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MARCH 9, 1998:  Chowtown Directory is a restaurant guide for Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. If you would like to be included in the directory, please call Dan or Ashley at Weekly Alibi (505) 268-8111

AMERICAN
Mori's Lounge and Liquor Store
803 Fourth NW • 243-5847
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Booze
M-Sa 7-9; Su closed
The cocktails are good; the service is great; the atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the food is out of this world. Menu includes hamburgers, enchiladas, BLTs and the crowning plate, meatloaf. Reviewed v6 i16.

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Powdrell's Original Barbecue
11309 Central NE • 298-6766
5209 4th NW • 345-8086
Credit • Checks • Smoking • Beer and wine
Su-Th 11-8; FSa 11-9
There's nothing like sloppy food that you eat with your hands. Though not recommended for a first date, Powdrell's is a real down-home barbecue house that prides itself in being a family restaurant, serving up home-cooked goodness for chump change for over 20 years. Reviewed v5 i42.

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Rancher's Club
1901 University NE (in the Albuquerque Hilton) • 884-2500
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Booze
Lunch: M-F 11:30-2; Dinner: M-Th 5:30-10, FSa 5:30-10:30, Su 5:30-9
Dress up and indulge in one of America's favorite foods! Rancher's Club chefs grill your choice of meat, poultry or fresh fish over mesquite, cherry, sassafras, hickory and other native woods. Put on a tie (a bolo tie will do) for this one. Reviewed v5 i42.

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Rudy's Bar-B-Q
2321 Carlisle NE • 884-4000
10136 Coors NE • 890-7113
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Beer and wine
Seven days 10-10
Billing itself a "real" Texas barbecue, everything about Rudy's is authentic--the vinyl picnic tablecloths, the food they cook and slice up right in front of you when you order it and Rudy's Bar-B-Q "Sause." It's all a little bit trashy, but that's half the fun. Reviewed v6 i27.

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Town House
3911 Central NE • 255-0057
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Booze
M-Sa 11-11; Su closed
Town House has been in operation since 1963 and has scarcely changed a whit in all that time. Sure, they've added a bar, a banquet room and a big-screen TV, which is almost never on. But they've also served up equal shares of opulent Greek dishes and corn-fed Americana to the same clientele since the Kennedy era. Reviewed v6 i47.

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CAFE/COFFEEHOUSE
Gold Street Caffe
218 Gold SW • 765-1633
Credit • Checks • No smoking • No booze
M-F 6:30-5:30; SaSu closed
With great coffee from a top-secret Seattle roaster and a meticulously designed interior, Gold Street Caffe is a great place to ease yourself into your workday. The menu includes New Mexican fare, as well as more continental options like Belgian waffles and bagels and pastries from Wolfe's Bagels. Reviewed v6 i14.

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CAJUN/CREOLE
N'awlins Cafe
1400 Central SE • 243-3665
Credit • Checks • Smoking • Beer and wine
Lunch: M-F 11-2; Dinner: W-Sa 5-9
The menu at N'awlins Cafe includes all the staples of Cajun and Creole cooking: red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo, stuffed bell peppers and seafood po-boys. The desserts are especially recommended (try the beignets and espresso seven-layer doberge cake) and the specials are pretty darn special. Reviewed v6 i9.

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Ragin' Shrimp
3619 Copper NE • 254-1544
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Beer and wine
Seven days 11-10
Don't be fooled by the fast-food-like exterior; Ragin' Shrimp is a classy operation. If you like your seafood spicy (or have a bad head cold), Ragin' Shrimp is a must-visit. Their special Ragin' Sauce is a blend of 30 different spices, simmered for 10 hours before being served. The menu selections are few, but that just makes it easier to decide which tantalizing dish to order. Reviewed v5 i12.

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ECLECTIC
Artichoke Cafe
424 Central SE • 243-0200
Credit • Checks • No smoking • Beer and wine

Lunch: M-F 11-2:30; Dinner: M 5:30-9, Tu-Sa 5:30-10; Su closed

Located in the city's historic Huning-Highland neighborhood is a special treasure of a restaurant--Artichoke Cafe. The Artichoke features nouvelle European cuisine in an intimate, recently remodeled environment. And they have much more than just artichokes. Reviewed v5 i3.

