Alibi V.19 No.40 • Oct 7-13, 2010 

Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

State Treasures

New Mexican cuisine

Best New Mexican Restaurant


Best Posole: Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs
Best Posole: Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs
Eric Williams
6230 Fourth Street NW • 345-5339
A state landmark, Sadie's serves New Mexican dishes with plenty of heat and flavor to boot. The melt-in-your-mouth quesadilla only needs Sadie's signature salsa to make it great. (MY)
2) Los Cuates
3) Tie: El Patio, El Pinto

Best Green Chile Cheeseburger

Owl Café

800 Eubank NE • 291-4900
Owl Café built its rep on that green chile burger, so it's not a surprise to see it in the top spot. While the anthropomorphically architectured Albuquerque location isn't quite the same as the dark, dollar-bill-festooned bar in San Antonio, N.M., it's winged its way into Alibi readers' stomachs. (DO'L)
2) Blake's Lotaburger
3) Lumpy's Burgers

Best Red Chile Burger

Little Red Hamburger Hut

1501 Mountain NW • 304-1819
While it doesn't have quite the statewide reputation that its brother, the green chile burger, has, the red chile burger is a thing of subtle beauty. Oddly enough, this Old Town area diner serves its signature “Little Red” burger in both red and green chile versions. Ever the traditionalists, we're craving it smothered in red. (DO'L)
2) Bob's Burgers
3) Monroe's

Best Frito Pie

Bob's Burgers

North Valley: 5230 Fourth Street NW • 345-8727
South Valley: 4506 Central SW • 831-2111
Midtown: 5214 Menaul NE •  875-9603
South Valley: 1690 Rio Bravo SW • 877-8589
Northeast Heights: 6101 San Mateo NE • 883-3767
West Side: 6628 Caminito Coors NW • 792-2001
Northeast Heights: 305 Eubank NE • 332-0818
Bob's Burgers is one of those local joints that toils in obscurity, not often getting the credit it deserves. Except for now. The Frito pie is good and spicy, the kind that turns your face red. (JB)
2) Dog House Drive In
3) Tie: Blake's Lotaburger, Little Red Hamburger Hut, 66 Diner

Best Huevos Rancheros

The Range Café

See P.M., Best Meatloaf for contact information.
Taking home this award is impressive. Just about every restaurant around here has its own version of tortillas, eggs, potatoes, chile and beans. Our readers like The Range, which perches its huevos on blue corn, better than all the rest. (CC)
2) Frontier
3) Weck's

Best Green Chile

Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs

See A.M., Best Breakfast Burrito for contact information.
Wait, guys. Do you mean the simple, flavorful, chopped that’s layered on a burger or mixed in with your hash browns? Or are we talking about the stew that's both kinds of hot and begging to be cupped by an unparalleled tortilla? (MD)
2) Duran's Central Pharmacy
3) Sadie's

Best Red Chile

Duran's Central Pharmacy

1815 Central NW • 247-4141
Sometimes it's screaming-hot (or "warm," as we New Mexican badasses like to say). Sometimes earthy, garlicky undertones are the star. The color can be brighter some days, deeper on others. What’s consistent is that Duran's nuanced, smooth red chile is vividly delicious. (LM)
2) Mary & Tito's
3) Sadie's

Best Tortillas


See A.M., Best Breakfast Burrito for contact information.
Just about every culture has its version of the tortilla—France and Vietnam flip crêpes, the Mediterranean and Middle East bake pita and lavash, the Indian subcontinent rolls out roti ... and that's not even getting into blintzes and pancakes. But none of those places have the Frontier. World domination, here we come. (LM)
2) Duran's Central Pharmacy
3) Garcia's

Best Tamales

El Modelo

1715 Second Street SW • 242-1843
When you order El Modelo’s tamale plate, it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. It’s the tamale that’s built like an enchilada. (ALV)
2) Tie: Dos Hermanos, Los Cautes
3) Tie: Albuquerque Tortilla Co., Garcia's

