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V.22 No.28 | 7/11/2013
The pumpkin red curry is a decadent, spicy treat.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Thai Cuisine Express

It isn’t, and that’s just fine

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux samples the “irreversibly” spicy food at this hard-to-find restaurant.
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V.22 No.27 | 7/4/2013
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Chickpea Paradise

San Pedro Mart and Alquds Middle Eastern Restaurant

By Gail Guengerich
The atmosphere may be lacking, but the food is top notch.
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V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013
Brothers Lorenzo and Carlos Alvarez opened Pop Fizz with their father Rafael five weeks ago.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

The Scoop on Pop Fizz

New paleteria offers inventive frozen treats

By Nora Hickey
Avocado ice cream, anyone?
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V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Cozze alla Scalo makes for a first class Italian seafood dinner
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Mixed Plate

Scalo Northern Italian Grill

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux finds delicious Italian fare at Scalo, even if the sea bass is an impostor.
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V.22 No.22 | 5/30/2013
A golden finish and a touch of smoke give the chimichurri shrimp an authentic coastal flavor.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

The Next Level?

The view from Ibiza

By Ty Bannerman
Rooftop bar and tapas restaurant offers a fun atmosphere, but doesn’t quite justify its cost.
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V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
Ignore the waffle at your peril.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Fried Tofu and Waffles

Exploring the secrets of Banh Mi Coda

By Ari LeVaux

Banh Mi Coda, a Vietnamese sandwich shop, deli and tofu house across the parking lot from Talin Market, is what you'd expect to find in a big-city Asian district. It's the type of place that requires a certain percentage of its clientele to already know what is going on, because while the bright, spotless space is attractive and inviting, the myriad of unusual dishes and absence of explanation can be disorienting to the uninitiated.

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Alibi Picks

Get Your Schwervon: Hoverboard • Schwervon! • The Blackout Disciples • Get Action

Blackbird Buvette serves up an inaugural springtime rock and roll bash on its tiny back porch. It’s pretty cramped, but it’s as close to a DIY basement show as you can get … while having drinks served. This show is a who’s-who of the best garage rockers still standing (no overdoses or wheelchairs). Drum legend Joe Bolt debuts The Blackout Disciples' dark and dirty rock sans evil posturing. Other Dirty Novels alums—Dandee Fleming and Brian Keith—and Demarcus Sumter (St. Petersburg), Billy Miles Brooke (Pan!c) and Ben Woods (Porter Draw) make up the group. Punk and roll outfit Get Action (formerly Riley Switch) features bad boy Bill Bunting (Ten Seconds to Liftoff), Scott Brown (Song Thing) and Ashley Floyd and Jeff Jones (both ex-Gracchi). Newcomers Hoverbourd tag themselves as surf-indie-dance-rock, and that works for me, especially with a horn thrown into the mix. Despite bountiful local talent, I’m most excited about Schwervon! from Shawnee, Kan., by way of New York City. Now in their 13th year, guitarist Major Matt Mason and drummer Nan Turner’s music ranges from sweet jangle-pop to ear-shattering racket. Keep a few bucks stashed in your wallet to score Schwervon! merch, including the brilliant, new Courage and '09’s sweet and lilting Low Blow. Blackbird Buvette • Wed May 15 • 10 pm • free • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.19 | 5/9/2013
Manchamantel gives a flavorful kick to the shredded pork carnitas tacos.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

The Case of the Disappearing Taqueria

Rocka Taco demands to be seen

By Gail Guengerich

Grass and bare feet. Firecrackers and accidents. Tacos and beer. Here is the short list of classic summer duos. It's not summer yet, but close enough … the heat’s a-coming. Time to pinch shut our eyes, pretend we aren't high desert dwellers and reacquaint ourselves with our favorite street food from balmy, beachy Mexico.

