The Frontier Restaurant  | The Grove Cafe & Market | Hannah & Nate’s | The High Point Grill | Ironwood Kitchen | Jimmy’s Cafe | K&I DinerThe Kosmos | Lindy’s | Mac’s Steak in the Rough |Marigold Cafe | Millie’s Restaurant Modern General  | The Shop Breakfast And Lunch | Sixty Six Acres | Slate Street Cafe | Southwest Savories | Standard DinerTwo Cranes Bistro & Brew | Vic’s Daily Cafe | Vick’s Vittles Country Kitchen  | 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 Classic | Let Us Eat Soup | Welcome 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 | Fun Noodle Bar  | Pacific Paradise Tropical Grill & Sushi Bar |Sakura Sushi | Umami Moto

Asian-Southwest Fusion (1): Kamikaze Kitchen |

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

Barbecue (11): Abq Grill ‘n ‘ Que | The County Line | Mr. Powdrell’s Barbecue House  | Mighty Mike’s Meats | Nexus Blue Smokehouse | Nomad’s BBQ | Quarters | Rev’s BBQ | Rudy’s Country Store & Barbecue | S-A BBQSteam Q |

Brazilian (1): Tucanos Brazilian Grill |

Brewery-Pub & Grill (21): 300 Club Bar & Grill | Alien Brew Pub | B2B Tap Room | Boxing Bear Brewing Company Desert Valley Brewing Co. | D. H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro | Effingbar & Grill | Gecko’s Bar & Tapas | Kelly’s Brew Pub | La Reforma Brewery | Lava Rock Brewing Company | Marble Brewery | Nexus Brewery | Nob Hill Bar & Grill | Sobremesa Restaurant & Brewery | Starr Brothers BrewingSteel Bender Brewyard | Stone Face Tavern | Toltec Brewing Co | Two Cranes Bistro & Brew

Burgers (23): B2B Bistronomy | Blake’s Lotaburger | Bob’s Burgers | Bosque Burger | Burger 21 | The Burger StandCaveMan Burgers | Five Star Burgers | Fuddrucker’s | Grassburger | The Grill | Griff’s | Holy Cow | Laguna Burger (66 Pit Stop) | Kathy’s| Little Red Hamburger Hut | Lucky Boy | The Owl Cafe | Papaburgers | Rex’s Hamburgers | Rustic on the Green | Santa Fe Bite – ABQ | Spinn’s Burger & Beer |

Caribbean (1): A Taste of the Caribbean |

Chicken (9): | Chile Chicken Nashville Hot Chicken | Frank’s Famous Chicken & Waffles | Golden Pride Chicken | Happy Chickenzz | Ms. Gennie’s House of ChickenPopeye’s Chicken & Bisquits | Rincon Del Pollo | Wing It Up | Wing Stop |

Chinese (17): ABC Chinese Restaurant | Amerasia & Sumo Sushi | Best Lee’s Gourmet Asian Food | BUDAI GOURMET CHINESE | China City | China Luck | Chin Shan Chinese Restaurant | Chopstix | The Dragon House | Great Fortune Chinese Restaurant | It Dim Sum | Ming Dynasty | Noodle Works | P.F. Chang’s China Bistro | Pop-Up Dumpling House | Rising Star Eatery | Yummi House |

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

Coffee (1): Java Joe’s |

Colombian (1): Ajiaco Colombian Bistro  |

Cookies (1): Rude Boy Cookies

Cupcakes (1): Cake Fetish

Donuts (2): Bristol Doughnut Co. |Rebel Donut

Filipino (1):  Bubblicitea Cafe

Fine Dining (9): The Artichoke Cafe| Campo at Los Poblanos | Farm & Table | Nick & Jimmy’s | Savoy Bar & Grill | Seared | Seasons Rotisserie & Grill | Vintage 423 | Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro |

Food Trucks (Mobile Food Kitchens) (18): Abq Grill ‘n ‘ Que | Busy Bee Frozen Custard |Cheesy Street | Dudley’s Barbecue |Gourmet Doner Kebab | Mighty Mike’s MeatsPunchy’s Wood Fired Pizza | Rev’s BBQ | Rollin’ On In | Soo Bak Foods | Steam Q | Street Food InstituteThe Supper Truck | Tikka Spice Food Truck | Taco Bus | Umami Moto | Wing It Up |

