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

tatamagouche Oct 29, 2009 05:07 PM

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. Erich RE: tatamagouche Oct 30, 2009 10:25 AM

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

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      DebitNM RE: Erich Oct 31, 2009 08:28 PM

      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
        tatamagouche RE: DebitNM Nov 1, 2009 05:18 AM

        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 eye...it just looks so great. Anyone ever been?


        1. re: tatamagouche
          Erich RE: tatamagouche Nov 1, 2009 07:30 AM

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

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            sandiasingh RE: Erich Nov 1, 2009 07:38 AM

            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
              BigboyDan RE: sandiasingh Nov 1, 2009 09:23 PM

              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
                DebitNM RE: BigboyDan Nov 2, 2009 07:28 AM

                Dan - got some specifics in mind??

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