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.

American (41): | 66 Diner | 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 |  The Farmacy | The Feel Good | The Flying Star | Fork & Fig | The Frontier Restaurant  | The Grove Cafe & Market | Hannah & Nate’s | Hello DeliThe High Point Grill | Ironwood Kitchen | Jimmy’s Cafe | K&I Diner | The Kickstand Cafe |  The Kosmos | Lindy’s | Mac’s Steak in the Rough |Marigold Cafe | Milly’s Restaurant Modern General  | The Shop Breakfast And Lunch | Sixty Six Acres | Slate Street Cafe | Standard DinerTwo Cranes Bistro & Brew | Tula’s KitchenVic’s Daily Cafe | Vick’s Vittles Country Kitchen  | Western View Diner & Steakhouse |

Asian (8):  |Asian Noodle Bar | Boba Tea Company | Fareast Fuzion | Fun Noodle Bar  | Hanmi Chinese-Korean Fusion | KitsunePacific Paradise Tropical Grill & Sushi Bar |Sakura Sushi | Umami Moto

Asian-Southwest Fusion (1): Kamikaze Kitchen |

Bakery (7):Golden Crown Panaderia | Great Harvest Bread Company | | Ihatov Bread and Coffee | Knead Dough Bar & Eatery | Panaderia El Dorado | Saratori’s Di Tully | Swiss Alps Bakery & Cafe |

Barbecue (12): Abq Grill ‘n ‘ Que | Black Mesa BBQ | The County Line | Duke City BBQMr. Powdrell’s Barbecue House  | Mighty Mike’s Meats | Nexus Blue Smokehouse | Nomad’s BBQ |  Rev’s BBQ | Rudy’s Country Store & Barbecue | S-A BBQSteam Q |

Brazilian (1): Tucanos Brazilian Grill |

Brewery-Pub & Grill (18): 300 Club Bar & Grill | Alien Brew Pub Boxing Bear Brewing Company Desert Valley Brewing Co. | D. H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro | Effingbar & Grill | Gecko’s Bar & Tapas |  La Reforma Brewery | Lava Rock Brewing Company | Marble Brewery | Nexus Brewery |  Sobremesa Restaurant & Brewery | Starr Brothers BrewingSteel Bender Brewyard | Stone Face Tavern | Two Cranes Bistro & Brew

Burgers (20):  | Blake’s Lotaburger | Bob’s Burgers | Bosque Burger | Burger 21 |   CaveMan Burgers | Five Star Burgers | Fuddrucker’s | Grassburger | The Grill | Griff’s | Holy Cow | Laguna Burger (66 Pit Stop) | Laguna Burger (12th Street) | Kathy’sLucky Boy | The Owl CafeRex’s Hamburgers | Rustic on the GreenSpinn’s Burger & Beer | Upscale Burgers |

Caribbean (1): A Taste of the Caribbean

Cheese (1):  The Mouse Hole |

Chicken (9): | Chile Chicken Nashville Hot Chicken | Frank’s Famous Chicken & Waffles | Golden Pride Chicken | Happy Chickenzz | Kukri  | Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits | Rincon Del Pollo Roti NM Rotisserie ChickenWing It Up | Wing Stop |

Chinese (19): ABC Chinese Restaurant | Amerasia & Sumo Sushi |BUDAI GOURMET CHINESE | China City | China Luck | Chin Shan Chinese Restaurant | Chopstix | The Dragon House | It Dim Sum | Lucky Boy | Ming Dynasty | Nio Szechuan | Noodle Works | P.F. Chang’s China Bistro | Pop-Up Dumpling House | Rising Star Eatery | Tasty Noodles & Dumplings | 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

Cuban (1): Havana Restaurant |

Cupcakes (1): Cake Fetish

Donuts (1): Bristol Doughnut Co. |

Filipino (1):  Bubblicitea Cafe

Fine Dining (8): The Artichoke Cafe| Campo at Los Poblanos | Farm & Table | Savoy Bar & Grill | Seared | Seasons Rotisserie & Grill | Vintage 423 | Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro |

Food Trucks (Mobile Food Kitchens) (19): Abq Grill ‘n ‘ Que | Busy Bee Frozen Custard |Cheesy Street | Dudley’s Barbecue |Gourmet Doner Kebab | Lollie’s New Mexican Food | 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 (4): | Chez Axel | La Quiche Parisienne Bistro | Le Troquet Bistro | Salt and Board |  

