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V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
The color of the food is as vivid as the array of tastes.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Peruvian Excellence

Pollitos Con Papas II nails the mark with quality

Pollito Con Papas II offers something unique and different for Albuquerque, with a love of food and every dish being a standout option that won't let you down.

V.28 No.15 | 4/11/2019
brisket sandwich
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Nexus Blue: King of Barbeque

You don’t find local barbeque like this often.

You absolutely have to check Nexus Blue Smokehouse out. Good barbeque is easy, but great barbeque proves a far rarer find.
V.28 No.13 | 3/28/2019
bar
Dan Pennington

Bar Review

Down the Rabbit Hole of Mixology

The first thing about Founders is this: no password, no entry. The speakeasy concept is in full swing here. No signage, no obvious hidden door, no indication you’re standing over a bar full of people while you’re inside El Rey Liquors.
V.28 No.12 | 3/21/2019
food
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Freight House Kitchen + Tap

Beer and BBQ are the key to elevated pub grub

Bernalillo may not be the first spot that springs to mind when considering your next bite to eat, but the Freight House could certainly change that. You'll certainly find much to like with a menu and a vibe that's easy-going yet inviting.
V.28 No.11 | 3/14/2019
Just a few of the sugared delights that await you at Three Little Birds.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Next Door to the Brewery

Sweets and sandwiches at Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds is about as close to a deli as there is in Albuquerque. They do breakfast and lunch and, cleverly, stay open late to cater to the Tractor Brewing crowd as well. You can order at TLB, take a number and let them know that you’ll be at the brewery, and they’ll bring your order over to you.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019
Wine.Dive’s impressive wine wall.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Downtown Wine Bar: Redux

New bar Wine.Dive has great food and diverse wine list

Wine.Dive's diverse but curated wine list makes for an easier experience without decision paralysis and the food menu is equally well-considered.
V.28 No.9 | 2/28/2019
BBQ red chile ribs
The Shop

Restaurant Review

Where the Neighborhood Goes for Dinner

The Shop turns into nightshift on Friday and Saturday nights

There is something unshakably punk and unpretentious about The Shop’s demeanor, despite all the critical praise and popularity, and they've pared down their menu to nothing but the greatest hits. And then on Friday and Saturday nights, The Shop becomes nightshift …
V.28 No.8 | 2/21/2019
Green bar at Salt Yard
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Carri Phillis’ New Nightlife Concept

Bring all your boys to the Salt Yard. And all your other people, too.

Albuquerque nightlife doyenne Carri Phillis has done it again bringing a new concept to the city’s bar scene with The Salt Yard.
V.28 No.7 | 2/14/2019
Robin Babb
Natalie Kossar

Restaurant Review

Don’t Wait Until Next Valentine’s Day

Restaurant Antiquity makes any night of the year a great date night

There is nothing shiny or trendy about the way Antiquity looks. It’s all original unpolished wood, a warm fire and simplicity, a testament to things that endure for the right reasons. Which makes it such a wonderful place to take somebody you care about, and not just on Valentine’s or your anniversary or when one of you lands a promotion.
V.28 No.6 | 2/7/2019
Sixty-Six Acres’ Paloma adds a little heat with some jalapeño
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Outstanding in Their Field

Sixty-Six Acres aces cocktails and plates at once

What goes with craft cocktails made with some of the city's best hooch? At Sixty-Six Acres, their answer is an eclectic and exacting menu of starters, flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and rice bowls.
V.28 No.5 | 1/31/2019
Hollow Spirits’ stunning avocado toast
Eric Williams Photography

Bar Review

Hollow Spirits Will Heal Your Gin Scars

New distillery serves infused liquors and a chef-driven food menu

Whether you should come visit Hollow Spirits for the food or for the drinks is a toss-up, so go for both.
V.28 No.4 | 1/24/2019
The view of the Sandias from Bosque North
Eric Williams Photography

Bar Review

A Big Brewery with Bigger Vistas

New Bosque Brewing in Bernalillo expands food menu, provides haven for the outdoorsy

Sip a pint on the patio at Bosque Brewing’s latest venue and you’ll be awestruck by the spectacular sight of the Rio Grande Bosque and the Sandia Mountains.
V.28 No.3 | 1/17/2019
Duck wings and a brew make for a very happy hour
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Drool-Worthy Deals in the Off Hours

Indigo Crow delivers satisfying small plates and sammies

Indigo Crow passes the off-hour reconnaissance test, suitable for a special occasion brunch with drinks or a fancy dinner for your favorite folks.
V.28 No.1 | 1/3/2019
ABQ BBQ’s brisket, green chile cheddar roll and elotes
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Chef Jon Young’s BBQ Brainchild

ABQ BBQ is changing the way you think of barbecue

As soon as you walk in the door to ABQ BBQ, there's no mistaking you're any where else but New Mexico.
V.27 No.51 | 12/20/2018
Trio of tacos with Spanish rice
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Nuevo Mexicano Done Right

Cantina Nueva’s fresh and modern take on New Mexican

Cantina Nueva has gone in a good direction with their freshened up takes on Mexican and New Mexican dishes, and Albuquerque will be glad for the new dining options.