3401 Candelaria Road North East Albuquerque, NM 87107
This eatery is bright, clean and contemporary and displays a huge variety of nostalgic, metal signs on the walls. The deli sandwiches are made with a choice of a variety of breads and feature savory hot pastrami, chicken, sliced turkey, green chili, hot prime roast beef, provolone and corned beef. The grilled chicken salads sell for around USD6 and are served-up in a huge salad bowl with croutons and delicious pieces of chicken. The breakfasts are very popular with the nearby business districts and boast the Biggest Breakfast Burrito in town.
To reason that this restaurant is only popular because of its budget-happy prices would be a slanderous insult to the kitchen. The menu specializes in authentic New Mexican fare featuring popular choices as chicken tacos, hefty enchiladas, and a Chile Relleno that comes so smothered in cheese that one wonders if perhaps the chef has direct ties with the Wisconsin cheese industry. If the tongue begs for something other than Mexican there is also a decent selection of burgers and sandwiches. Beer and wine is available.
Drink and eat in your car at the drive-in and let carhops serve you or go inside the 1950s style diner. The atmosphere is comfortable and cozy, the service is friendly and the food is tasty. Delicious breakfast burritos are popular items on the morning menu. Pancakes are big and made just right. The grill is going strong for lunch and dinner, whipping up things like chicken fried steak and the Disaster Burrito, chicken or beef burritos, smothered with chilly and a mound of curly fries and garnish. Ice cream, sundaes, pie and a children's menu are also offered.
There is no need to wander south of the border when one can enjoy great Mariachi music, great food and great margaritas in Albuquerque's own backyard. The menu, not surprisingly, offers a wide array of Mexican favorites ranging from sizzling fajitas to burritos the size of rolled up beach towels. For the indecisive the combination plate featuring tamales, tacos, rolled enchiladas, burritos and pasole is a fine choice. A children's menu makes it family friendly. Sunday brunch is very popular. Garduno's of Mexico opens at 11am daily.
Buca di Beppo is a name synonymous with fun family times shared over great Italian food in a lively atmosphere. Located in uptown Albuquerque, this restaurant is the perfect venue if you're looking for Italian food that fits your budget without scrimping on flavors or authenticity. Like every Buca di Beppo joint, even this eatery is decorated in warm hues with framed photographs and mosaics lining up the wall. Service is friendly and the menu will certainly leave you spoiled for choice. Must-trys would have to be the Pizza con Formaggio, Veal Parmigiana, Chicken Marsala, Penne alla Vodka and Tiramisu. Best Enjoyed with good company; walk-ins are welcomed.
4214 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM 87108
Desert Fish invites you to experience some of the best seafood dishes in a comfortable and casual environment. Tucked in the Nob Hill area, this restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite since opening in late 2010. The elegant ambiance and cordial service make dining even more pleasurable. The menu boasts of the freshest and finest seafood creations like the Dungeness Crab, Clam Chowder, Cioppino and Gravlax Ravioli apart from fresh Oysters. To wash down the seafood they also offer an exceptional wine list and crafted cocktails. Live music nights are occasionally hosted; watch out for the happy hours.
4200 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM 87108
Cosmo Tapas brings Spanish-style tapas in a lively and casual atmosphere to the Nob Hill area. Friendly service and consistent quality make this neighborhood restaurant a favorite not just with locals but also tourists. The well laid-out menu lists a variety of Tapas-style dishes, ranging from traditional specialties to innovative creations. Meat and seafood are predominant, while vegetarian choices are also offered. Must-trys include the Jamon Iberico Plate, Ceviche, Coconut Shrimp, Fried Empanadas and Lamb Sliders. Libations flow freely and robust wines make for perfect pairings with the small plates. Reserve ahead and enjoy great food, drinks and music with good company.
Gyros Mediterranean features Greek and Middle Eastern food served in an eat-in cafe or as take-out. Join the scores of University of New Mexico students who have been crossing Central Avenue to grab a quick, filling gyro here since the early 1980s. Besides the beef and lamb-packed gyros, the menu is also full of soup and salad options. If you are eating in and fancy an appetizer, try the Saganaki: a bubbling hunk of cheese cooked in front of you. For dessert, Baklava is a must, or for a real indulgence, sample the Chocolava: delicious chocolate-covered Baklava. -Pip Lustgarten
2216 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM 87106
Being the closest drinking spot to the University of New Mexico, this pizza and beer joint is predictably popular with the student crowd. Those wanting to avoid large groups of frat boys would do well to stay away on busy weekend evenings, but Brickyard Pizza is nevertheless a convenient place to stop in for a slice when you are in the university neighborhood. Build your own pizza (slice, individual or to share) or opt instead for subs, lasagna, salads or chicken wings. A basic wine and draft and bottled beer menu compliments your pizza, and beer and slice specials are usually offered. -Pip Lustgarten
3200 Central Avenue Southeast Albuquerque, NM 87102
So you're in the mood for sizzling meats but your dining partner is hungering after some delicious cold sushi? The Korean BBQ House can meet both your needs! Carnivores can put together their own combination of meats in spicy barbecue sauce, while fish fans can marvel at the attractively presented sushi, decorated with flowers and drizzled with sauces. Vegetarians needn't feel left out either, as the Korean BBQ House endeavors to cater to their needs on its sushi menu. Perhaps better suited to groups and casual dining rather than an intimate date, Korean BBQ House has long communal tables, both inside and on its large outdoor patio. - Pip Lustgarten
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