Best New Mexican Restaurant
If massive portions, killer Margaritas and a bustling atmosphere are the criteria for best New Mexican restuarant in Albuquerque, Sadie's is as down-home Land of Enchantment as you can get. Plus, there’s the salsa. Oh, the salsa. Don't be a tourist—get the hot variety. (MD)
Best Restaurant to Loosen Your Top Button
Folks, it's an all-you-can eat Brazilian meat restaurant. If you're not loosening your top button, you're doing it wrong. In fact, loosen your fly a little bit, too, and wave another one of those skewer-wielding waiters over your way. There may be another meat there you haven't consumed. (DOL)
The Sweet Stuff
Dessert? Um, yes, please. We'll have the éclair. No, wait, warm raspberry-peach pie à la mode. No. A slice of the fruit tart. Actually, make that bread pudding. Wait—we've got it! Tiramisu. ... Or how about we just get all of the above? You don't need us to tell you Flying Star is the best place for desserts; you already know. (CC)
Best of the Rest
Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests
It's the atmosphere at El Pinto that will really charm your visitors. If they love the food as much as the lovely restaurant—open since 1962—they can take the perfect salsa, roasted green chile and red chile sauce back home with them in jars. (MD)
Around the World
Great prices and lunch specials, spitfire service, and some of the best potatoes in town make Olympia Café your top pick for Grecian delights. Olympia started dishing up piping-hot homestyle fare in 1972, and it’s been a University-area favorite ever since. (MD)
The Afterlife of Albuquerque Bars and Restaurants: Part II
Hallelujah! My Sisyphusian task of sorting through the Alibi's ancient calendar contact records is completed. As promised, here's the second half of the extinct places I shook loose from our database, and what's become of them since. (The first half is here. ... And I knocked it down from 989 records to 650 on the nose, in unlikely event you were wondering.)
Rio Grande Yacht Club --> ?
Rio Grande Cantina --> St. Clair Winery & Bistro
Café Broadway --> Several places, all gone now
Café Voila --> ?
Town House Lounge --> Still empty
Café Next Door (it was next door to Brothers and Sisters) --> Still empty
Copeland’s Restaurant --> Still empty
Johnny Carino's --> 1st location (next to Sweet Tomatoes) empty, second (Century Rio lot) is Nick + Jimmy's (from Yanni's)
Gin Mill --> looks like a "discount steakhouse" has opened there
Café Riviera --> several galleries/cafes, all closed now
La Siringitu --> Wimpy Burger --> Little Red Hamburger Hut
Mr. K’s Chinese Restaurant (formerly New Chinatown) --> empty
Blue Corn Tap Room --> Chama River Tap Room
Jamaica Jamaica --> New "bistro" of some sort
Graze (and Kanome before that) --> Nob Hill Bar and Grill
Relaxations --> A boxing gym?
Mediterranean Café --> Quesada's
Alfredo's Coffeehouse --> empty
Marty G.’s Diner --> I think this later became that Hot Diggity Dog place over on North Second, which is also long-gone
Blu (the back half of Pulse, totally 80s) --> empty
Empire ( + G-Spot Lounge) --> half of O'Neill's
Albuquerque Mining Company --> empty
The Phoenix --> ?
District Bar & Grill --> empty
Swig (Santa Fe) --> uh, Fusion Restaurant & Night Club? No idea.
Gulp --> Nob Hill Bar and Grill
Harlow's on the Hill (which was Club Rhythm & Blues before that) --> Obama for President HQ, now empty
Ground Zero --> ?
Bear Assets Bar --> I just talked to Joe Anderson about this place. He mentioned he's working on a new venue there. Gutting the place. Installing live American roots music like blues, Rockabilly. That part of town could really use a good neighborhood joint at night.
Nuts and Bolts --> ?
Laffs Comedy Club --> empty
Out ch’Yonda --> empty?
Hiland Theater --> giant meth lab
Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre --> Village Roaster Coffee
Donkey Gallery --> empty. (and Larry Bob moved to Cruces)
Sol Arts --> Cirq
Windchime Champagne Gallery --> Empty
VERB Collective --> See "Cafe Riviera"
STOVE --> Black Market Goods
The Agency --> looks like someone's doing something in there. Anyone got any leads?
Red or Green? --> more tattoos?
Alphaville Video --> Heart + Soul salon
The Cigar Lounge --> empty
Hunab Hookah Lounge --> See VERB Collective, Cafe Riviera
The Afterlife of Albuquerque Bars and Restaurants
989. That’s how many FileMaker records need to be sifted through in order to clean up our tired old calendars database. Each record represents a venue—a bar, a gallery, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a theater—where something was or is listed in our paper. This is going to take a while.
Of course, many of these places are gone now. That’s why I’m going through all those records, to weed out the expired ones. I’ve only gone through the first 100 so far. Here’s a preliminary list of Albuquerque bar/restaurant type places that used to be but are no more, and what’s become of those addresses since.
Sisters’ and Brothers’ Bookstore was right next door to Insomnia Coffeehouse --> both are still empty
Blue Dragon --> still empty
IryshMac’s Coffeehouse --> Rasoi Indian Cuisine
Pearl’s Dive --> Blackbird Buvette
Golden West Saloon --> ash and rubble
Chelsea Street Pub & Grill --> eaten by Coronado
O’Niell’s Uptown --> Uptown Sports Bar
Le Café Miche --> still empty, right?
Midnight Rodeo/Gotham--> still empty
Rio Grande Big Dog’s Grill --> still empty, right?
Martini Grille --> Cosmo
Raw, Liquid Lounge --> Sauce, Proof
The Walls --> Farina Pizza
Our Place II --> paparazzi nightclub
Joker's Pub --> Wileys
Pulse --> still empty
La Posada de Albuquerque --> still empty
OPM --> Lotus
Sonny’s Bar and Grille --> still empty
La Piazza --> Fremonts Fine Foods
Famous Sam’s --> still empty
Brian O’Brien’s --> still empty, fire damage
Albuquerque Petroleum Club --> still empty
Assets Grille --> Independence Grill
Stella Blue --> La Provence
La Cuisine French Bistro --> 100 other restaurants that also closed
New Chinatown Restaurant --> still empty
The Paramount, Santa Fe --> a big dirt pit