Restaurant Reviews


V.28 No.34 | 8/22/2019
ice cream
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

It’s Like Coming Home

Casa Rondeñas 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.
V.28 No.22 | 5/30/2019
dim sum
Dan Pennington

Restaurant Review

You Dim Sum, You Lose Sum

It Dim Sum is your new favorite snack stop

It Dim Sum brings community to the meal, with an immense variety of choices and the opportunity to discover new things with every bite.
V.28 No.21 | 5/23/2019

Restaurant Review

Off the Top Ropes

Last Call’s small menu seriously satisfies

It’s a gamble to limit what’s on offer, but it seems Last Call does exactly what they want to do, and they do it damn well.
V.28 No.20 | 5/16/2019
Not featured: the crazy red color of really cluckin’ hot
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Chicken Hotter Than A Phoenix

FireBird Hot Chicken lives up to the name

FireBird is a great addition to the Heights, offering a wide array of heat choices for some killer chicken.
V.28 No.18 | 5/2/2019
food
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Vara-way From Ordinary

Vara preps food service launch

Malagueña’s Latin Tapas, which has been making waves in the local food truck scene since 2017, made a surprising announcement recently: They found a permanent home at Vara Wines.