10Best Albuquerque, NM Restaurants
Chef Jennifer James first brought the concept of small plate dining to Albuquerque with her acclaimed Graze restaurant in Nob Hill. At Jennifer James 101, the commitment to using local food whenever possible, coupled with her talent, has made this one of the most packed restaurants in Albuquerque.
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New & Notable Albuquerque Restaurants
Hot, new Albuquerque restaurants & notable dining experiences you shouldn't miss.
Located near the Old Town area, Vinaigrette, open just 7 months, is a wonderful treat to the eyes and the tummy. With inspiring inviting decor and a bevy of healthy menu choices, it's no wonder this new restaurant has really caught on. Offering healthy options such as a variety of salads (with several meat and seafood choices to add), soups and sandwiches, most of the food is acquired from their very own farm in Nambe, NM. Read more »All New & Notable Albuquerque Restaurants »
Diners have already experienced Farina Alto's great pizza in its cute and cozy location in the EDo district of Albuquerque. Now, those in the Northeast Heights can enjoy the same great food, plus a few extra entree choices at its elegant and spacious new location. Having a large wine room means more wine selections on the menu here, and summer diners will enjoy the outdoor patio. Read more »All New & Notable Albuquerque Restaurants »
About Albuquerque, NM Restaurants
Adventurous dining is a big part of the New Mexico experience, but don’t let tales of head-exploding chile scare you from trying local dishes. True, our official state vegetable (actually, it’s a fruit) can pack a capsicum punch, but a good New Mexico dish uses chile to enhance flavor, not to send you rushing to down the nearest pitcher of margaritas. Traditional New Mexico fare, not to be confused with Mexican, can be found from food trucks to four-star establishments. Many family restaurants serving traditional, chile-based plates are listed in this section, but make sure and explore the many other types of cuisine that are putting Albuquerque on the culinary map. Chefs from around the world have relocated to Albuquerque, and are creating exciting fusion plates based on old favorites using new ingredients. Steaks are top notch in this cowboy country, but seafood flown in fresh from the gulf coast daily is also a pleasant surprise.
- Albuquerque Expert Steve Larese