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Taco Sal | Albuquerque Restaurant Review | The Man Lunch  [ Wed Apr 14 2010 10:29 AM ]

Things started out well here. We ordered chips and salsa as an appetizer. The chips were warm and tasted like they were fresh from the fryer. The salsa had a medium level of spiciness to it with nice chunks of green chile. From this first taste of Taco Sal I thought the rest of the food would be on the same level… Not so much.

I ordered the chicharron burrito plate with refried beans and papas. The papas tasted like they had been sitting around for a while. They were a little chewy but could have been good if they were fresh. The refried beans were super runny and I couldn’t find any evidence that these had ever been whole beans. If it wasn’t for the burrito and papas creating a dam, the beans would have spread across the entire plate.

The burrito had chicharron and the previously described runny beans inside and was smothered in red chile. The chicharron just tasted like very dry pork. There wasn’t enough crispy pig fat for this meat to be considered chicharron in my opinion. I’ve definitely had better chicharron. The red chile was tasty. It had a good flavor and was very enjoyable. If I wasn’t able to soak the meat in this chile, it would have been inedible.

All in all, there wasn’t enough good about this $10 meal to make me want to go back again. Wooden Fork rating.

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Cecilia's Cafe | Albuquerque Restaurant Review | The Man Lunch  [ Wed Apr 14 2010 10:28 AM ]

After hearing rave reviews on Cecilia's Cafe (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, 101 Chowdown Countdown), Manlunch decided we had to give it a try!

Upon entering the establishment, you knew it was going to be good since it is a little hole in the wall located in Downtown Albuquerque (6th and Silver to be exact).

Two of our Manlunch members ate hamburgers (it serves New Mexican food, go figure). From what I hear, the burgers were very good though.

Two of us ate the famous "Fireman's Burrito" It is a huge burrito made with the following top notch ingredients (Eggs, Potatos, beans, bacon, sausage, chicharron and carne adovada). They then smother it in red or green chile and cheese. From the first bite, I was amazed at how you could taste every ingredient. At many other restaurants who claim to have a "great burrito", you taste all potato or all chile. At Cecilia's you taste every ingredient in every bite. I will definitely return for a second serving of the Fireman's Burrito.

So if your in the downtown area, I strongly reccommend giving Cecilia's a try!

See the review of Cecilia's Cafe on The Man Lunch

Griff's Burgers | Albuquerque Restaurant Review | The Man Lunch  [ Wed Apr 14 2010 10:25 AM ]

I haven’t eaten this much since my stoner days. This was my first (but not last) visit to Griff’s. I was trying to decide what to get when I saw the sign “GIANT TRIPLE BURGER COMBO” Under 7 bucks for a triple burger, large fries and a large soda. How could I resist. The fries were fries, shoestring style with nice crispiness. The drink, Diet Coke, gotta watch my calorie intake ya know. I really like the ice at Griff’s. It’s the really small kind of slushy type ice.

The giant triple burger was no joke. Bun, patty, cheese, patty, cheese, patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. Just the way I like it. From the first bite, I was in love. Each time I sank my teeth into this tower of deliciousness I came away with a juicy bite of burger. The patties were on the thinner side and in my experience thin patties tend to be kind of dry. Not these. The meat had a good taste. Not cardboardy like some places. When I finished the meal, I wanted more. Not because I was hungry really but because it was so good. I jokingly said I could eat another giant triple burger and of course my fellow men were more than happy to pony up the money to pay for a second giant triple burger for my consumption. I took that as a challenge and of course had to prove myself a man and took that bad boy out.

For those of you that enjoy a good burger, I would highly recommend Griff’s on Central at Wyoming. I have gone back with my son and after the meal he said I think I like Griff’s better than In-N-Out. That’s saying something. Maybe he just likes it better because we don’t have to drive 6 hours to get there.

Definitely Gold Fork

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DG's Deli & Market | Albuquerque Restaurant Review | The Man Lunch  [ Wed Apr 14 2010 10:19 AM ]

Let me start this review by saying: college days rule! I have had the pleasure of dining at all DG's locations (Las Cruces and Albuquerque) over the last 25 years and they're still bringing it fierce. themanlunch (tml) was impressed; my all-time fave is still on the menu, regular size #20 - Turkey/Bacon/Avocado. Add the drink and chips (tell 'em you want the combo meal) and you walk for less than $9, which is always a good thing by tml standards. Deli staff is friendly and efficient, free of the subwayste rhetoric and crappy hat. You can watch them make your grub if you choose but I suggest a little people-watching instead, it's far more entertaining. Simply put, tml will be visiting DG's Deli and Market for many years to follow. Visit them before you visit them: [link].

Rating: Golden Fork

Review of DG's Deli at The Man Lunch

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