Restaurant


V.28 No.38 | 9/19/2019
This is the meal you bring to make your coworkers jealous.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Iron Clad Quality

Iron Cafe is just plain amazing

Iron Cafe and their amazing food has found a strong foothold in Albuquerque’s Noodle District.
V.28 No.37 | 9/12/2019
spring rolls
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Roll Your Own

Hosho finds light bites appealing at Spring Rollin’

At first glance you probably wouldn't think you could successfully build a restaurant around what, in America, is basically considered an appetizer, but that's exactly what Spring Rollin' has done. With spring rolls made right before your eyes and egg rolls flash fried as you pick your spring roll ingredients, they've combined traditional with inventive to a pretty delicious effect.
V.28 No.36 | 9/5/2019
Bibimbap is basically my new favorite power meal.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Soo Bak To The Basics

Soo Bak Seoul Bowl is right at home in their new kitchen

Soo Bak Seoul Bowl is just plain amazing. From food truck to full restaurant, with food this good, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they were busy, even hidden away off of Central Avenue.
V.28 No.35 | 8/29/2019
Beef shawarma is officially a new favorite of mine.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Need a Pita, Take a Pita

Need-A-Pita does Middle Eastern food perfectly

Much like the baklava, Need-A-Pita is all about layers. It would be easy to mistake it for just another eatery on Menaul but peel back a few layers, and it’s a place of love and care towards the food that gives it more oomph than you find in some other parts of the city.
V.28 No.34 | 8/22/2019
ice cream
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

It’s Like Coming Home

Casa Rondeña’s kitchen is a bold new direction for the winery

Casa Rondeña wasn’t always a winery; it used to be a home. There are a lot of places that have a homey-like decor or a home-style menu, but have they ever felt like dinner with your family?
V.28 No.33 | 8/15/2019
There is never a bad day for pierogi.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Ain’t No Land Like Poland

Red Rock Deli makes Poland proud

Red Rock Deli has some of the most consistent and solid food in this city. It’s not some elaborate show of presentation and crazy creation; it's tradition and love, and it’s simply sublime.
V.28 No.32 | 8/8/2019
steak
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Art of Not Choking

Artichoke Cafe maintains excellence for 30 years

Artichoke Café pricing isn’t so exorbitant that you couldn’t manage to pull off a nice date night there once in a while, and the lunch pricing alone is very fair, in terms of comparability with other spaces around town versus quality. Maybe if someone has been around for 30 years, you should check out what they’re doing right.
V.28 No.31 | 8/1/2019
burger
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Burgers, Bites and Beginnings

Santa Fe Bite is poised to take Nob Hill by storm

Sometimes there’s a hidden factor in a burger that makes it different than anything else you’ve ever tried. This “it” factor is alive and well at Santa Fe Bite, showing that there’s still room for traditional tastes to surprise us in a world saturated with wild creations.
V.28 No.29 | 7/18/2019
beer sampler
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Enchanting Brews

Enchanted Circle Brewing Co. offers selection and style

Every new brewery that comes to Albuquerque hopes they aren't the one that starts a chain reaction of people getting tired of new breweries. With Enchanted Circle Brewing expanding out of Angel Fire into Albuquerque, they had one distinct advantage going in: They’ve done this before, and they know their beer list is not only functional, but also well liked.
V.28 No.28 | 7/11/2019
The Saigon Scooter is an unbelievable surprise that you cannot afford to miss out on.
Clarke Conde

Restaurant Review

Take Another Piece of My Kart

Dia De Los TaKos hides joy in plain sight

If ever you felt like there was a lack of weirdness in our food scene, as if the experimentation and intrigue that pushed us to inventive combinations was gone, fear not. Dia De Los TaKos is holding the torch high for all to see that creativity and boldness aren’t gone.
V.28 No.27 | 7/4/2019
pizza
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Slice of Hope

Restoration Pizza makes an impact in the community

From their amazing mission to their high-end approach to casual dining to their amazing beer list, there’s not a part of Restoration Pizza that doesn’t work.
V.28 No.26 | 6/27/2019
Betty
Dan Pennington

Restaurant Review

Flavors Far-out and Familiar

Duke City Kitchen rules AM roost

Duke City Kitchen honors the classics but isn’t afraid to take chances with flavor combos that shouldn’t work.
V.28 No.25 | 6/20/2019
elote
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Elote’s for Sho’tes

Burque’s Burgers and Dawgs brings color to International District

Burque’s Burgers and Dawgs is a bright dot on Gibson that is hard to miss and has a good foundation of food to grow from.
V.28 No.24 | 6/13/2019

Restaurant Review

Back to ... the Future?

Some things are too good to change, including Pizza Castle

Pizza Castle's new location trades away the grimy patina of decades for a drive-through.
V.28 No.23 | 6/6/2019
This will leave you speechless.
Dan Pennington

Restaurant Review

Hidden Gem in Burque

The Pupuseria brings variety and taste to the forefront

The chicken at Pupuseria y Restaurant Salvadoreño was cooked so perfectly it hardly made sense. It was literally falling off the bone but hadn’t been overcooked in the slightest.