Adventurous eating in Albuquerque

Steve Larese

By , Southwestern USA Expert, Albuquerque
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Albuquerque's New Mexico cuisine is as colorful, adventurous, diverse and savory as the city. From simple dishes that have been enjoyed for centuries, to Southwest fusion tastes that have created their own genre, New Mexico’s distinct culinary legacy is known throughout the world. Chile is the foundation for most of New Mexico’s classic dishes. Technically a fruit, this pepper has been cultivated into several varieties to vary heat and size. Green and red chile are made from the same peppers; greens are younger and reds are fully ripe. Green chile tends to be meatier; red chiles are dried, usually in colorful ristras, then...  Read more »

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    Farm and Table

    Creative, healthy and tasty farm-to-table meals served in a peaceful setting in Albuquerque's North Valley....  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "This sophisticated, rural setting is a perfect place to enjoy a farm-to-table meal under a New Mexico sunset. The patio is lovely with water features, and kids will enjoy playing in the sandbox area or exploring the adjacent farm field with parents after dinner. Don't miss the boutique next door, La Parada."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations for this charming, romantic restaurant, and make sure to give yourself enough time to stroll around Old Town afterward."

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    Artichoke Café

    Local Expert Tip: "With two private rooms seating up to 40, the Artichoke Cafe is available for private parties."

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    Prairie Star at Santa Ana Golf Club

    Excellent food paired with an extensive wine list served in this flowing New Mexico structure that has great views of the Sandia Mountains.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to request a window table when making reservations, to catch the sun setting on the Sandia Mountains."

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    Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

    Contemporary cuisine with plenty of New Mexico accents, coupled with a more-formal downstairs and relaxed...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Go upstairs to the Cantina for a more sports bar type environment inside, or relaxing vibe outside on the patio, with views of the mountains, Old Town and live jazz music accompaniment. Drink specials and bar menu available."

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    Scalo Northern Italian Grill

    This stalwart Albuquerque restaurant in Nob Hill is a great place for fine-dining, people watching and...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out Wine and Dine Wednesdays, when the chef prepares a special menu paired with select wines."

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    Indigo Crow

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $23
    • Neighborhood: Corrales

    The Indigo Crow serves consistently excellent food in a beautiful Corrales location.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask about the pre fixe wine dinners, and enjoy a patio table during warm weather."

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    Bien Shur

    The sweeping views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains complement the solid menu and extensive wine list.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bien Shur creates fabulous buffets on holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Mother's Day. They are also available for Christmas parties and other events."

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    La Crepe Michel

    La Crepe Michel offers a taste of authentic French cuisine in Old Town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations for this small, high-demand restaurant."

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    High Noon Restaurant and Saloon

    This fine-dining restaurant in Old Town is housed in a cozy, historic building and serves one of the best steaks in New Mexico.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the santo room and enjoy a stroll around Albuquerque's Old Town after your meal."



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