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lilygirl Jan 6, 2007 03:21 AM

I'm planning a trip to Albuquerque area next week ... any recommendations?

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  1. GroovinGourmet RE: lilygirl Jan 6, 2007 12:53 PM

    Depends on what you want to eat?

    If I'm in ABQ I'm focused on New Mex Mex...why would I want to eat anything else that I can get anywhere else?

    My favorite spots are:

    Perea's - Breakfast/lunch only. HOT salsa, KILLER refrieds, HOT green chile, excellent adovada.

    Sadie's - Big, noisy and some longstanding fans think they've gone corporate, but I love the place. Salsa hotter than Perea's, but still with excellent flavor. HUGE servings. Papitas (little fried potato cubes) smothered in green chile son muy sabroso!

    The Frontier - ABQ's quirky 24-hour joint. Good burgers, tortilla soup with shredded chicken is wonderful, especially spiked with their HOT green chile salsa

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      JDBlagg RE: lilygirl Jan 6, 2007 05:51 PM

      I would definitely second Perea's for breakfast.

      1. Grey RE: lilygirl Jan 6, 2007 07:39 PM

        Frontier is definitely an ABQ institution. Great for a quick, casual bite. Great breakfast, late night dining, etc.--

        Again, depends on what you're looking for. Fine dining? Ethnic? Sushi? I also agree New Mexican, Mexican should always be at the top of any visitor's list.

        Besides Frontier, for fast casual I'd also recommend the great small local chain Flying Star--

        And, the hidden gem that is Sophia's. Nothing fancy, but some very high-quality, mostly organic eats--
        (west side of 4th St, quarter mile south of Osuna


        For fine dining, I'd definitely suggest Graze in the Nobhill neighborhood (Central Ave just east of the university)--

        Gil's Thrilling Website is also a good point of reference for Albuquerque dining--

        1. tastyjon RE: lilygirl Jan 11, 2007 01:57 AM

          El Patio

          It's a little eatery in an older converted house near campus.

          Fantastic salsa, red and green chiles. If you order an enchilada plate, you can try the salsa with chips and ask them to smother the enches half & half - getting a bit of all three.

          I teared up from the heat and the hapiness. It's creaky, you might sit in a hallway, the servers can be tempermental based on their finals, but the food is what I love about NM-style Mexican. I can't advise you on sushi, thai, etc. as I don't live there. I can get those at home. What I wanted was red/green sauce with a bang. El Patio delivered.

          Frontier was also great. Again, nothing fancy. In fact it's kind or retro cheesy. But great eats. Go to both... why not? They are very fairly priced.

          El Patio is at 142 Harvard SE.

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            scottso RE: lilygirl Jan 11, 2007 11:20 PM

            I've gotta say, Flying Star continues to disappiont. Pies and cakes are not what they used to be,, brulee is lacking. I had a boring chicken pot pie with a very watery sauce and not much chicken for ten bucks, Yesterday, I had a seafood gumbo and it was very hard to see any seafood (there were four tiny bay shrimp, period). Very nice decor, but, I just don't get the mystique. It's totally overrated and overpriced and lots of my friends and clients want to meet and eat there.

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              paoconnell RE: scottso Jan 21, 2007 06:10 PM

              You have to pick and choose at Flying Star. Coffee there (or at the associated Satellite coffee joints) is much better than Starbucks. The pies (especially Key Lime) are to die for; cookies too. The chicken pot pie used to be good, but now I agree with you--not so hot.

              The Frontier is still excellent. Java Joe's, on Park Ave. just east of 10th Street (west of Downtown Abq) has great coffee and very good burritos, sandwiches and the like.

              Sadie's is excellent; it's at 4th and Solar in the North Valley. Be prepared for big food, and leftovers.

              Two diners I never hear mentioned here: Loyola's on east Central east of Washington (New Mex diner food, open for breakfast and lunch), and Murphy's Mule Barn on 2nd St a block north of Alameda (NewMex breakfast and diner food--big portions, come hungry).

              Bar with great food: O'Neill's, near Central and Washington. Disclosure: my daughter is a waitress there. Try the burgers and the soups.

            2. tenacity RE: lilygirl Jan 12, 2007 02:04 PM

              Flying Star's "brulee" has always been in a pastry shell (wrong!) and pre-fired (double-wrong!) so that the next effect is of a caramel-topped custard pie.

              Would they label it Caramel-Topped Custard Pie, that would be fine with me. But no....

              In general, I have had more inconsistent performances out of Flying Star as time goes on. Soggy Monte Cristos, undercooked or woefully under-blueberried pancakes, bland salads.... hmph.

              HOWEVER, the coffee is some of the best in town - I can even drink it black. People-watching is always great, but unfortunately they cannot survive if everyone was like me, sipping their $2.25 coffee for 3 hours and reading magazines. Triple ginger cookies are also wonderful.

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                scottso RE: tenacity Jan 12, 2007 04:42 PM

                The funny thing is, most folks here don't even notice the place has slipped drastically. Go figure!

              2. potbelliedkiln RE: lilygirl Jan 12, 2007 09:46 PM

                Maybe too late but, a good place to eat for non-New Mexican Food is Chow's Asian Bistro in the Cottonwood Mall. It's sort of a asian fusion type of cuisine and very refreshing and different for asian. Try the Wasabi Shrimp, if you're not afraid, it's excellent! When in Albuquerque we go there all the time.

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                  baltodog RE: lilygirl Jan 13, 2007 01:42 PM

                  Mary and Tito's, on 4th Street, north of Menaul. Lunch time. Anything with the red sauce.

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                    austinguy RE: lilygirl Jan 14, 2007 02:14 AM

                    +1 for Mary and Tito's, but I have to add "or anything with the green sauce" ;-) Even better, just say Christmas and get half of each.

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                      StewartsDinDin RE: lilygirl Jan 20, 2007 09:39 PM

                      LilyGirl: Where did you go and is it worth following you? I have a one-shot dinner opportunity in ABQ on Wednesday evening.

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                        lilygirl RE: lilygirl Jan 22, 2007 01:45 AM


                        I went with "Groovin Gourmets" January 6 posting and all three were winners ... don't miss Perea's (anything with green chile) and save room for the sopapillas with honey for dessert.

                        I'd also recommend Barela's Coffee House :
                        Barelas Coffee House (red chile enchiladas were divine)
                        1502 4th Street Southwest
                        Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico) 87102-4319
                        Phone: (505) 843-7577

                        Call all establishments first ... for whatever reason alot of restaurants are only open for breakfast and lunch ... i think that's the case with Pereas.

                        Buen Provecho!

                        1. Bronco Billy RE: lilygirl Jan 26, 2007 11:52 AM

                          Paul's Monterey Inn on Juan Tabo for steak and Cervantes on Gibson near the Sunport for Mexican food.

                          1. tattud_gurl RE: lilygirl Jan 26, 2007 12:11 PM

                            I have to add my 2 cents worth.
                            Frontier for huevos rancheros and huge cinnamon rolls.

                            AmerAsia. I have been eating here for over 20 years and everytime I come back to ABQ...I live in AZ now....I go straight from the airport to Amerasia for dim sum.

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