French (5): | Chez Axel | La Crêpe Michel | La Quiche Parisienne Bistro | Le Troquet Bistro | Salt and Board |  

Frozen Custard (1): Busy Bee Frozen Custard

Fusion (1): URBAN COCINA

Gelato (1): Frost Gelato Shoppe

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

Hawaiian (2): Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ | Ohana Hut |  

Healthy (1):  La Finca Bowls

Ice Cream (1): Pop Fizz

Indian (7): | Curry Leaf | Saffron Tiger Express | Taj Mahal Cuisine of India | Taj Palace | Taste Of India | Tikka HutTikka Spice Food Truck |

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

Italian (11): | Bravo! Cucina Italiana | Caruso’s Italian RestaurantLava Rock Brewing Company | Limonata Trattoria | Mario’s Pizza & Ristorante | Mimmo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria | M’Tucci’s Kitchina | M’TUCCI’S TWENTY-FIVE | Paisano’s | Piatanzi | Rustico Italian Kitchen | Trombino’s Bistro Italiano

Japanese (19): Azuma Sushi & Teppan | Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant | Ichiban | Ikigai ABQ | Japanese Kitchen Sushi Bar | Kawaii Cafe | Magokoro Japanese Restaurant | Mr. Tokyo | Nagomi Japanese Restaurant | Naruto | O Ramen | Oni Noodles | Sakura Sushi & Grill | Shogun Japanese Restaurant | Sushi & Sake | Sushi Gen |Sushi King | Sushi Xuan | Sushiya Asian Fusion Cuisine |

Korean (3): Arirang Oriental Market | Asian Pear | Soo Bak Seoul Bowl

Latin-Southwestern-Fusion (4):   Casa Taco | Guava Tree Cafe | La Fonda Del Bosque | Street Food Sensations |

Lao (1): Pho Lao |

Mexican (40) Acapulco Tacos & Burritos |Bandido Hideout | Barbacoa El Primo | Birrieria Y Tacos Alex Jalisco Style | Changos | Delicias Cafe | Duke City Taco | Don Choche Tacos Y Cerveza | El Cotorro | El Taco Tote |El Modelo | El Rey Del Pollo | El Sabor De Juarez | El Sarape | El Zarandeado | Garduno’s of Mexico |  La Guelaguetza | La Reforma Brewery | The Last Call | Lindo Mexico |Los Compadres Restaurant | Los Primos Mexican Grill | Mariscos Alatamar | Mariscos La Playa | Nena’s FoodPapa Nacho’s | Ruben’s Grill | Rusty Taco |  | Sharky’s Fish & Shrimp | Taco Bus | Taco Cabana | Tacos Mex Y Mariscos | Tako Ten | Taqueria El Paisa | Taqueria Mexico | Urban Taqueria | Viva Mexico |The Whole Enchilada |

Middle Eastern (09)Alqud’s Mediterranean Grill & GroceryCafe Istanbul | Chello Grill | Kabob HouseMama Zahira FoodiesMiddle Eastern Food & Kabobs | Need-A-Pita | Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery  | Yasmine’s Cafe |

Native American (1): The Pueblo Harvest Cafe

New Mexican (49)😐 Albuquerque City Limits | Ana’s Kitchen | Barelas Coffee House | Ben Michael’s Restaurant | Burritos Alinstante | The Burrito Lady | Casa De Benavidez | Cecilia’s Cafe | Cervantes Restaurant & Lounge |  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 | The Jealous ForkLa Salita | Leroy’s New Mexican Restaurant |Lollie’s New Mexican Food | Little Anita’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 | Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen | Papa Felipe’s New Mexican Restaurant | Perea’s New Mexican Restaurant | Red Ball Cafe | Richard’s Mexican Food | Rutilio’s New Mexican Foods | Sadie’s Dining Room | Santiago’s New Mexican Grill | Stufy’s Restaurant | Taco Sal | Taco Shel | Tia Betty Blue’s | Tomasita’s | Twisters Burgers & Burritos |

