Albuquerque Restaurant Guide -- my favorites

Sep 8th, 2008, 02:40 AM
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Oh, forgot to ask... Any closure updates for any of the previously mentioned restaurants?


I hope that they are all still in business!

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Sep 8th, 2008, 06:10 AM
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Updating of the list is on my to do list, and since I will have some time while in Ablqueruqe awaiting the birth of my granddaughter, this will be bumped to top of list.

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Sep 8th, 2008, 01:59 PM
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Yea for happy grandmothers with babies to spoil!

Is this grandbaby #1?

Thanks, Deb.

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Sep 8th, 2008, 03:52 PM
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I don't have any updates, but I'm looking forward to hearing that your granddaughter has arrived safely, Deb!

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Sep 8th, 2008, 03:59 PM
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Right after I posted, I thought of a good lunch place.

Relish, on Menaul west of Wyoming, has great sandwiches and salads and an outstanding array of cheeses from around the world. I believe they have a location downtown as well.

Jennifer James, formerly of Graze, has opened a new restaurant. I think it's called Jennifer James 101.

Sadly, Le Cafe Miche is closed. It was one of our favorite restaurants.

Lee Ann

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Oct 2nd, 2008, 08:19 AM
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On our last visit during the Balloon Fiesta we went to a fantastic Mexican restaurant, but cannot remember the name. It was near Fiesta Park and had a nice outdoor courtyard with small ponds with goldfish and a very friendly cat. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 09:30 AM
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There are lots in the area, but the closest one is actually on the southwest corner of the field - Gardunos. Is that the one? El Pinto on Fourth north of Alameda is another one; it is less than 10 minute drive from Fiesta field.

Hope this helps,
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 11:42 AM
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Thanks. We'll do a drive by to both of those to see if they look familiar. Thanks!
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Oct 5th, 2008, 05:44 PM
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Any of these places have some good vegetarian offerings? My BF and I will be able to have dinner in ABQ on our last night and then breakfast the following morning on the way to the airport. Would Frontier be a good place for me?

Only 6 more days until I go and I'm getting excited!
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Oct 5th, 2008, 07:19 PM
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Sorry to avoid the vegetarian question above, but a quick blurb review: just had a fantastic burger at O'Neils tonight: the "Black and Bleu" burger, which I was told is the owner's favorite. Nice place. Don't know if they have vegetarian options...

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Oct 5th, 2008, 07:35 PM
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Frontier would be a great choice for breakfast. Get a breakfast burrito with red chile over. I prefer green and I don't think it has meat in i. Ask to be sure. Garcia's [many locations] also has good breakfast burritos and their green is meat free.

I can't help too much with dinner places that are vegetarian per se, but most new mexican places will have things that are meatless.

Andrew, you were 5 minutes away from me while dining at ONeil's! We love their bugers - the cheeseburger in paradise is DH's favorite.

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Oct 6th, 2008, 03:51 PM
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hikrchick, almost every restaurant in town will have at least one vegetarian option.

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Oct 6th, 2008, 07:01 PM
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I found two new great restaurants while in ABQ for Fiesta.


The Range - The Range Quesadillas are delicious! Also, be sure to pick up something from the bakery for a treat later in the day. We are guilty of getting two treats... shhhh... The pecan rolls were beyond decadent and the cookies were quite good. Be sure to have someone help you finish the pecan roll or you will have a sugar buzz for weeks!


Il Vicino - Great wood oven pizza. I don't think I've ever had pizza so good in the states. If someone can tell me a similar place in Houston, I'll go in a jiffy!

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Oct 6th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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LOL - I just went back and looked at the original post. DebitNM beat me to both restaurants. Looks like I'm just seconding the motion!
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Oct 6th, 2008, 07:39 PM
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moldyhotelsaregross: Il Vicino - Great wood oven pizza. I don't think I've ever had pizza so good in the states. If someone can tell me a similar place in Houston, I'll go in a jiffy!

Just ate there about two hours ago (first time). In fact...I'm munching on some leftover slices right now.

Yeah, very good pizza. It's "European Style" as I call it, because I've had this kind of pizza several places in Europe over the years. Thin crust. To be fair, though, it's not quite the NY-style that I grew up with on the east coast and most enjoy. (Any recommendations for that in ABQ, Deb?) Saggio's is a fun place but the pizza is very average.

The best NY style pizza I've had (outside of the east coast) recently has been in Eugene, Oregon, at the U of Oregon campus, at a little campus dive called Sy's. That's really the closest I've found to authentic NY-style pizza in Oregon.
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Oct 6th, 2008, 08:12 PM
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We had lunch at Il Vincino this afternoon! Again Andrew, you were literally right around the corner from me! They have the BEST root beer {DH says their beer is pretty good too <grin>}

Deb


NY style pizza - Venezia'a is the closest thing. San Mateo and Montgomery or on 528 in Rio Rancho near Intel.

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Oct 8th, 2008, 07:49 AM
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bookmarking!

My cousin is getting married in May - the one who lives in ABQ.
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Oct 9th, 2008, 02:26 PM
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I think it's funny how we are all so close to bumping into one another!

I did bump into Deb on another website where she was making restaurant suggestions.
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Oct 15th, 2008, 07:10 AM
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On my recent month long visit to ABQ - I enjoyed some old favorites and found some new ones worthy of a nod:

For excellent Thai food, try Orchid Thai on Central and Washington, just east of Nob Hill. All 3 of us agreed that the food was well prepared, spiced well [and served with the heat we had requested] and nicely presented. The prices were good and although it was a bit late, the place was busy and the service was good.

We had a coconut soup; tofu appetizer; beef and cucumber salad and green curry with chicken [sorry, I am not good with the Thai names and can't read the menu on website for proper names. Each dish came with the degree of heat each person requested.

http://www.orchidthaicuisine.com/
4300 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-4047

We had a lovely dinner at La Provence Brasserie [Also on Central] in Nob Hill.

www.laprovencenobhill.com

3001 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 254-7644

I started with a Salade Maison, which was very good with lots of wonderful olives. Their bread was perfect but the butter could have been a bit softer [that would be my only complaint].

My husband and his friend split an order of Moules, which they loved.

I had Steak Frites with Bordelaise sauce and pommes frites; a classic and well prepared.

Husband had stuffed flounder [with crabcake stuffing] that he loved and his friend had a chicken provence. We also ordered parmesan truffle fries which were amazing!!

Il Vicino was great as always. I went there way too many times this trip. {Central in Nob Hill}.

{Frontier, Flying Star, Bubmlebee's all saw me on a frequent basis too.}

Check these places out, they are really worthwhile.
Deb

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Deb, where do you live?
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