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V.22 No.5 | 1/31/2013
The Nawlins burger mixes cajun spice with creamy blue cheese.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Secret No More

B2B Bistronomy arrives in Nob Hill

Nestled into half of the space formerly occupied by now-defunct Vivace, Bistronomy B2B is a small restaurant that specializes in burgers and beer (that’s what the B2B stands for), as well as salads and mixed drinks. Inside, a square bar dominates the dining area. Behind it, a wall of 33 taps pump out an assortment of local microbrews—Marble, Chama River, Turtle Mountain, etc. Bistronomy is yet another proponent of the locavore trend, so the beer and food both call Albuquerque home.

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V.22 No.3 | 1/17/2013
The crafty dog.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Hot Dogs in Evening Wear

Street food steps out at Urban Hotdog Company

UHDC opened their doors three months ago in a strip center near Cottonwood Mall. Their approach is to doll up a Nathan’s Famous all-beef frankfurter with everything under the sun—particularly foodie favorites like fancy cheeses, fresh herbs, slaws and sauces.

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V.22 No.2 | 1/10/2013
Grandma’s carne adovada is something special.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Consider the Travis

Breakfast at Grandma’s K & I Diner

Strangely situated joint gives the feel of a warm and cozy diner straight from the set of “Twin Peaks.”

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V.22 No.1 | 1/3/2013
Antiquity’s menu includes French classics and South American delicacies like the Chilean sea bass.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Backstreet Bistro

Hide from the world at Antiquity

Classy, yet unmistakably Albuquerque, this backstreet bistro transports eaters to a new world with French classics and South American delicacies.

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V.21 No.52 | 12/27/2012
What is the best food truck in Albuquerque? These three men couldn’t make the call.
Ari LeVaux

Restaurant Review

Battle of the Food Trucks

Dia de los Takos has its day

Gauchito Catering and Dia De Los Takos duke it out to win the hearts and stomachs of Marble patrons and local judges.

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V.21 No.50 | 12/13/2012
The Santa Fe pancakes come with ham and eggs.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Pancake Fusion

The Mid- and Southwest meet at Roper’s Restaurant

Cowboy diner serves up giant burritos, Santa Fe pancakes and breakfast favorites.

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V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Light and Luscious

Limonata Italian Street Food Caffe

There was a time when the words "Italian street food" conjured one image in my mind—gelato. The treat was all I saw in Italy as a poor college student, not because it actually was the only street food available, but because it was so eye-grabbing and delicious.

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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #273: I ride my bike onto the UNM campus.

I ride my bike onto the UNM campus from Central. I meet my boss walking west. He has some suggestions for me. I ride on. Everything seems new and different from when I went to school. I see my boss again, who has some more suggestions. G is waiting for me on the mall with her friends. I am 5 minutes late. We must get to McGee’s restaurant. We ride together across campus. I am able to ride up and down the steps smoothly. In a concrete drain V, people lay reading. In the V, I run over a girl's stick of butter. My tires start to slip a little. We arrive at McGee’s. The waiters are all well-dressed and there are fancy green and yellow oil lamps on the long central bar. It seems like a pretty nice place for UNM.

V.21 No.46 | 11/15/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Route 66 Malt Shop

Albuquerque’s stretch of the old Mother Road is home to the Route 66 Malt Shop, a restaurant that attempts to capture the spirit of a storied era while also addressing the foodie concerns of the Nob Hill neighborhood it calls home.

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V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
Meat grilled in the Argentine way
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Locovore

From the Pampas to the Cashays

Gauchito Catering delivers authentic Argentine food

The grilling style of the gauchos

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Alibi Picks

Roll out the Barrel

Deschutes Base Camp Week: Hats Off to Homebrewers

Courtesy of Deschutes Brewery

The guys from Deschutes Brewery, purveyor of Mirror Pond Ale and Obsidian Stout, are in town for Base Camp Week, a craft beer celebration. There will be events all around town, from a White IPA release party at Seasons Rotisserie & Grill to a tasting at Jubilation, and appearances by, um, "a giant traveling beer barrel named Woody." But the event I'm most excited about is the Hats Off to Homebrewers workshop tonight at O'Niell's Pub on Juan Tabo. Deschutes brewer David Brendgard will be offering advice to local do-it-your-selfers on improving their beer. He'll also be giving away recipe books, bags of hops and other complimentary brewing supplies. A crew from La Cumbre Brewing will be on tap to talk shop, too. Plus, O'Niell's will offer a special menu starting at 6 p.m. and pair it with selected beers for the occasion. $20 gets you in the door—$15 if you're a member of the American Homebrewers Association. O'Niell's Pub, Northeast Heights • 5-8 pm • $15-$20 • 21+ • deschutesbrewery.com

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Zorba’s

A legend reincarnated

A nostalgic Ty Bannerman tries octopus for the first time at the two-year-old restaurant started by the former owners of Olympia Café.

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V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012
El Patron Restaurant and Cantina has taken over the massive former Garduño’s building on Montgomery.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Tasting the Fire

Singed by serranos at El Patron Restaurant and Cantina

Singed by serranos at El Patron Restaurant and Cantina.

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V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
The Sicilian sandwich features pepperoni,capicolla and a zing of Italian dressing.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

A World of Sandwiches

Cheese & Coffee Café Downtown offers wide variety and a homey feel.

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Alibi Picks

The Angel Babies at Blackbird Buvette tonight

New Mexico-born, Austin-bred trio The Angel Babies is embarking on a five-city tour in support of the threesome's self-titled full-length debut. The second stop is Burque, specifically the monthly rock and roll-centric No Fun Dance Party (hosted by DJ Bea and, coincidentally, Alibi music editor DJ Cassyle). Available in limited-press vinyl at the show, the album is a diverse listen. Its 12 songs range from postmodern corrido-style numbers to fuzzy, electronics-laced rockers to slow-burning and darkly ethereal tunes. New Mexico native Frankie Medina (Dirty Hearts, The Kill Spectors) and Calida Salazar share vocal duties. Preview the album at tinyurl.com/angelbabies. This 21-and-over party is a prime opportunity to prove to your naysaying friends that one can totally rock spurs and bolo ties with Chelsea boots.

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