Persian (1): Pars Cuisine

Peruvian (3): | Pollito Con Papas |

Pizza (31): AK Pizza | Amadeo’s Pizza & Subs | Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria | Brickyard Pizza | California Pizza Kitchen | Dion’s Pizza | Farina Alto Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Farina Pizzeria | Fox’s Pizza Den | Giovanni’s Pizza & Subs | Il Vicino | JC’s New York Pizza Department | Old Town Pizza Parlor | Pizza 9 | Pizza Castle | Pizzeria Luca | PK’s Restaurant & Bar | Poppy’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery | Punchy’s Wood Fired Pizza | Restoration Pizza | Richie B’s | Saggio’s | Sauce Pizza & Wine | Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza | Slice Parlor | Slice & Dice |Straight Up Pizza | Tomato Cafe | Thicc Pizza Co. | Urban 360 Pizza, Grill and Tap House | Wise Pies Pizza |

Popcorn (2): The Cornivore Popcorn Company | Walker’s Popcorn Company

Salad (1): | Vinaigrette

Salvadoran (3): El Papaturro | Gobble This | Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreno

Sandwich (17): Al’s Big Dipper | Bocadillos Slow Roasted: A Sandwich ShopCheesy Street | Clowndog Hot Dog ParlorDG’s Deli | The Dog House Drive In | Dogos VIP | Filling Philly’s | Oak Tree Cafe | Philly Steaks | Relish | Roma Bakery & Deli | Tuerta: A Sandwich Shop | Tully’s Italian Deli & Meats | Urban Hotdog Company | The Yeller Sub |

Seafood (8): Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil | Down N Dirty Seafood Boil | Pelican’s Restaurant |  |Poki Poki Cevicheria | Salty Catch | Slapfish | Storming Crab |

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

Spanish-Tapas (2): | Mas Tapas Y Vino | Vara Winery & Distillery |

Steak (5): |High Noon Restaurant & Saloon | Monte Carlo Steakhouse | Rancher’s Club of New Mexico | Ruth’s Chris Steak House  | Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse |

Thai (13): Bangkok Bite | Hot Pink Thai Cuisine | Krung Thai | Orchid Thai Cuisine | Pad Thai Cafe | Siam Cafe | Thai Boran | Thai Cuisine | Thai House | Thai Heritage & Vegan | Thai Kitchen | Thai Spice | Thai Tip

Toast (1): Curious Toast Cafe

Vegan-Vegetarian (4): The Acre | An Hy Quan | Annapurna Ayuredic Cuisine | Thai Vegan |

Vietnamese (22): 2000 Vietnam Restaurant | Coda Bakery | Basil Leaf | CAFE DALAT |Huong Thao | iKrave Cafe | Le Bistro Bakery & Vietnamese Cuisine | Leona Banh Mi | Lime Vietnamese Restaurant | May Cafe | Pho #1 | Pho Kobe | Pho Kup | Pho Linh | Pho 79 |Saigon City | SaiGon Restaurant | Sai Gon Sandwich | Spring Rollin’ | T&T Gas N Mart | Viet Noodle | Viet Taste | Viet’s Pho |

Waffles (1): Tia B’s La Waffleria

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  • Gil- Your Spam Filter Inaccurately would not initially Post my 3/24 Comment. I had to work around the False Duplicate Screen. Please Fix !

    • On another subject: does Abq. have a Radio Call in Show that Discusses Restaurants ? Just called the N. M. Broadcasters Association and Paula didn’t know of any. ( In the 90’s Denver had 4 of these shows. )

      • There have been a number of attempts by radio stations to host call-in radio shows that discuss restaurants, but sadly they didn’t last. My friend Ryan Scott hosted a great program called “Break the Chain” which had call-in segments. You can see snippets of his program here.

        One radio show you shouldn’t miss is Cheryl Jamison’s “Heatng it Up” which airs Saturdays from 3pm – 4pm (MST) on KTRC AM 1260 / FM 103.7. Cheryl is a four-time James Beard award-winning author who brings in some of the preeminent luminaries from the culinary scene. Like her, the program is scintillating.

        • Becky Mercuri

          Gil, you really should make mention of your own radio show again. Many folks may have missed the original announcement.

