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Oct 29, 2009 05:07 PM

Best neighborhood for eating in ABQ *besides* Nob Hill?

What do you all think? When it comes to a) density, b) variety c) quality of restaurants, is Nob Hill still tops, with Downtown now a close 2nd? Or what?

I'm not a local, but I visit a lot, and just want to be sure I know my nabes. Thx!

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  1. We happily travel all over the city to eat at specific restaurants. I don't think there IS a neighborhood that's "best."

    6 Replies
    1. re: Erich

      I think Nob Hill has the most quality restaurants that are in close proximity to one another. ABQ is spread out, with good restaurants all over town. Luckily, it is still pretty easy to get from one place to another with no too much effort.

      Corrales has some nice places that are pretty close to each other. But most of the true neighborhoods, you won't find "lots" of places to eat close to one another; just those little gems you find here and there.


      1. re: DebitNM

        Thanks, guys. I'm just really impressed by what's happened to downtown in the past few years. Seemed like it was a wasteland except for Artichoke and now there are so many places of all different kinds in all directions...

        Speaking of which, last time I was there this place caught my just looks so great. Anyone ever been?

        1. re: tatamagouche

          Gertrude's house or El Madrid? Haven't been to the Madrid since '92 or so . . . .

          1. re: Erich

            I think the Madrid is a bit dicey, but it does have a colorful rep.

            The Standard Diner on Central, down from the Artichoke, is pretty good for a nice lunch--very casual. They own the Range Cafe Group and I think they're opening a new place called the Cowboy Grill or something as well as a Range at the airport.

            Standard Diner
            320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

            1. re: sandiasingh

              Try the Academy at San Mateo area, draw a 1/2 mile circle around that corner on a map, lots of good restaurants.

              1. re: BigboyDan

                Dan - got some specifics in mind??