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V.23 No.49 | 12/4/2014


The Daily Word in slavery, sitcoms and sandwiches.

The Daily Word

The FBI says soldiers should get off social media.

Darren Wilson resigned from the Ferguson PD.

Slavery thrives in Great Britain and they’re not all Goreans.

Mickey Rourke’s boxing victory was rigged.

A long-lost masterpiece was found in the movie Stuart Little.

How many jokes-per-minute does your favorite sitcom average?

David Bowie hates “The Little Drummer Boy.”

Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches are a thing.

What’s your favorite Mondegreen?

The new Star Wars trailer is out.

The lights are up on Santa Fe plaza.

A Taos woman had a 1972 encounter with a man in a Cosby suit.

Mom ratted on Byron for murder.

Local sub shops were robbed and use only the freshest of ingredients.

Happy birthday, Charlene Tilton.

And now a word from our sponsors.

V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
The Editor (pulled pork marinated in red chile BBQ sauce)
Eric Williams

Restaurant Review

The People in Your Neighborhood

Duggan’s Coffee

Grab a cup of joe, pull up a chair and relax at this new University Heights café.
V.23 No.3 | 1/16/2014
The Rusty
Eric Williams

Restaurant Review

Hello Adieux

Taking bar food to the next level in the heart of Downtown

Effex Nightclub’s new offshoot provides late night eating in Downtown.
V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
The Sicilian sandwich features pepperoni,capicolla and a zing of Italian dressing.
Eric Williams

Restaurant Review

A World of Sandwiches

Cheese & Coffee Café Downtown offers wide variety and a homey feel.
V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
The deliciously chilI-dog-esque savory waffle boat
Eric Williams


Tía Betty Blue’s

What’s red and green and blue all over?

The appeal of Tía Betty Blue’s might seem skin-deep at first. The paint is fresh. The food comes fast enough to service a drive-thru window. A collection of bottled soda pops is so vast, it could be a gimmick. And the image of a raven-haired hottie—Tía Betty Blue, presumably—stares you down from the sign, the walls, the menu. But despite its candy-coated veneer, Tía B’s means business. The food is simple but thoughtful, and it’s different. And as long as food is the priority, who cares how cute the servers are?

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V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012
The logical answer to “Would you like something to drink?”
Eric Williams


Done working yet? Il Vicino Brewery Canteen beckons.

As restaurant critic Ari LeVaux explains in this week’s Food section, IVB Canteen isn’t situated in some cutesy walkable community. “The only reason you’d be in the neighborhood is if you were lost or perhaps having some custom plastics manufactured nearby.” But a glass of Slow Down Brown and a brie-filled Frenchy sandwich are enticing reasons to slip out of work a few minutes early and onto Il Vicino Brewery Canteen’s lively patio.

The logical answer to “Would you like something to drink?”
Eric Williams


IVB Canteen

Drink up, chow down

Il Vicino Brewery Canteen off I-25 is worth going out of your way for tasty artisan sandwiches and fresh-brewed beer.
V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
Who you callin’ turkey?
Eric Williams


(gChile x trky + chz)bread2 = ABQTurkey

Green chile. Turkey. Cheese. Bread. That’s it. The classic “Albuquerque turkey” sandwich is about as simple as it gets, which means the quality of the ingredients that go into it—and the perhaps atmosphere around it—are paramount. In this week’s food section, professional gobbler Ari LeVaux makes a case that JohnDhi’s nails both ends of the ABQT equation.

Who you callin’ turkey?
Eric Williams

Dish Jockey

Stalking the Albuquerque Turkey

JohnDhi’s BBQ

The “Albuquerque turkey” sandwich is the lesser-celebrated cousin of the green chile cheeseburger. This simple combination of flavors is found in most any Burque sandwich shop—including Subway franchises—and even in pie-form at some pizzerias. As with the green chile cheeseburger, it’s possible to try too hard. But all that really matters are the bare essentials: green chile, turkey, cheese and bread, in roughly that order. JohnDhi’s BBQ, on Rio Grande and Griegos, makes one of the tastiest versions in town.
V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011
Breakfast pizza
Sergio Salvador


Café Lush

Eclectic breakfast and lunch on a quiet Downtown corner

Café Lush is like a daydream of the way things might be in some future hybrid of Europe and Albuquerque. It’s an urban café on a quiet street corner, with a small menu of simple yet well-crafted dishes and a pledge to use local, seasonal and organic ingredients whenever possible. But unlike in Europe, the red and green chile won’t disappoint—unless you’re a member of the New Mexico anticumin coalition.

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V.20 No.19 | 5/12/2011
Doner Kebab House spices up Central Market
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

Side-Dishing on Downtown

Doner Kebab House in Central Market

Mina Yamashita takes a tasty tour around Downtown.
V.19 No.7 | 2/18/2010
Mu-Hua Yang

Central Deli To Open Downtown in the Former Relish Space

Meet Mu-Hua Yang. She and her husband Chen will be opening the Central Deli, downtown’s newest eatery, in the space formerly occupied by Relish at 411 Central NW. The Yangs have owned and operated several restaurants in Albuquerque over the years, but this is their first venture into the world of sandwiches.

The emphasis will be on fresh ingredients, Mu-Hua explains. There will be some old favorites, like a pastrami reuban, as well as some tantalizing innovations, like the curry shrimp sandwich. Hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, salads... it sure will be nice to have a new lunch option downtown.

This Friday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Deli will be handing out free samples of their food. The will also be giving 25% off for the entire month of March. I can hardly wait.

V.19 No.4 | 1/28/2010
This is a Vietnamese tofu sandwich. I had one once. It was $6 and very good.

Issue: Sandwiches

Question 1: How much should sandwiches cost?

Relish just recently closed its Downtown location (though its Menaul one is in fine shape). Opinion? Wonderfully delicious sandwiches with high quality ingredients and creative combinations. Also very expensive, hovering around $10 for a sandwich and side.

So how much should an awesome, take-away sandwich for lunch cost?

Question 2: What’s so hard about making a good vegetarian sandwich?

This was something Relish had(has): excellent non-meat sandwiches that weren’t afterthoughts. Too many restaurants, like a place I checked out today, have exactly one non-meat sandwich that’s called the Veggie and has raw vegetables. What is this? 1950 in Peoria? Meatless sandwiches! Sakes alive!

Anyway, sandwiches are important. To sum up, they should be affordable and the vegetarian ones should be delicious and not random salad bar fixings.

Discuss sandwiches here.

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