Best Sopaipillas

Los Cuates

Midtown: 5016 Lomas Blvd. NE • 268-0974
Uptown: 8700 Menaul NE • 237-2800
A New Mexican meal is not complete without one of these pastry pillows on the side. No two sopaipillas are the same (just like snowflakes)—some are airy and flaky, others dense and chewy. According to voters, Los Cuates’ sopas are king. (CC)
2) Sadie's
3) El Patio

Best Enchiladas

El Patio

142 Harvard SE • 268-4245
Reasons El Patio is great: 1) Everything on the menu is fantastic. 2) Nearly every dish can be made vegetarian (and the avocado burrito will give your taste buds daydreams). 3) The service, the titular patio and the live music are always pleasant. 4) It also happens to have the best darn enchiladas in town. We could keep going, but we think you understand. (CC)

Best Chips and Salsa


See State Treasures, Best New Mexican Restaurant for contact information.
Remember when Sadie's was inside that bowling alley in the North Valley? The chips and salsa were pretty damn good. And guess what? They still are. (JB)
2) Los Cuates
3) El Pinto

Best Green Chile Stew

Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs

See A.M., Best Breakfast Burrito for contact information.
It ain't rocket science. Green chile + cubed potatoes + seasoned ground beef = so good, it should be served 24-hours a day again. ... Hint, hint, Frontier / Golden Pride decision-makers. (LM)
2) Garcia's
3) Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-BQ

Best Posole

Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs

See A.M., Best Breakfast Burrito for contact information.
These two Albuquerque institutions serve the quintessential comfort food of the region, say Alibi readers. (ALV)
2) Garcia's
3) Loyola's Family Restaurant

Best Carne Adovada

Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs

See A.M., Best Breakfast Burrito for contact information.
Oh, Golden Pride / Frontier carne! We love you, with your tender, shredded morsels, your well-seasoned chile. There's a lot of amazing carne adovada in the 505, so this is high honors, y'all. (MD)
2) Sadie's
3) El Pinto

Best Taquitos

Mac's Steak in the Rough

4515 Menaul NE • 888-3611
Historic. Legendary. People have been raving about the taquitos at Mac's for almost half a century. Dream about the rich “chili” and juicy beef filling until the week before Thanksgiving, when it reopens after extensive remodeling. (MD)
2) Garcia's
3) Taquería Mexico

Best Navajo Taco

State Fair (by a landslide)

Expo New Mexico • 300 San Pedro NE
Once you leave the great state of New Mexico, the Navajo Taco becomes the Indian Taco. When you go up to Jemez Pueblo, it's called a Pueblo Taco. (JB)

Best Margarita


See State Treasures, Best New Mexican Restaurant for contact information.
This Fourth Street landmark wins a lot of awards, usually for its tasty salsa. But what do you use to wash down that fiery substance? A delicioso, jumbo-sized, jet-fueled Margarita, of course. Pregunta: salt or no salt? (DO'L)
2) Garduños
3) Casa Vieja

Best Burrito

Dos Hermanos

Midtown: 5010 Cutler NE • 881-2202
North Valley: 6211 Fourth Street NW • 345-4588
Northeast Heights: 7600 Jefferson NE • 828-1166
Uptown: 2435 Wyoming NE • 294-8945
Did you know Dos Hermanos recently introduced the “Ito”? It's a burrito, only smaller. Because sometimes you just can't handle a full-size carne adovada and refried bean burrito smothered in cheese and red chile that's as big as your calf. That's how much the people at Dos Hermanos care about you. And burritos. (DO'L)
2) Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs
3) Acapulco Tacos & Burritos
Results reported by John Bear (JB), Christie Chisholm (CC), Marisa Demarco (MD), Adam Fox (AF), Ari LeVaux (ALV), Laura Marrich (LM), Devin O’Leary (DO’L), Mina Yamashita (MY)