Best of Burque 2012
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Best Growers' Market
Downtown Growers' Market
Eighth Street and Central NW
Saturdays mornings, June through October
A warm afternoon in Robinson Park, some just-picked sweet corn, a wedge of fresh goat cheese, a bag of ripe heirloom tomatoes and maybe some live bluegrass: This is the kind of thing Albuquerqueans dream of.
2) Los Ranchos Growers' Market
3) Corrales Growers' Market
Winning by a landslide, the community-supported agriculture service formerly known as Los Poblanos Organics makes it easy for customers to take home weekly deliveries of high-quality organic produce and groceries.
Keller’s Farm Stores2912 Eubank NE
6100 Coors NW, Suite H
Discerning carnivores rejoice over this long-standing purveyor of incredibly fresh (and humanely raised, chemical-free) meats and deli selections.
2) Nelson’s Meats
3) Tie: Sunflower Market, Whole Foods Market
Best Locally Made CondimentIt was hard to narrow this one down. Among the standouts: 505 green chile sauce, Aroma Fresca pesto, Heidi’s raspberry jam, Dion’s ranch dressing, Lusty Monk mustard and Cervantes’ red chile. Salsa loyalties were divided, natch, with shout-outs to El Pinto, Los Cuates, Monroe’s, Pedro’s and Sadie’s.
Golden Crown Panadería1103 Mountain NW
This Downtown-area panadería steals the baking crown thanks to its addictive green chile bread, its wide selection of fresh pizzas and its award-winning bread sculptures.
2) ABC Cake Shop
3) French Riviera Bakery
Best Specialty Grocery Store
Talin Market World Food Fare88 Louisiana SE
Lured perhaps by the new food truck gathering on Wednesday afternoons, ethnic-food-seeking shoppers knocked La Montañita Co-Op out of the top spot. Talin is clearly the place to go for Asian food, but the far-reaching selection of goods from Europe, South America and Africa makes this specialty superstore an Albuquerque essential.
2) Trader Joe's
3) Sunflower Market
Best Produce Selection
Sunflower MarketMultiple locations
The expanding Sunflower empire (four and counting in Albuquerque) impresses with its weekly cornucopia of bright, crisp fruits and vegetables. And let's not forget all those “Crazy Price” specials, which have readers gobbling up buckets of blueberries and sacks of strawberries.
2) Whole Foods Market
3) La Montañita Co-op
Best Wine Shop
Jubilation Fine Wine & Spirits3512 Lomas NE
Jubilation’s a safe bet for obscure craft beers, a vintage Highland Scotch or a great bottle of red. And the staff is knowledgeable and conversant to the point that you may just walk out fancying yourself a connoisseur.
2) Quarters Package Liquor
3) Trader Joe's