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V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Jollof rice with fried fish
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

West African Delights

Talking Drums has got your goat

By Ty Bannerman
West African treasure serves up tastes of the mother continent, including intriguing items with names like “puff-puff” and “fufu.”
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V.22 No.16 | 4/18/2013
Annie’s quiche, an Alibi reader favorite.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

The Way We Were

Soup and nostalgia at Annie’s Soup Kitchen

By Gail Guengerich
Do you miss your grandma? Indiana? Iowa? Are you exhausted from the hip and trendy Albuquerque “scene”? Do you just want a homey nook where you can stare at some amateur paintings of geese or cats and slurp down a bowl of soup in peace? Welcome to Annie’s Soup Kitchen, your portal through time and space.
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V.22 No.13 | 3/28/2013
House-made gluten sets many of Huong Thao’s  dishes apart.
Antonio Ramon antonioramonphotography.com

Restaurant Review

Vietnam in the Heights

The quirky charms of Huong Thao

By Ari LeVaux
It was the best of spring rolls, it was the worst of spring rolls.
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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #288: A woman takes my tacos away.

G and I are in Taos at dusk. We watch a jeep Wagoneer perform a jump from a dirt road off a hill and over some water. We then go to a fancy Mexican buffet. There are circular bas-relief carvings in the patio floor and walls. I get a plate of tacos. G gets green chili enchiladas that I had not noticed. Our waitress, a gray-haired woman, takes my full plate from me, ostensibly to bring me some enchiladas instead. She does not return. I try to hunt her down. I find some of the other wait staff and describe her to them. They point and I find her hiding behind a door. She gives an unintelligible excuse. I go up to the pretty cashier, who informs me that they are now closed. I go upstairs onto the roof. The food is now gone - only empty tables and steam trays remain.

news

City's Environmental Health Department Apologizes for Health Inspection Mix-up

This afternoon, the city of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department (EHD) has issued an apology to 13 area restaurants that it improperly tagged with red stickers since the end of January.

The establishments were improperly graded because of a glitch in the software calculations that determine restaurant or other food service facility’s score during health inspections.  In order for an establishment to receive a red sticker it must score below the 79 percent needed to pass inspection.

Food safety inspections are carried out by the Consumer Health Protection Division of the EHD, in accordance with Federal Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

“In most cases, the incorrect calculation did not result in a downgrade, but there were several situations in which the incorrect score lead to a downgrade that was unwarranted,” said Mary Lou Leonard, director of EHD. “We sincerely apologize to the owners and staff of these facilities and to the community.”

The calculation error has been fixed, and all downgrades since the new system was implemented in late January have been reviewed. The 13 food establishments are listed below.

 

Albuquerque Grand Senior Apartments

1501 Tijeras Ave. NE

Chili’s Grill & Bar

10021 Coors Blvd. NW

China Best ABQ INC

8201 Golf Course Rd. NW  STE B

Godiva Chocolatier Inc.

6600 Menaul Blvd. NE  STE Q-009

Harold’s Laundry

2701 Cutler Ave. NE

IHOP 1550

5221 Ouray Rd. NW

Imbibe

3101 Central Ave. NE

Louie’s Pub & Grill

5603 Menaul Blvd. NE

Phillips 66

1517 Gibson Blvd. SE

Salsita Express

5010 Cutler Ave. NE  STE D3

Subway 34313

6200 Montgomery Blvd. NE  STE D

Sunrise Lotus Group LLC

9109 Galaxia Way NE

Vista Sandia Residential Care Inc.

8604 Camino Osito St. NE

 

V.22 No.11 | 3/14/2013

Restaurant Review

A Taste of Turkiye

Anatolia Doner Kebab Restaurant

By M. Brianna Stallings
Downtown joint serves up authentic Mediterranean cuisine with pride.

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V.22 No.10 | 3/7/2013
Thai Vegan’s second location recently opened on Central.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Veggie Migration

Thai Vegan dishes in a new location

By Ari LeVaux
During its short tenure on Central, east of Carlisle, the now defunct Filipino Kitchen was perhaps the town’s most carnivorous eatery. The restaurant space, which shares a plaza with the Route 66 Malt Shop, is now inhabited by a new outpost of Thai Vegan, the original being on Osuna near San Mateo.
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