Best Of Burque 2011: Local Flavor

Best Growers' Market

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Robinson Park

Eighth Street and Central NW

Saturdays mornings, June through October

Best Of Burque 2011:

When you buy your produce directly from the hands that raised it, you’re supporting the local economy and a sustainable food system. Basically, you’re helping the world be a better place from your own kitchen. Alibi readers agree that the Downtown market is the best place to get started.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) Los Ranchos Growers’ Market

3) Corrales Growers’ Market

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Community Supported Agriculture (Csa) Service

4803 Rio Grande NW

Multiple pickup locations


Best Of Burque 2011:

Los Poblanos has integrated itself into the culture of our city. It’s organic, it’s year-round, it’s distributed to a host of area restaurants and into many of your kitchens. It’s simply the best.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) ARCA Organics

3) Erda Gardens and Learning Center

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Butcher / Meat Counter

2912 Eubank NE (at Candelaria)


6100 Coors NW, Suite H (at Montano Plaza)


Best Of Burque 2011:

So here’s the thing about meat: You want it to be chock-full of flavor, not hormones and preservatives. That’s why you shop at a place like Keller’s, which sells natural, humanely raised and chemical-free meats. Then when you bring home the bacon, you bring it home right.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) Nelson’s Meats

3) Tie: Alpine Sausage Kitchen, Tully’s Italian Deli & Meats

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Locally Made Condiment

Best Of Burque 2011:

Whether you guzzle this heat-packing potion at the flagship Los Ranchos restaurant or sample it gingerly from a jar you picked up at the grocery store, you know why it won this category: New Mexicans like things hot.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) El Pinto salsa

3) 505 Southwestern salsa

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Bakery

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

Best Of Burque 2011:

Flying Star makes a tantalizingly thick chocolate mousse cake and a tender jelly-filled doughnut with equal perfection. In fact, there’s entire cases stocked with immaculate confectionary concoctions. And it’s open late. Let’s celebrate by eating some cake right now.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) ABC Cake Shop and Bakery

3) Golden Crown Panadería

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Specialty Grocery Store

UNM Grab & Go

UNM Bookstore

2301 Central NE


Nob Hill

3500 Central SE



2400 Rio Grande NW


Best Of Burque 2011:

It feels good to shop at co-ops, which support the local economy and the regional foodshed. You know you’re not handing your dollars to money-grubbing big business. Plus, La Montañita has some damn fine vegan chocolate cupcakes, and that feels good, too.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) Talin Market World Food Fare

3) Keller’s Farm Stores

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Everyday Grocery Store

Multiple locations

Best Of Burque 2011:

The Smith’s on Constitution and Carlisle has real, honest-to-God sushi. And an olive bar. And it’s delicious.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) Trader Joe’s

3) Whole Foods Market

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Produce Selection

Eric Williams
Multiple locations

Best Of Burque 2011:

Sunflower locations continue to expand across the Southwest. (Albuquerque has four now.) Their fine produce selection is just one reason why. Regular and organic fruits and veggies sit side-by-side. Fava beans? Sunchokes? They’ve got those. And more.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) Whole Foods Market

3) La Montañita Co-op

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Wine Shop

Eric Williams
3512 Lomas NE


Best Of Burque 2011:

Jubilation carries just about any wine, beer or liquor you can think of, and plenty you can’t. It’s never open later than 10 p.m., which keeps the place classy.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) The Quarters Package Liquor

3) Kelly Liquors

Best Of Burque 2011: Best Brewery

111 Marble NW


Best Of Burque 2011:

Draft Magazine listed Marble’s From the Wood Belgian-style ale as one of the “Top 25 Beers of 2010.” With seven regular house beers and a host of seasonal selections, it’s not hard to see why Marble is such an up-and-comer in the suds industry. Grab some from store shelves, or head on over to the brewpub on—where else?—Marble to see what’s on tap.

Best Of Burque 2011:

2) Chama River Brewing Company

3) La Cumbre Brewing Company

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