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 Dec 8 - 14, 2005 
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The Dish

All the News That's Fit to Eat

By Laura Marrich

We Have a Winner!—Congratulations to Jason Archuleta for correctly answering all the components of last week's food section quiz and puzzle! Jason emerges $50 richer in Wild Oats groceries and Belgian chocolates, and is the proud new owner of a FirmGrip Straight Peeler by Edge Resources. Way to go, bro!

Starky's ABQ Has Moved into the Old Assets Space at Montgomery and Louisiana—Assets closed its doors without much fuss on Aug. 22 of this year, and new tenants, Starky's ABQ, are now open for business. The Starky's menu is largely sandwiches, pastas, salads and daily specials, with some fancier fare thrown in at dinnertime. Starky's is one of the few places in town you can get tableside steak Dianne, as well as a more casual spinach salad that's tossed with hot bacon dressing right in front of your eyes. The new owners (who hail from Portland, Ore.) retained the original Assets chef, so you can still get Assets' signature sesame-battered calimari and a few other old favorites. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and open for dinner starting at 5:30 p.m., but a lounge menu is available all day long in the restaurants big wooden bar.

Cha-Ching! The Resort at Sandia Casino is Open for Your Business—Sandia Casino unveiled their epic 434,284 square foot addition last week, which includes more than 200 guest rooms, a full-service spa and three swanky new dining concepts: the breathtaking Bien Shur Rooftop Lounge, The Council Room Steakhouse and the Bien Shur Lounge. The resort also boasts a 50,000-square-foot meeting space, 18 holes of golf (designed by renowned Scottsdale course architect Scott Miller) and an outdoor heated pool, complete with cabanas and a full-service bar. And views just don't stop. As of their Dec. 1 opening, there were only about 30 rooms left for New Year's Eve: Call 796-7500 to try to squeeze in a reservation while you can. Log on to www.sandiaresortandcasino.com for rate information and more details on the resort's many new amenities.

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