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Next level bar food at Sister
I’m sure by now you’ve been to Sister. Either for the amazing shows they book, events they hold or just to catch up with old friends. Sister is a bar mostly known for their innovative drinks, but I’m not here to talk about that. They also have a kitchen, and it’s time their food gets recognized.
The next time I went to Sister was for lunch. This time I got my food to go, because I had work to do back at the office. The place was pretty empty, and I got my food rather fast. This time I tried their frito pie ($6), beet and goat cheese salad ($6) and, upon the recommendation of a coworker, the truffle and Parmesan fries ($4). I was most excited about the frito pie, because unlike the classic Texas chili that normally comes with this dish, Sister changed the game. Served in the same cardboard boat as the tacos, fritos were piled high with beans and brisket, your choice of red or green chile, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese and Mexican crema. The boat felt like it weighed five pounds. It was delicious, filling, and there were too many fritos, like most frito pies.
The beet and goat cheese salad is a salad Dwight Schrute could get behind. A pretty plain salad of leafy greens, candied pecans, roasted beets, goat cheese and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. The real star was the beets. Cut into sizable chunks, they were a little sweet and gave the salad that extra crunch. The goat cheese mellowed out and meshed well with the strong beet flavor, and the pecans were a nice added touch.
Next up were truffle and Parmesan fries. Seasoned with black truffle sea salt, these were definitely the saltiest fries I’ve ever had. They toed the line between being too salty and just right. The truffle flavor paired nicely with the shredded Parmesan, and a garlic crema was a nice alternative to ketchup. Also, buyer beware, one order of these fries could easily feed at least two people. I passed my leftovers around the office, having over-ordered and underestimated the amount of food there was.
After a tough decision I decided to go sweet with the ricotta pancakes. The pancakes come three in a stack and are gluten-free, and as a person that can have gluten, I did not notice, nor miss it. They were fluffy, each one spread with lemon curd; the whole stack was topped with Greek yogurt whipped cream. A side of strawberry coulis and blueberries complemented the tangy, citrusy tower. It was like summer on a plate.
Here’s what I also love about Sister: It’s a great place to chill out and talk. They have a friendly staff, interesting things posted all around to look at, arcade games and plenty of seating. Yeah, they have good shows and cool events, but it’s the everyday normal hours that make Sister great. It’s the kind of bar that you don’t feel weird hanging out at on a Sunday morning or a Monday during your lunch. It’s possibly the Central Perk of Albuquerque, at least I know it’s the Central Perk of the Alibi.
407 Central NW
Hours: Sun-Sat 11am-2am
Vibe: A spacious place to chill out
Alibi Recommends: Frito pie, brisket tacos, chicken tacos, ricotta pancakes, any and all cocktails