All the News That's Fit to Eat
By Gwyneth Doland and Michael Henningsen
No Longer in the "Triangle." For more than two decades, Triangle Grocery sat at the triangle intersection of North Highway 14, Frost Road and Sandia Crest Highway. But three weeks ago, the tiny grocery store moved to new digs in what has been recently dubbed the Bella Vista Shopping Center, formerly home of Bella Vista Restaurant, and future home of the East Mountain area's first real strip mall. The new Triangle Grocery is some three times larger than its predecessor, replete with liquor, deli, bakery and expanded meat departments. East Mountain hermits--such as local punk rock legend Gordon Andersen--now have even fewer reasons to leave the hills for the city. (MH)
Sushi chef shuffles from Azuma to Sushi Gen. Wei "Steven" Hsu left his post at Azuma (in the old Black Eyed Pea at 4710 San Mateo NE) to open another restaurant nearby at 5210 San Mateo (behind the Back Street Bar and Grill). Hsu has 17 years of experience under his sushi belt, having worked in Los Angeles before making his way to Albuquerque. He plans to bring in live abalone, lobster and giant clam as occasional offerings. For less adventurous eaters, Hsu's menu includes special spicy chicken and spicy pork because, as Sushi Gen's general manager Wendy Wen says, "New Mexicans like spicy food!" And for the kiddies, Sushi Gen offers chicken or beef teriyaki with fried rice—no chicken fingers and tater tots here. Stop in for some ika, eel or edamame anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p. m. Monday through Saturday, or for dinner 5 p.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. Call 830-0131 and ask about their limited delivery options. (GD)
California's loss is our gain—again! Ken and Noom Suwanchart got fed up with the expense of living in California so they decided to close up their restaurant in Orange County and move here where they bought the old Thai Kitchen (5201 Fourth Street NW, 341-9094). Although both husband and wife grew up in restaurant families in Thailand, Noom does the cooking at their restaurant because she says, "Thai men don't like to cook!" (GD)
Maximito's, the Mexican restaurant that took over Café Broadway's former home on Broadway SE, is now serving beer and wine. All of their beers cost $2.50 except during happy hour (every day from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.) when they're only $2. With cheap beer and a ton of salsas to choose from, the shady patio at Maximito's is an ideal happy hour hangout spot. Check it out. (GD)
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