Frozen Custard (1): Busy Bee Frozen Custard

Gelato (1): Frost Gelato Shoppe

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

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

Ice Cream (1): Pop Fizz

Indian (6): | Bawarchi | Curry Leaf | Taj Mahal Cuisine of India | Taj Palace | Taste Of IndiaTikka Spice Food Truck |

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

Italian (13): | Bravo! Cucina Italiana | Caruso’s Italian RestaurantLava Rock Brewing Company | Limonata Trattoria | Mario’s Pizza & RistoranteM’Tucci’s Kitchina | M’TUCCI’S TWENTY-FIVE | Paisano’s | Piatanzi Sal’s Ristorante & Pizzeria | Taste of Love | Trombino’s Bistro Italiano | Uptown Saggio’s Scratch Italian Kitchen |

Japanese (18): Azuma Sushi & Teppan | Gen Kai Japanese Restaurant | Ichiban | Ikigai ABQ | Japanese Kitchen Sushi Bar | Kawaii CafeMr. 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 (4): Arirang Oriental Market | Asian Pear | K Style Kitchen | Soo Bak Seoul Bowl

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

Mexican (41) Acapulco Tacos & Burritos  | ¡Ay, Mi MexicoBandido Hideout | Barbacoa El Primo | Birrieria Y Tacos Alex Jalisco Style | Changos | Delicias Cafe |  Don Choche Tacos Y Cerveza | Don Tortas | El Molcajeton | El Taco Tote |El Modelo | El Rey Del Pollo | El Sabor De Juarez |  El Zarandeado | Foodtopia | Garduno’s of Mexico |  La Guelaguetza | La Reforma BreweryLindo Mexico |Los Compadres Restaurant | Los Primos Mexican Grill | Mariscos Alatamar | Mariscos La PlayaPapa Nacho’s | Ramona’s Mexican Cafe | Ruben’s Grill | Rusty Taco |  | Sharky’s Fish & Shrimp | Taco Bus | Taco Cabana | Tacos Mex Y Mariscos | Tako Ten | Taqueria El Paisa | Taqueria Los AmigosTaqueria Mexico |  Viva Mexico |The Whole Enchilada |

Middle Eastern (10): Alqud’s Mediterranean Grill & GroceryCafe Istanbul | Chello Grill | El Chamo Arabe | Habibi House | Kabob HouseMama Zahira FoodiesMiddle Eastern Food & Kabobs |  Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery  | Yasmine’s Cafe |

Native American (1): The Pueblo Harvest Cafe

New Mexican (47)😐 ABQ Burrito | 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 | El Roi Cafe |The Original Garcia’s | Hurricane’s CafeLa 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 |  Mick’s Chile Fix | Monica’s El Portal | Monroe’s | My Moms | New Mexico Beef Jerky Company |  Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen | Papa Felipe’s New Mexican Restaurant | Perea’s New Mexican Restaurant | Richard’s Mexican Food | Sadie’s Dining Room | Santiago’s New Mexican Grill | Stufy’s Restaurant | Taco Sal | Taco Shel | Tia Betty Blue’s | Tomasita’sTwisters Burgers & Burritos |

Persian (1): Pars Cuisine

Peruvian (3): | Pollito Con Papas |

Pizza (31)Amadeo’s Pizza & Subs | Amore Neapolitan PizzeriaCalifornia Pizza Kitchen | Chicago Pizza KitchenDion’s Pizza | Farina Alto Pizzeria & Wine Bar | Farina Pizzeria |  Giovanni’s Pizza & Subs | Gold Street Pizza | Il Vicino | JC’s New York Pizza Department | Old Town Pizza Parlor | Pizza 9 | Pizza Castle | Pizzeria Luca | PK’s Restaurant & Bar | Punchy’s Wood Fired Pizza | Restoration Pizza | Richie B’s | Saggio’s |  Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza | Slice Parlor | Slice & Dice |Straight Up Pizza | Tomato Cafe | Thicc Pizza Co. | Uptown Saggio’sUrban 360 Pizza, Grill and Tap House | Wise Pies Pizza |

