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Jan 13, 2008 04:45 PM

Looking for Good food in Albuquerque

Will be in Albuquerque in one week. Looking for a great place to eat.
I do not want to have New Mexican or Mexican.

We have been told to try Pars, Zinc Wine Bar and Chama River Brewing Co. So I would love to hear anything you have to say about anyone of those.


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  1. These are all places I have eaten at and consider my favorites. I have not included any national chains. I hope you can use this info. I probably missed some;
    $$ means expensive; type of food is indicated if title of restaurant isn't clear; general location given. All are in ABQ proper unless otherwise noted. {This list is from an old post of mine, so there are Mexican and New Mexican places on it. Are you dead set against New Mexican?? It is not Mexican nor is it like Mexican that you may have had elsewhere}

    Local chains with mulitple locations:
    Garcia's Kitchen - New Mexican
    Little Anita's - New Mexican
    Flying Star - coffee, desserts, good food; eclectic
    Dions - pizza [best chain]
    Papa Johns - pizza
    Garduno's - mexican [pretty run of the mill]
    Weck's -breakfast
    Souper Salad
    [Don't bother with seafood, chinese as these just aren't worth it here]

    Abuelita's New Mexican Kitchen [about 25 minutes north of ABQ] on the way to Santa Fe

    Al's NYPD Pizza - downtown
    (505) 766-6973
    215 Central Ave Nw

    Ambrozia Cafe $$ contemporart[Old town]
    108 Rio Grande Blvd. NW,

    Artichoke Cafe $$- eclectic, contemporary American
    (505) 243-0200
    424 Central Ave SE

    Barelas Coffee House - New Mexican Food
    (505) 843-7577
    1502 4th St SW

    Casa de benavidez New Mexican - north valley [ 20 minutes ]
    8032 4th St. NW,

    Cervantes - New Mexican Food
    (505) 262-2253
    5801 Gibson Blvd Se [near airport]

    Duran's Central Pharmacy New Mexican/SW
    [old Town; don't let name fool you]
    1815 Central Ave. NW

    El Patio New Mexican/SW [Univ area]
    142 Harvard St. NE

    El Modelo Mexican Foods
    (505) 242-1843
    1715 2nd St Sw

    El Pinto New Mexican [20 minutes north of ABQ; on way to santa Fe]
    (505) 898-1771
    10500 4th St NW

    Graze $$ contemporary [Nob Hill]
    3128 Central Ave. SE

    Gold Street Cafe - american [downtown]
    218 Gold Ave. SW

    Frontier - new mexican, across from Univ. of NM
    (505) 266-0550
    2400 Central Ave SE

    Great American Land & Cattle $$ steak
    1550 Tramway Blvd NE

    Il Vicino Wood Oven pizza - Nob hill/University area
    [also various locations]
    (505) 266-7855
    3403 Central Ave NE

    La Crepe Michelle - french, in Old Town
    (505) 242-1251
    400 San Felipe St Nw

    Los Cuates New Mexican
    (505) 255-5079
    4901 Lomas Blvd NE

    The Melting Pot - fondue; in Old Town
    (505) 843-6358
    2011 Mountain Rd Nw

    Pars - mediterranean
    (505) 345-5156
    4320 25 Way NE [near movie complex at Jefferson & I 25]

    Powdrells BBQ
    (505) 298-6766
    11301 Central Ave Ne
    (505) 345-8086
    5209 4th St Nw

    Quarters - BBQ [near Airport]
    801 Yale Blvd. SE

    Ranchers Club $$
    ABQ Hilton
    1901 University Blvd. NE

    Range Cafe - new mexican and american [good]
    multiple locations
    (505) 293-2633
    4200 Wyoming Blvd Ne B2

    Robbs Ribbs BBQ
    (505) 884-7422
    3000 San Pdro Dr Ne Ste C

    Rudy's BBQ
    (505) 884-4000
    2321 Carlisle Blvd Ne

    Sadies -New Mexican
    (505) 345-5339
    6230 4th St NW

    Scalo - northern Italian $$ [Nob Hill]
    3500 Central Ave. SE

    Seasons Rotisserie & Grill $$ [Old Town]
    2031 Mountain Rd. NW,

    Yanni's - mediterranean/greek [Nob Hill/Univ area]
    (505) 268-9250
    3109 Central Ave Ne

    Zinc Wine Bar $$ contemporary [Nob Hill]
    3009 Central Ave. NE

    Rt. 66 Diner [not my favorite, but has it's fans] [west of Univ. area]
    1405 Central Ave. NE


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    1. re: DebitNM

      Sorry, I meant to take Graze off the list as I believe they have closed.

    2. Pick up a copy of a guidebook called "Culinary New Mexico" by Sally Moore. It's got all sorts of restaurant into, as well as other food resources. Mostly Albuquerque and Santa Fe (only an hour or north of ALB and worh a side trip).

      1. You also might try Gil's Thrilling Web-site. It'll provide you with some insight into
        ABQ and NM restaurants.

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        1. re: high desert chow

          Definitely go to Gil's site. He covers everything. And don't overlook his recommendations in the great little town of Corrales, just acrosss the Rio Grande.

          Jerry Saywell