Alibi V.19 No.40 • Oct 7-13, 2010 

Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

The best food in the West, according to the Alibi’s readers

Welcome back to Best of Burque Restaurants! Feast upon nearly 100 lip-smacking categories of the best food in Albuquerque, selected through thousands of votes cast by voracious Alibi readers just like you. Your Best of Burque votes reward local businesses with hard-earned recognition. And as long as you keep eating and voting, we'll be able to amass these indispensable guides to the best food our city has to offer.

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Best Bacon: Gold Street Caffè
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

A.M.

Breakfast

Nob Hill: 3416 Central NE • 255-4501
Downtown: 723 Silver SW • 244-8099
North Valley: 4026 Rio Grande NW • 344-6714
Uptown: 8001 Menaul NE • 293-6911
Northeast Heights: 4501 Juan Tabo NE • 275-8311
Corrales: 10700 Corrales Road • 938-4717
Bernalillo: 200 South Camino del Pueblo • 404-2100
flyingstarcafe.com

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Best Faux Meats: Fei's Health Café
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

No Bones About It

Vegetarian

2114 Central SE • 243-3390

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Best Posole: Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

State Treasures

New Mexican cuisine

6230 Fourth Street NW • 345-5339
sadiesofnewmexico.com

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Kate and Josh Gerwin, owners of Casa Vieja, voted Best Restaurant in Albuquerque.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

Best of the Rest

The best restaurant in Albuquerque, and beyond

10500 Fourth Street NW • 898-1771
elpinto.com

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William Rodwell williamrodwellphotography.com

BOBR: Community Pick

Community Pick

When did you start cooking?

Really early. There was never an age where somebody sat me down and told me it was time to learn. It was more of, Can you come help me do this? So I was in the kitchen from a very early age.

Who got you interested in it?

This is going to sound hokey, but my mom. She has always been really into cooking and trying new things. She is never the kind of person to have seven recipes and repeat them every week.

Can anybody be taught to cook well?

Definitely, yes. I think a lot of people are afraid to begin the process, but once you get going you can definitely learn. It’s all about being comfortable with ingredients and tools and such things. It can be overwhelming if you have never been introduced to them before.

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William Rodwell williamrodwellphotography.com

BOBR: Community Pick

Community Pick

Can anybody be taught to cook?

Oh absolutely, it just takes a little bit of heart. But as far as training goes, you just need to want to learn how to cook and you can be taught.

When did you start?

I started making tortillas when I was probably about 5 with my grandmother. I grew up on, not a farm, but we grew our own vegetables. And I have always enjoyed playing in the kitchen with my grandmother, rolling tortillas and baking cookies.

How long have you cooked professionally?

Well, I started my career 17 years ago at Scalo, then I left and went to various other restaurants. I have been running Brasserie La Provence down the street since April. And I started [as executive chef] at Scalo in the beginning of September.

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BOBR: Community Pick

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How did the idea of Frost Hill Organics come about?

Well, I was working at Los Poblanos last year over the winter, and one of my friends inherited land from his dad. He knew I was looking for a farm so he let me use his land for farming.

Where do you sell your harvest?

Most of the food I move through my CSA program—community supported agriculture. I also sell in Cedar Crest, Edgewood and Los Ranchos farmers market.

Are you finding a greater demand for organic foods than in the past?

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How's the dining hall food at UNM?

Disgusting, bland, ridiculously unhealthy, and poor choices. The food is not fresh and they have limited varieties.

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