This neighborhood gathering place is just behind Charlie's Front Door. Although this is a bar, your senses say you are someplace a little different. The wafting aroma of Mexican food drifts among the smoke and laughter, and plates of tempting, cheese-smothered fare zoom by on their way to an eager, hungry customer. Charlie's carnitas were recently voted Albuquerque's best and they are available as a meal all to themselves or with a bowl of red or green chile.
This little bakery and cafe offers sweet morning pastries, delicious fresh salads and lunches. The place literally sparkles with black tile floors and green and white tablecloths held down with fresh-cut-flower-stuffed vases. The eclairs are crammed full of fluffy sweet creams and fruits. A fruit tarte, will make everyone at the office love you for a day. On the way home from work, you can stop in for a family-sized chicken tarragon salad. Catering is also available.
In 1975, Joseph Camuglia opened this restaurant and the family has been spreading fine Italian food over fresh, homemade pasta ever since. The homemade pasta is the best. The Alfredo is the smoothest you will encounter and the pesto is oily, spicy and heavy, as it should be. The linguini in clam sauce is filling and savory. Spaghetti marinara with boulder-like meatballs running about a buck each. In all dishes, fresh herbs dominate the senses and create a melding of flavors that reveal the expertise in the kitchen.
Samurai Grill & Sushi Bar restaurant offers wonderful food accompanied by good theater. Some Teppan kitchens and sushi bars concentrate on style forgetting substance, but there is no need to worry about that here. The servings are more than adequate whether you choose the sushi bar, or the more formal Teppan grill. Some of the Sashimi specials are priced for the big spender with price tags from USD69 to USD120. Each meal comes with soup, salad, fried rice and assorted vegetables.
If you are in a hurry, but are not interested a burger and fries, the Tomato Cafe is the answer. Local business people frequent this place because of the quick service and consistently flavorful food. Moms-on-a-budget like it here because the prices are reasonable and there is something on the menu for even the pickiest teenager. But in spite of the prices and quick delivery, this cafe maintains a comfortable, unhurried atmosphere where you can dine without worrying about taking extra poundage home.
Don't let the name fool you. There is not a single mention of soup on this restaurant's menu. What it does specialize in, is breakfast any way you want it, a little, or a lot. The menu offers staples like biscuits and gravy, eggs cooked anyway imaginable and pancakes or French toast. Order the Gonzo, a pile of home fries, bacon and green chile covered with cheese and an egg, a popular favorite or a Blackberry Crepe stuffed with sweetened creme cheese-and you definitely would return for some more!
Knotty pine paneling and cowboy prints add to the rustic atmosphere. Try the Cajun T-bone Steak, Teriyaki Top Sirloin, Grilled Prawns or one of their chicken entrees. Come with an appetite, as the servings are hearty, but save room for some of their chocolate fudge cake with ice cream and hot fudge sauce. The full service bar stocks an impressive number of imported and domestic beers and wines. If you prefer a cocktail try one of the signature drinks like the Square Cow Cooler or Golden Margarita.
2110 Juan Tabo Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87112
If you are in the mood for fresh, homemade New Mexican food, El Mariachi is the place to choose. A favorite of local businessmen and families alike, this restaurant serves meals in the dining room, or you can place a carry-out order. This restaurant is tastefully decorated in traditional Mexican and New Mexican style. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and is always fresh. The chilli products are not for the sweet tooth, and can sometimes be hot enough to test even the most cast-iron taste buds!
For food with flair try this little oasis. Since 1979 the owner/chef has specialized in favorite dishes of America, France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Meals are prepared with beef, chicken lamb and pork. Colorful and beautifully prepared vegetarian dishes are also offered. The atmosphere is quiet and casual with a full service bar available. Daily and monthly specials like Greek style lamb and green beans and Cartoccio, which is a combination, Italian seafood platter or Spanish paella and Greek roasted leg of lamb are delicious.
9800 Montgomery Boulevard Northeast Suite 2 Albuquerque, NM 87111
This family owned and operated restaurant has quite a loyal customer base. The menu here consists of three pages of Vietnamese specialty dishes. The spring rolls are a great appetizer. The most popular item on the menu is the Chicken Lemon Grass. The people who order this regularly have even earned a name, the J-21ers, for the item number on the menu. This is a large platter of diced chicken sautéed in lemon grass and a spicy marinade with white rice. Vietnamese beer is offered as well as domestic beer.
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