It's always happy hour when you consult your Spirit Guide. Your best friend for bar-hopping lets you in on the drink and food specials, tells you where the music is (and isn't) and helps you find the perfect spot. A great night out starts with Spirit Guide.
120 Harvard SE (University)
Mon-Fri: 11am-3:30pm, 5-8:30pm Sat:noon-8pm Closed Sunday (subject to change)
One barbecued eel bowl here will make you want to come down off the ledge. And nothing tastes better after a hectic afternoon than a huge bowl of Hawaiian shave ice covered with fruit syrup. After a successful 20-plus-year run in California, owner Lily Genka offers the UNM area delicious and healthy fare like cold soba noodles with Japanese mountain vegetables, fresh sashimi, baked squid and a bento box lunch so ample, we challenge you to finish the whole thing. Plenty of vegan options, too. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)