Uptown Albuquerque Restaurants
Albuquerque - Uptown
Ortega’sOrtega’s bills itself as serving “healthy New Mexican” cuisine. A contradiction in terms, you say? Well, kind of. You’ll still get the goopy eggs, greasy cheese and meaty red chile, but with a few surprising differences. Notably, they serve whole beans instead of refried, use no lard and make whole-wheat sopaipillas. That’s right—whole-wheat sopaipillas. Which are deep-fried. But, hey, at least they have more fiber. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Pizza 9Pizza 9, from the former owner of Chicago Beef, slings dough at multiple locations across town. It’s not deep-dish, but the puffed up, buttery crust will warm Midwestern hearts, as will the Fire Eater pie—a monument to capsaicin, it scathes taste buds with pepperoni, jalapeños, green chile and hot giardiniera relish. With gluten-free crust options, it’s a perfect spot for groups with opposing dietary needs, and with several locations, you can have it all delivered right to your front door! (Alibi Staff, March 11, 2015)
Relish Gourmet SandwichesThis stylish little cheese and sandwich shop serves smart comfort food that’s blessedly unpretentious. A small but well-rounded menu of hot and cold sandwiches sells for $8 or $9 across the board and gets paired with innovative takes on deli classics (green apple and jicama slaw, for one). Composed salads are simple but luxurious with touches like homemade mozzarella and real tomatoes. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Swiss Alps BakeryCakes and pies, pastries and cookies; who needs the holidays to excuse our oinking out? This little shop has giant meringues, giant elephant ears and, oh yes, giant rum balls. Getting married? Order a cake. Friends over for supper? Pick up a real apple pie. Family staying with you? No baked good is gonna salve that pain, but perhaps an éclair and some quiet time in your closet will get you through. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Taco SalUnder new management, the same customers have been coming to this Heights institution since it opened nearly 40 years ago, opting for huge portions of inexpensive New Mexican food. There’s nothing fancy going on here, and that’s the way they like it. Oh, except the honey is made from the pollen of North Valley wildflowers. But that’s about it for fancy. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
2626 San Pedro Dr NE (Uptown)
Mon-Fri 11am-8pm Sat noon-8pm Sun CLOSED (hours can change without notice)
Thai Cuisine ExpressThe place is a bit hard to find, but once you’re inside everything about it screams for attention. From the all-caps menu to the “irreversibly hot” (their words) food, a meal at Thai Cuisine Express is sure to be memorable. Try the pumpkin curry and the guew teaw (Thai style pho) for something really special. (Alibi Staff, July 18, 2013)
2325 San Pedro Dr NE Ste 1E (Uptown)
Albuquerque NM 87110
Mon-Thu: 10:30am-8:30pm Fri: 10:30am-9:30pm Sat-Sun: noon-8pm (hours can change without notice)
Tsai’s Chinese BistroWith attentive and thoughtful waitstaff, generous portions and a cozy atmosphere, Tsai’s is not your average Chinese joint. Make sure to start out with an appetizer of pot stickers and try the volcano shrimp with spicy sweet sauce. The prices are reasonable and the flavors exceed expectations. We promise you won’t be disappointed. (Alibi Staff, June 28, 2016)
Monday – Saturday 11am to 2am, Sunday 11am to Midnight (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Bar and Grill/Pub
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