Restaurant Guide–Albuquerque

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)


ABC Chinese–8720 Menaul Blvd. NE (Chinese) Open daily except Mon lunch.  Authentic Cantonese style Chinese. This place serves inexpensive, home style Chinese food (authentic food is on the blue menu). Skip the regular menu (this mainly has negative reviews). (4-1-17)

Ajicao–3216 Silver Ave. SE (Colombian) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Good quality and authentic Colombian food. (4-1-17)

Amore–3600 Cutler Ave. NE (Pizza) Open Daily.  Authentic Neapolitan pizza, backed up by an APN certification (I had not heard of this, but Amore got it by cooking pizza in a 900 degree wood burning oven, Italian flour, and house made mozzarella).  The sauce is made of more plain ingredients than in American style pizzas, and this may be a reason diners can experience such a great appreciation of the crust, cheese, and toppings (when they are as good as these are). (2-29-16)

Annie’s Soup Kitchen–3107 Eubank Blvd. NE (Sandwiches) Open 8 am to 2 pm (closed Mon).  I’m including this because I was a frequent customer a number of years ago, and it is still going strong with positive reviews.  Popular for breakfast, but I knew it for its soups and sandwiches. (2-29-16)

Artichoke Cafe–424 Central Ave. SE (New American) Dinner Tue-Sun; Lunch Mon-Fri.  Highly regarded white tablecloth restaurant (one $ short of being excluded from this list because of being too high end). (10-31-15)

Budai–6300 San Mateo NE (Chinese) Closed Mon & Tue.  Authentic Chinese–Has 3 cup chicken, dim sum. (4-1-17)

Cafe Da Lat–5616 Central Ave. NE (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Vietnamese with a traditional menu (not just pho).  Until recently (with the opening of Budai), Vietnamese food was reputed to be the best Asian cuisine in ABQ (and Gil says Da Lat is the best of the Vietnamese). (10-31-15)

El Modelo–1715 2nd St. SW (New Mexican) Open daily 7 am to 7 pm (take out only except for an outdoor patio).  One of my two favorite places for stuffed sopapillas. However, most people recommend other items (such as tamales), so it seems everything is good. (4-1-17)

Frontier–2400 Central Ave. SE (New Mexican) Open daily 5 am to 1 am.  Green chile stew, breakfast burrito, carne adovada, green chile cheeseburger.  This is a diner where you can get Mexican food or American food with green chile on it (and most people choose one of these two options). (2-29-16)

Karibu Cafe–3107 Eubank NE (Tanzanian) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Started out as a food truck in Rio Rancho, now has expanded to include a small restaurant in Scottsdale Village shopping center.  Food is African, but has a strong Indian influence.  Also has some Caribbean dishes.  Some reviewers say it is very hard to find truly good restaurants in ABQ, but that this is one of them. (2-29-16)

Magokoro–5614 Menaul Blvd. NE (Japanese) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 3 to 5:30 pm).  Has a full menu of Japanese food (not just sushi).  Recommended items include Japanese curry (available at lunch only), ramen, and tuna soba. (2-29-16)

Mary & Tito’s–2711 4th St. NW (New Mexican) Closed Sun (closes at 6:00 PM Mon-Thu; 8:00 Fri & Sat).  This has long been Gil’s no. 1 recommendation for New Mexican food (he likes carne adovada and red chile). Others also especially like the chile relleno and stuffed sopapilla (this is available with carne adovada inside). (3-29-18)

Ming Dynasty–1551 Eubank NE (Chinese) Closed Tue.  Dim sum is popular-reviewers say the best time for this is Sun. lunch (people familiar with Cal. dim sum, though, say the one here should be rated about 3 out of 5). Some of the regular menu items look good. Has dishes with plum sauce (something I want to try). (4-1-17)

Monroe’s–6051 Osuna Rd. NE (New Mexican) Open Daily.  I was impressed by the blue corn enchiladas, but not so much by the stuffed sopaipillas. (4-1-17)

Pad Thai–110 Louisiana Blvd. SE (Thai) Closed Tue (and closes at 7 pm on Sun).  This is no ordinary Thai restaurant–it specializes in Isan cuisine from the northeast part of the country (probably my favorite from the little I have been able to sample). This is a casual and inexpensive restaurant. (4-1-17)

Perea’s–1140 Juan Tabo NE (New Mexican) Open for breakfast & lunch daily (dinner Wed-Sat).  The breakfasts I had at the old Central Ave. location were some of the best I have ever had. (4-1-17)

Red Rock Deli–13025 Lomas Blvd. NE (Polish).  With multiple visits to this relatively new Polish market and restaurant, Gil gives it his endorsement, comparing it to similar places in Chicago.  Italian beef sandwich, hot dogs, polish sandwich, and pierogies are among the recommendations. (3-29-18)

Saigon–6001 San Mateo Blvd. NE (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  In searching for the highest rated restaurants in Rio Rancho, I found out that one of them is actually Saigon 2, a branch of this one (which gets very good ratings from Gil as well as on Yelp).  Has a large Vietnamese menu that is unusual for the Southwest, and I think will be very satisfying. (2-29-16)

Sakura Sushi–4200 Wyoming NE (Lao) Open Daily.  I understand the real standout here is the Lao food (but many like the sushi as well). (4-1-17)

Talking Drums–1606 Central Ave. SE (West African) Closed Sun & Mon. Reviews for the vegetarian dinners are very good (but they serve meat dishes also). (4-1-17)

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

Casa de Benavides–8032 4th St. NW (New Mexican) Open Daily except Sun. night.  A favorite with locals. May be the least publicized top tier New Mexican rest. in ABQ. Stuffed sopapillas and breakfast burritos are recommended. (4-1-17)

Sadie’s–6230 4th St. NW (New Mexican) Open Daily.  When I went they had some minor problems with the execution (food not heated enough, etc.), but they fixed it and the food was excellent. This is one of the city’s old standbys. (4-1-17)

Taste of Himalayas–7520 4th St. NW (Nepalese) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Very good food (but some like the Indian food better than the Nepali dishes).  Some report that as of Feb 2016 the restaurant might be closed, but I cannot confirm this. (2-29-16)

Rio Rancho

Joe’s Pasta House–3201 Southern Blvd. SE (Italian) Open daily (but closes at 7:30 pm on Sunday).  Serves “real” Italian food.  It seems that Gil hasn’t found a menu item yet that is not worthy of a “best bet” designation.  $$ to $$$ (depending on the dish). (2-29-16)

Namaste–1520 Deborah Rd. SE (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  One of several Indian and Nepali restaurants in ABQ and the Mountain West area, but Gil particularly likes the flavor of the food here. (2-29-16)


Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.



Chowhound (Albuquerque)

Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog

New Mexico Magazine “2016 Readers’ Poll Winners” (Mar. 2016)

New Mexico Magazine “Hidden NM” and “Tasting NM” (Jul. 2016)

New Mexico Magazine “Readers’ Choice Dining Awards 2017” (Mar. 2017) (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Albuquerque)

Zomato (Albuquerque)

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