- Tully's - Italian delicatessan. Prosciutto, salami, parmesan,
pesto, fresh pasta, homemade lasagna, etc. San Mateo just north of
- Ta Lin - Asian supermarket. Fresh whole fish, asian vegetables,
udon, kimchi, curry paste, etc. Lousianna and Central.
- Yin Ching - Korean BBQ. Skip the Chinese food. Tell the waitress
you are there for Korean BBQ. I recommend the pork or chicken. Twenty
little dishes with various kinds of kimchi will soon cover the table.
Beer recommendation: Kirin Ichiban. Montgomery and Wyoming.
- El Norteno - Mexican (not New Mexican!) restaurant. The best
chicken mole in Albuquerque. Excellent corn tortillas and fish
tacos. Beer recommendation: Negra Modelo. Zuni, just east of San
- Yanni's - Greek restaurant. Excellent lamb shank. Central, just
east of Richmond.
- La Parrilla - A little shack across from Blake's on Isleta in the
South Valley (2 min. after it intersects Bridge). Say "Una torta de
lomo y una horchata grande por favor." A torta de lomo is a sandwich
consisting of salsa verde, avocado, mayonaisse, lettuce, tomato, and
thinly sliced grilled pork on a roll. Horchata is a sweet drink made
from rice and vanilla. It's worth the drive.
- Irysh Macs - They know how to make a proper espresso. Enough
said. On Yale.
- Scalo - The new menu, featuring smalls, mediums, and larges is
very convenient when sharing with a bunch of friends. Small: The flank
steak wrapped in butter lettuce. Medium: The hot sausage in a Guinness
glaze. Large: The poussin (a baby chicken), deboned with slices of
garlic under the skin, pressed under a weight, served with mushrooms
and pancetta. Wine recommendation: Ochoa tempranillo. Next to La
- Paisanos - The only Italian restaurant in Albuquerque (apart from
Carabas) which serves fresh pasta. The wild mushroom lasagna is
insanely great. On Eubank north of Candelaria.
- Il Vicino - Excellent pizza. Microbrews on tap. Central, just
east of Richmond.
- Minato - Excellent sushi (I am not kidding). Montgomery, near
- Church St. Cafe - New Mexican restaurant. Great for
breakfast. Excellent huevos rancheros, carne adobada. On Church St. in
- Wild Oats - Upscale organic supermarket. Best seafood and meats
in Albuquerque. Wide selection of fresh sausages. Little neck clams,
mussels, tuna steak, Alaskan sockeye salmon.
- Frontier - Student hangout/restaurant. Excellent fresh squeezed
orange juice, flour tortillas, carne adobada. Across from UNM
New Mexico Dining
- Gabriel's - By far the best Mexican restaurant in New Mexico.
Although they are famous for their guacamole (which they make to order
at your table), I go for the chicken mole. It is the Oaxacan kind,
very dark. Located on Rt. 11, 5 minutes north of the Sante Fe Opera.
Eating here makes my trips to Los Alamos worth the drive.