Popcorn (1): The Cornivore Popcorn Company |

Rotisserie (1): Fuego 505 Rotisserie & Bar

Salad (1): | Vinaigrette

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

Sandwich (17): Al’s Big Dipper | Bocadillos Slow Roasted: A Sandwich Shop | Cheese & Coffee | Cheesy 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 (3): Biscuit Boy | Cracker Barrel | The Supper Truck

Spanish-Tapas (3): | Cafe Bodega | 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 (12): Bangkok Bite | Hot Pink Thai Cuisine | Krung Thai | Orchid Thai Cuisine | Pad Thai Cafe |  Thai Boran | Thai Cuisine | Thai House | Thai Heritage & Vegan | Thai Kitchen | Thai Spice | Thai Street | Thai Tip

Toast (1): Curious Toast Cafe

Vegan-Vegetarian (3): | Annapurna Ayuredic Cuisine | Thai Vegan | Vegos Vegan New Mexican |

Vietnamese (24): 2000 Vietnam RestaurantBamboo by Kulantro | Basil Leaf | CAFE DA LAT | Cafe Nom Nom | Coda Bakery |    Huong ThaoLe 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 Com | Viet Noodle | Viet Taste | Viet’s Pho |

Waffles (1): Tia B’s La Waffleria

Year-End Retrospectives: 2014: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food | 2013: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food | 2012: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food | 2011: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food | 2010: A Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food | Gil’s Best of the Best for 2015 | Gil’s “Best of the Best” For 2014 | Gil’s “Best of the Best” for 2013 | Gil’s “Best of the Best” for 2012 |

140 thoughts on “Albuquerque Restaurant Index

  1. What gives? Your out of touch with the Urinal’s 2023 Readers Choice poll. For example, Urinal readers seleced Fan Tang as best Chinese, Sadies as best green chile and Trumbinos as the best Italian. You don’t seem to like these places.

    1. More stunning than those selections was the absence of “The Tank,” “The Law Giant” and Ron Bell as best injury lawyer. For all the money they spend on commercials seemingly designed to appeal to grade school children (here’s hoping they don’t sue me) you’d think they would be logical choices for the best of Albuquerque.

  2. Had a belated BD remembrance by Daughter/S-i-L at Antiquity last eve. They went on-&-on about the mashed potatoes, which I thought were overly smashed, and took delight in the choked-full-with-everything Chef’s Special Salad in lieu of the house, included with their entrees. My S-i-L scarfed up his med-rare, 8 oz Filet as if a firefighter awaiting a call, which he was, while my Daughter savored her Shrimp Scampi tho she seems to be catching his rhythm. I enjoyed a creamy cup of Seafood Bisque as my entree’s soup/salad option. My perennial FAV is their Henry IV. As seen plated herein, a smaller Filet is set in the center of splayed artichoke leaves, crowned by the artichoke heart and drizzled with Bearnaise. Muy Oh Sabrosa, physically and existentially!
    Alas, inquiring a bit more about history, this adobe (building that is) goes back to 1850 serving a variety of functions, e.g. way-station, post office, etc., in the center of AlbuRquerque as it blossomed. It initially began as a restaurant in our ’50s as The Baron of Beef. I’ve lost track of the number of my enjoyable visits over the eons. Alas, lest one might wonder why it only gets 4.5/5 YELP stars, I would note one of this Blog’s FAV Commenters recounted a personal unpleasantness she experienced (not with waitstaff, but management) in terms of Customer Unservice. Unfortunately awkward, I like the funky atmosphere, the excellent waitstaff service, and the fine food, which brings me to it being the only place in town which serves Henry IV and, as such, reservations are currently needed beyond 3 weekends if you try to go on Fri/Sat. 

    1. Craig, Sometime next week the James Beard Foundation will announce the winner of the Best Chef – Southwest award. One of the semi-finalists is Albuquerque’s own La Guelaguetza, purveyor of Oaxacan style cuisine, including some of the very best mole you’ll find outside of Oaxaca. Should La Guelaguetza earn Best Chef honors you might not be able to get a seat there so you’d better get there quickly.

      1. I read somewhere that they were in the running – I will have to get over there – maybe today!

        1. You might want to call them before you make your way out there. The Salazar Brothers are likely packing for their trip to the awards ceremony or they might even be there early to catch the sights and sounds of Chicago. The Brothers have a great shot at James Beard glory. Three of the five semi-finalists– Santa Fe Chefs Fernando Olea of Sazon, Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin and Albuquerque’s Salazar Brothers of La Guelaguetza–are from New Mexico.

