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Albuquerque New Mexican Recommendations?

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I'm interested in New Mexican cooking, and I have time enough on my upcoming visit for a dinner, a breakfast and a lunch.

Where should I go for the authentic flavor? Doesn't have to be fancy, just has to be good. I'd be particularly interested in a place that cooks with local and/or organic ingredients, but quality and authenticity are top priorities.

Thanks to everyone for your help.

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  1. Albuquerque hasn't really jumped on the locavore and/or organic bandwagon the way the coasts have. A lot of New Mexican cooking is de facto locavore, especially our green chile, much of which comes from the Rio Grande valley, but it's seldom discussed or promoted the way you see elsewhere in the country.

    Tasty New Mexican food is easily the single most asked-for thing on the board for ABQ, so a board search will be the best thing you can do. Some of the usual suspects are: Barela's, Padilla's, Mary and Tito's, Garcia's, the Frontier.

    The Grove has quite a bit of local and organic food, and is consistently delicious, but it's essentially a coast-style daytime cafe, and I think their NM-style dishes are almost certainly the dullest stuff on the menu.

    Jennifer James 101 is probably the most modern style upscale restaurant in town, employing a lot of the contemporary philosophy it sounds like you enjoy. That said, I find the QPR to be a little off; it's undeniably tasty, but not so much so that I feel much need to spend my money on it.

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    Jennifer James 101
    4615 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

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    1. re: finlero

      Thanks for that! I've been planning to check out Mary and Tito's for lunch, and the Frontier looks cool and fun also.
      What are your favorite Vietnamese places? I get the feeling Albuquerque may have some great ones.

      1. re: lowtones

        Again, a board search is really the best thing you could do, but to start you off:

        For straight ahead little-bit-of-everything Vietnamese, I like May Hong at Montgomery and Eubank. Big fan of their various pho and stews, my one complaint is that their spring rolls are a little underwhelming.

        For banh mi, I absolutely love Banh Mi Coda across the parking lot from Talin World Market at Central and Louisiana. My favorite is the grilled pork, but all the sandwiches are good, as well as the various drinks and bakery items. This area also seems to be the Vietnamese epicenter of ABQ, so if you're feeling adventurous, this would be the 'hood to try some stuff blind and (please, please) report back here.

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        May Hong
        9800 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste 14S, Albuquerque, NM 87111

        1. re: finlero

          I would pass Mary and Tito's for Frontier. Frontier has the best, fresh, hot tortillas in the state, and the atmosphere is one you won't find anywhere else.

          I will let finlero guide you on Thai.

          1. re: DebitNM

            I ended up going to Mary & Tito's and really enjoying a delicious plate of huevos rancheros with green chile. Next time I'll visit Frontier.

            BTW, last night my friends and I went to Budai, which was extremely enjoyable. I was with a friend of mine whose wife is Taiwanese and owns a restaurant in CT, and they go to Taiwan every year, and he vouched for the authenticity and flavor. I particularly enjoyed the won tons in hot sesame oil, the ribs, and the beef with jalapeƱo.

            Thanks to all of you on the Southwest board.

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            Budai
            6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109