Alibi V.26 No.41 • Oct 12-18, 2017

Best of Burque Restaurants 2017

Miscellany

Spiciest Food

Ragin’ Shrimp

Well, they will offer to drown just about any meat (shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, crawfish, mussels, clams, alligator) in Cajun, curry, green chile, Jamaican and several other sauces. And those sauces come in mild, medium, hot or extra hot. Caution is recommended with that extra hot Jamaican. (DO’L)

2) Sadie’s

3) Thai Tip

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests

El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina

It’s located along the Rio Grande Bosque, it’s got a shaded patio, it serves 16 types of Margaritas and it sells its own brand of salsa. Yup, odds are your uncle Burt from Minneapolis is gonna be impressed. (DO’L)

2) Sadie’s

3) Frontier Restaurant

Best Bar Food

Sister Bar

This Downtown fave dishes up tacos and tater tots to accompany your booze. There are probably a few other things on the menu. But really, when you’ve got tacos (Asian pork? Calabacitas? Brisket?) and tater tots (covered in kimchi, cheddar and sriracha crema, please), you’re good. (DO’L)

2) Gecko’s Bar & Tapas

3) Two Fools Tavern

Best Fine Dining

Restaurant Antiquity

You can’t beat this longtime, white tablecloth, Old Town staple for charcoal-grilled steaks, seafood, foul, lamb, veal—basically all your predatory protein needs. Pile some mushrooms on that slab of meat, and you’re good to go. Just save room for dessert. (DO’L)

2) Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Best Late Night Eating

Frontier Restaurant

The sun has set, the bars are threatening to close, and your stomach is telling you you have miles to go before you sleep. You need sustenance. And stat. True, it hasn’t been open past 1am in years. But as long as you don’t stick around for last call, you can still score some huevos rancheros or a delicious Flame Burger at the good ol’ Frontier. (DO’L)

2) The Last Call

3) Cesar’s Mexican & Greek

Best Commitment to Local Ingredients

Farm & Table

Here in the Land of Enchantment, the ebb and flow of nature is closer than most places. We have a real wealth of local farms—with fresh fruit and veggies some big cities only dream about—and Farm & Table has taken advantage of that by dedicating themselves to a seasonal menu revolving around locally-sourced ingredients. (JL)

2) Flying Star Cafe

Best CSA

Skarsgard Farms

Whoever came up with subscription-based produce shopping should be given a kiss on the mouth and a trophy. Community Supported Agriculture makes life easier for the consumer and the farmer. And Skarsgard Farms even takes out all the effort by delivering it to your door. You can literally lie around your house like a loser and still eat right. (JL)

Best New Restaurant

Jambo Café

Santa Feans have been enjoying Jambo Café's exotic cuisine since 2009. For the lowly citizens of Albuquerque, overheard stories of fragrant African homestyle dinners were only rumors until earlier this year, when the stars deigned to align in our favor and finally deliver us from the same ol' same ol'. (JL)

Best Chef

Jennifer James

Albuquerque is blessed with a stable of up-and-coming chefs chomping at the bit to deliver original and unique dining experiences, but Jennifer James—the mind behind Nob Hill's popular Frenchish restaurant—is a clear front-runner. Her love of local ingredients and clean cooking shines through in all of her fresh and modern offerings. (JL)