        • Other food related radio programs & podcasts are: “The Splendid Table” Tu. 9 A.M.-10 A.M. KANW- 89.1 FM, SA. 11 A. M.- Noon KANW 2- 107.5 FM.
          ” Milk Street Radio” Su. 11 A.M.- Noon KANW 2.

        • Gil, I’m glad you like “Heating It Up”. As to “should” listening to this, there are other Abq. Radio Programs focusing on food/restaurants. So this exclusive recommendation for a Program you like, is ,for example, the same as saying readers “should” eat at one Abq. New Mecican restaurant.

          • Did I miss something?

            Isn’t that essentially what Gil is saying when he types up something like, “The eclairs are the best we’ve ever had, and should not be missed” or “I found the use of cumin to be so overwhelming, I could not take a second bite”.

            The point of this blog is for Gil to tell us to go try (or stay away – though he never really says negative things) a restaurant…it’s up to us if we want to take his advice or not…

            • NM Pride

              For a guy who ‘never really says negative things’ our hero has recently had some Mr Hyde moments:

              From Urban 360 Pizza review: Grrr! During my initial review, I noted that “Ever since Farina Pizzeria introduced Albuquerque to the notion that “char” (just the gentlest whisper away from burnt) is a flavor, several other pizza purveyors seem to have ratcheted up the temperature of their ovens. Not so at Urban 360 where the pizza is imprinted with a light pinto pony char.” It’s almost as if the oven overseer read my review and decided “I’ll show him.” Our pizza wasn’t “just the gentlest whisper away from burnt.” It was as if a convention of pyromaniacs got together to test just how much heat the oven could generate. I have friends who insist there’s a special place in Hell for anyone who burns a pizza to that extent.

              From Cracked Crab review: The most disappointing component of our dinner combo was the whole lobster which my Kim had been so looking forward to. First, the only utensil we were given was a lobster cracker (which resemble plyers). No seafood forks or leg sheller knives. Fortunately my hands are like vice grips and I managed to extricate all the lobster meat sans utensils. All that hard work should have been rewarded with sweet, succulent and delicious lobster. Alas, the lobster was rubbery, “old-tasting” and overwhelmed by the butter sauce used on our combo plate. Tough or rubbery meat is usually the result of a lobster cooked too long. This is one lobster that should have been thrown back!

              There are other examples, but the point is Gil can sling meanness with anyone. To tell a pizza chef to go to Hell is the hight of hypocrazy.

  • Sala Thai has recently moved to 102 Richmond Dr. NE. According to Google their former location, 3619 Copper NE, is now Thai Chicken Rice- English translation. In early Feb. they had a 5 Rating, based on 17 reviews, on Google.
    An Amateur Librarian,
    W R

  • What is going on at Park Ave Pizzeria, 900 Park Ave SW ? When I call them at 242-4144 I get a call can’t be completed message. ( Google reviewer, Carolyn R. recently got the same result. )

    A Perplexed,
    W R

  • What Abq. restaurants, with good food, decorate for Halloween or Christmas ? I know of Cervantes, 5801 Gibson SE, both holidays. Christmas- La Casa de Benavidez, 8032 4th NW, Church St. Cafe, 2111 Church St. NE. ( Due to Covid 19 I’d verify by calling the restaurant before going this year.)

  • I’m looking for an Abq. Restaurant that serves “S. Indian” Curd Rice. This favorite food is cooked rice in yogurt with savory spices. 2+ years ago, Curd Rice was regularly on the lunch buffet at the Denver area Masalaa. And I ordered it from the menu at Mysore Woodlands, Chicago, last Aug . I’d be ok with getting Curd Rice at Deli.