          1. I made it, they were open, and it was well worth the trip across town. They had sold out of the black mole but had the coloradito. Spectacular. Thanks so much for helping me find this place!

  3. So what are we gonna call Chicken Kiev here in the States? Since the ’90s, the Ukrainians have apparently been trying to get it pronounced KEE-eve instead of the Russian way of KEE-yev! For an interesting reading of its provenance
    Elsewise, does anyone know what restaurant in ABQ serves a plate (currently, Red Rock Deli does not) or has anyone tried…ya, I know…the frozen offerings?
    Lest you’ve never done it, go here to scroll down to the Vid, “Watch How to Make It” …Caveat, the result is pure Forn.

    1. The last time we saw Chicken Kiev on a restaurant’s menu was in Las Vegas, Nevada several years ago. Chicken Kiev seems to have gone out of vogue after the 1970s…or was it the 1790s? As you point out, you can find a frozen offering wherever you stock up on comestibles (WalMart, Albertson’s, Schwans, etc.) but not at any restaurants I know of.

    2. Is there an area Thai Restaurant that has baby corn &/or Thai eggplant in an entree ? Thai Spice & Thai cuisine 2 do not use these veggies.
      Not willing to scroll down thru 131 comments,
      W R

  4. Aha! T’is the Holiday Season & so, Two Suggestions lest you be having or going to a gathering.
    1.) Tired of the Gingerbread House Schtick? How about a Charcuterie-Board House…e.g. or ?
    2) Le Chantilly Bakery at Hoffmantown Center (Menaul at Wyoming) is taking orders for a Buche de Noel…this will be my third year enjoying one.

      1. Indeed, I’m surprized(sic) this year’s series of Christmas Movies on the Hallmark Movie Channel has not picked up on it yet, i.e. staying with the dried n true, gingerbread construction. Lest I be wrong, maybe they be worried about social concerns about the use of processed meats, fat-saturated cheeses etc. As such, the producers certainly could do a little research to readily find healthier suggestions, e.g.
        Whoa! when was Brie banned in the US?
        [BTW, according to the Daily Meal (’17), ‘the most hated food” in Indiana was a charcuterie plate, while New Mexicans apparently didn’t take kindly to the chicken nugget. As Cilantro was listed for Arkansas, one might therefore note that Cumin did not make it RE New Mexico…just saying…LOL]
        Tiempos felices!

        1. Roberto

          A couple of years ago, I contacted Joe Guzzardi (of Joe’s Pasta House) himself for a response as to brie being banned in the U.S.. Here’s what he had to say: The imported brie I am using is made from pasteurized cows milk. Brie made with unpasteurized milk is illegal for import according to the site I have since found out if the imported brie which I am using can be purchased in retail stores. It is readily available in many supermarkets as well as Sam’s club.


          1. Thanks Gil…unfortunately not all of Kirstin Jackson’s buttons are working but she is nevertheless an interesting site/sight with a cutesy book title!
            Aah, sweet memories of being introduced to “a” brie back in the ’90s; was addictive at the time. Alas, have it on my list to get some at WallyMart or several varieties offered at Trader Joe’s which is always interesting to stroll through. Bon Appetit

    1. 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. )

      1. 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.

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

          1. Thank you, Becky. “Hungry Hump Days” airs on Sunny 101.3 every Wednesday starting at about 6:15AM. In between segments, you can listen to 80s music.

        2. 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.

        3. 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.

          1. 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…

            1. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.)

  8. 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.

    1. I perused the online menus of every Indian restaurant in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and it appears none of them offer curd rice (aka yogurt rice and Masala curd rice).

  9. 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

  10. 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?)

      1. 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!

  11. ¡Hola!

    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

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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”

        1. Yes, to both topics we discussed on that comment stream:

          (1) Who created and is sustaining the guide to restaurants offering curbside/take-out meals? The guide BOTVOLR provided was created and maintained by Visit Albuquerque. The airtable grid view they used was a quick and easy way to track restaurants offering take-out or delivery during the lockdown.

          (2) Has anyone been to this place yet? I have yet to visit. Perhaps BOTVOLR has?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.