Best Of Burque 2012: Local Flavor

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Best Of Burque 2012: Best Growers' Market

Robinson Park

Eighth Street and Central NW

Saturdays mornings, June through October

Best Of Burque 2012:

A warm afternoon in Robinson Park, some just-picked sweet corn, a wedge of fresh goat cheese, a bag of ripe heirloom tomatoes and maybe some live bluegrass: This is the kind of thing Albuquerqueans dream of.

Best Of Burque 2012:

2) Los Ranchos Growers’ Market

3) Corrales Growers’ Market

Best Of Burque 2012: Best Csa

Best Of Burque 2012:

Winning by a landslide, the community-supported agriculture service formerly known as Los Poblanos Organics makes it easy for customers to take home weekly deliveries of high-quality organic produce and groceries.

Best Of Burque 2012: Best Butcher

2912 Eubank NE


6100 Coors NW, Suite H


Best Of Burque 2012:

Discerning carnivores rejoice over this long-standing purveyor of incredibly fresh (and humanely raised, chemical-free) meats and deli selections.

Best Of Burque 2012:

2) Nelson’s Meats

3) Tie: Sunflower Market, Whole Foods Market

Best Of Burque 2012: Best Locally Made Condiment

It was hard to narrow this one down. Among the standouts: 505 green chile sauce , Aroma Fresca pesto , Heidi’s raspberry jam , Dion’s ranch dressing, Lusty Monk mustard and Cervantes’ red chile . Salsa loyalties were divided, natch, with shout-outs to El Pinto , Los Cuates , Monroe’s , Pedro’s and Sadie’s .

Best Of Burque 2012: Best Bakery

1103 Mountain NW


Best Of Burque 2012:

This Downtown-area panadería steals the baking crown thanks to its addictive green chile bread, its wide selection of fresh pizzas and its award-winning bread sculptures.

Best Of Burque 2012:

2) ABC Cake Shop

3) French Riviera Bakery

Best Of Burque 2012: Best Specialty Grocery Store

88 Louisiana SE


Best Of Burque 2012:

Lured perhaps by the new food truck gathering on Wednesday afternoons, ethnic-food-seeking shoppers knocked La Montañita Co-Op out of the top spot. Talin is clearly the place to go for Asian food, but the far-reaching selection of goods from Europe, South America and Africa makes this specialty superstore an Albuquerque essential.

Best Of Burque 2012:

2) Trader Joe’s

3) Sunflower Market

Best Of Burque 2012: Best Produce Selection

Multiple locations

Best Of Burque 2012:

The expanding Sunflower empire (four and counting in Albuquerque) impresses with its weekly cornucopia of bright, crisp fruits and vegetables. And let’s not forget all those “Crazy Price” specials, which have readers gobbling up buckets of blueberries and sacks of strawberries.

Best Of Burque 2012:

2) Whole Foods Market

3) La Montañita Co-op

Best Of Burque 2012: Best Wine Shop

3512 Lomas NE


Best Of Burque 2012:

Jubilation’s a safe bet for obscure craft beers, a vintage Highland Scotch or a great bottle of red. And the staff is knowledgeable and conversant to the point that you may just walk out fancying yourself a connoisseur.

Best Of Burque 2012:

2) Quarters Package Liquor

3) Trader Joe’s
Local Flavor

Mark Beyer

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