Albuquerque: Best of?
I will be in Albuquerque this coming weekend, and am looking for the best of the following:
-mexican (not New Mexican)
-pizza (I'm from New York)
-middle eastern or any other notable ethnic cuisines
I am looking for something akin in quality to Barrio Cafe and Pizzeria Bianco in PHX. Any ideas for a spectacular, non-pretentious culinary extravaganza in ABQ??
Try the enchiladas at El Patio. Beans, rice, corn tortillas surrounding a filling.
It seems a typical Mexican dish but has the New Mexico spin. The Wow factor is in the sauce(s).
In most of the Southwest, it's rare to get a choice. The typical bland, brown stuff is painted on. Or they might offer a green variety, which is often a change of pace, but not of blah taste.
Patriotic New Mexicans will debate what makes a good red versus green sauce with the same passion as NY Pizza vs. Chicago. Or Memphis BBQ versus Texas versus K.C.
Regardless, get the enchiladas and have one smothered green, the other red. They'll split it up. And you'll be in heaven.
I'll defer to the locals for other advice.
Not pizza, not Mexican, not Thai, and not Middle Eastern, but still the best meal in Albuquerque:
Don't miss it.
Best NY style pizza is Giovanni's on San Pedro SE. It's better than many NY pizzas I get in NY. Make sure you go when the owner, Rosario, is working, or I can't vouch for what you get.
Middle Eastern is tough - best Palestinian is probably Petra on Harvard SE. Best Persian (only Persian?) is Pars Cuisine on the I-25 frontage road near Jefferson NE.
Can't speak to best Mexican - I like Ruben's Grill on Candelaria NE just E of Eubank for antojito-type stuff. El Norteño can be a little more cerebral - depends on who's cooking.
Can't speak to best Thai - there's a lot of good Thai. Good Vietnamese, too.