Alibi V.15 No.41 • Oct 12-18, 2006 


From the Sea

Man can't live on chile alone! Even here in New Mexico, fresh fish and seafood that's on the docks in the morning can be on your plate by dinnertime.

Best Mariscos/Mexican Seafood Restaurant

Think fresh fish in the desert is an oxymoron? Think again, compadre. Enlivened with lime juice, fresh vegetables and broths, served simmering hot in a soup or just slightly chilled in a ceviche or coctel, the seafood-studded cuisine of Mexico speaks to all the senses with poetic simplicity. Here in Albuquerque, Alibi readers look no further than the Westside, where Mariscos Altamar's dishes are healthy, filling and flavorful. We call that eating well in spades.

1. Mariscos Altamar

2. Los Esquipales

3. El Sabor de Juarez

Best Old-school Seafood Purveyor

Old-school is the best way to go with seafood, and Pelican’s brings it on. Their lobster tails are fat, their oysters are rich, and the peel-and-eat shrimp will leave you happy and smelling so good the cats will follow you home.

1. Pelican's

2. Tie: Nantucket Shoals, Pappadeaux

3. Red Lobster

Best Fish Tacos

When the Nob Hill location of Bumble Bee's Baja Grill opened, it was as packed as Balloon Fiesta Park during mass ascension. For lovers of fresh fish tacos, Bumble Bee's has proven to be the bearer of the holy grail. Char-grilled mahi mahi, avocado, cabbage, pico de gallo and Bumble Bee’s “secret sauce” all stuffed in fresh corn tortillas—the only thing better is fresh off the boat in Mazatlan. And Mazatlan is a much farther drive than Central and Tulane.

1. Bumble Bee's Baja Grill

2. Gold Street Café

3. Tie: El Norteño, Mariscos Altamar, Sophia's Place

Best Shrimp Cocktail

Possibly the perfect snack, the shrimp cocktail needs only a splash of vodka to make it a national resource. Tails on, tails off, lemon or lime squeeze, Taqueria Mexico is the winner. Little pink things are back in fashion again.

1. Taqueria Mexico

2. Mariscos Altamar

3. Ragin' Shrimp