    Anyone need some Mexican Candy in these tough times of Covid?
    Speaking of Covid, might ya know of or just want to say Thank You to some local HealthCare workers who are sick & tired of dealing with it and want to bash it to Hades? How about dropping off a Covid Pinata (see pic: at your neighborhood hospital/urgent care center? Need a little diversion for your upcoming Roasted Green Chile Peeling Party?
    Alas, rumor has it this guy’s local business is hurting:  2219 Lead Ave SE, 268-6625


    Man…nor Woman…does not live by bread alone…so they say.
    As such, here is a visual Yum Yum I just found serendipitously on the internet…hope it gets transposed to Y’all as a moment of tranquility and awe (i.e. compared to the other Gar Barge going on) or, for some, a vision of evolutionary creationism! Indeed, it might serve as a pictogram for “Enchantment”!
    BTW, lest yaz forgot, besides being National Be SomeOne Day, it is also National Junk Food Day!!
    PS: Lest anyone not know, “Virga” is rain that evaporates* before it hits the ground, i.e. those ‘wisps’ as seen in the pic.
    *(In keeping with Gil’s lead, I was going to say “sublimes”, but thought already talking about “virga” was bad enough! Say, anyone notice how every other word several weeks ago was “mitigate”? Why/how did it, itself, become mitigated?)

    • Sarita

      Thanks for sharing, Bob! By chance, do you know if this is a Bill Tondreau photo? The style looks a lot like his:

      Thank you for reminding us there’s still some beauty in this world.

      • BOTVOLR

        Whoa! Thanks Sarita…a very interesting reference. Alas, I downloaded some of his landscapes and found they do not enlarge as readily in an email. When I found the pic, I could not see an ownership and now can’t find the website! LOL
        Elsewise, an interesting fellow Tondreau, especially given his association with Eames Furniture. An early lust of mine was for the Classic Eames Lounge Chair e.g. If one watches Frasier, it can be seen… forlornly(?)…by the patio’s glass door, up and away from the general seating area. Alas, one time I had an op to sit in one, I found it did not handle my gangling body structure in a way I envisioned…i.e. I didn’t bother getting one.
        BTW, some really great artists on that site!
        Chow On!

  • Lynn Garner


    First, an overdue thanks for providing a much needed restaurant resource for me for three years now.

    Second, I am more than excited that dine in is starting to be available again. I fear our take out experiences, even surprisigly from some of our favorite places, were less than stellar. Cold food, leaky containers, etc.

    So do you know a good way to keep track of who is opening their doors and what the rules are? Data on the web is inconsistent and sometimes just wrong. If you want to devote some space to that here, I’ll kick it off! Copper Canyon cafe is now seating at 50% capacity, 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pete and his excellent staff are running the show still and our lunch today was excelente. My lips are still burning from the fresh green chiles.

    The internet was correctly updated for Copper and that’s how I found out about it. Then again, I was checking regularly because I’ve been craving their biscuits and gravy. Next week, hopefully.

    Well less talking, more eating!

    Muchas gracias una vez más, Gil, your Kim and FOG

    • Thank you, Lynn. I appreciate the kind words very much.

      There are more than 1,200 restaurants in the Duke City alone so keeping track of which restaurants are open, what their operating hours are and what their accommodations (patio, dine-in) and capacity are is a herculean task. A number of resources exist (such as Yelp) who try valiantly to keep New Mexicans apprised of restaurant activities, but invariably these resources rely on information from restaurants and their patrons.

      It’s always good advice to pick up the phone and confirm the business is open during hours posted on Facebook. Restaurateurs frequently put in 12-15 hour days and may either forget or are too tired to update changes to operating hours.

      As for Copper Canyon, I’ve got to get back there soon. They do know their way around chile.

  • Sarita

    Now. Let’s talk snacks. Let me introduce you to a popcorn place called The Cornivore. Their popcorn is made without the artificial junk you find in a lot of other brands. Since they’re a New Mexican company, green chile plays a prominent role in their flavors. Green Chile Butter, anyone? Their Chicago variety is known as the “Chicano” mix. See what they did there? It’s made even better by adding green chile. As it’s been said many times in this blog, green chile improves everything it touches!

    They operate out of a tiny-blink-and-you’ll-miss-it space on Girard. So, you can’t observe social-distancing there, but you *can* order online or by calling them. They deliver locally, or they’ll drop it in the mail. Their website is Their Facebook page can be found at They update it regularly too! Don’t despair if there’s a flavor you’re hankering to try and they’re sold out. Just check back again in the next day or two.


    Has anyone been to this place yet?

    Not impugning anyone’s common sense etc., ‘but’ here’s what might be a handy restaurants guide of current “accessibility”

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