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Humphrey's Cafe
3624 Central SE • 266-1981
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Booze
M-Sa 10-9; Su closed
Gourmet subs, pizza, southern Italian, American and Cajun cuisine are featured at this Nob Hill restaurant. Owner and chef Jim White feeds you all-you-can eat spaghetti every single day they are open! Reviewed v5 i24.

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Michelle's Old World Cafe
6205 Montgomery NE • 884-7938
Credit • No checks • No smoking • Beer and wine
Lunch: Tu-Sa 11:30-2:30; Dinner: Tu-Th 5-9, F 5-10, Su 5-9
Michelle's is both a German and a Middle Eastern restaurant boasting "Four Star Cuisine" and specializing in favorite Greek, Lebanese, Turkish, Egyptian and custom dishes. Both the food and the service are of exceptionally high quality. What fun to have a theme meal or theme party with the help of Michelle's Old World Cafe! Lunch:

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Rojo Grill
2910 Yale SE • 843-7000
Credit • Checks • Smoking • Booze
M-Sa 4-10; Su 10-2
Despite its proximity to the airport, Rojo serves up rare delicacies to please even the most hardened locals. From calamari marinara, to ostrich quesadillas, to rusted pecan trout, Rojo delivers some of the best cooking Albuquerque has to offer--and at a reasonable price. Reviewed v6 i37.

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GREEK/ MEDITERRANEAN
Barry's Oasis
5400 San Mateo NE • 884-2324
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Booze
Seven days 11-9
Hidden in the land of Heights is an unusually soothing and gentle restaurant--an Oasis, if you will--one of those rare restaurants that manages to be both casual and elegant at the same time. Barry's Oasis serves up not so much food as cuisine. Budget accordingly; you won't find any $4 gyros here. The average entree is $12, but the food is beautifully prepared and quite good without being ostentatious. Reviewed v5 i31.

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Cafe Spoleto
2813 San Mateo NE • 880-0897
Credit • No checks • No smoking • Booze
Tu-Sa 6-9:30; SuM closed
Enjoy a menu that changes both seasonally and weekly in this relaxed Mediterranean bistro, serving homemade pasta and sausage. Cozy, comfortable and reasonably priced, Cafe Spoleto is a great setting for an intimate dinner for two or a quiet dinner with friends over a nice bottle of wine. Reviewed v5 i24.

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Gyros Diner
106 Cornell SE • 255-4401
Credit • Checks • Smoking • Beer and wine
M-Sa 11-10; Su 12-9
With great daily specials and comfortable atmosphere, Gyros is an excellent choice for Greek food. If you manage to spend more than $8 for a meal and a beer (don't forget dessert!), you're truly a pig. For the price, Gyros Diner can't be beat. Reviewed v5 i31.

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Olympia Cafe
2210 Central SE • 266-5222
Credit • No checks • No smoking • No booze
M-F 11-10; Sa 12-10; Su closed
Olympia's menu offers many choices, including tiropita (cheese pie), lamb and beef gyros, baked or broiled Grecian chicken, chicken souvlaki and even hamburgers. Also, vegetarians have dreamy choices--hummus, tahini and falafel, tabouli salad, spanakopita and a refreshing Greek salad with feta. The counter service is fast and the food is fresh. Reviewed v5 i31.

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Pars Diner
Montgomery Plaza (Montgomery and San Mateo) • 889-3685
Credit • No checks • No smoking • Booze
M-Sa 10-9; Su closed
Pars offers Greek, Mediterranean, Persian food and more. Dine in or carry out gyros, lamb and chicken dishes, vegetarian plates, mousaka, pastichio, pita sandwiches, basmati rice, subs or burgers. Pars calls their gyros the "best gyros in town." Try Pars and see for yourself. Reviewed v5 i31.

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Yanni's Mediterranean Bar and Grill
3109 Central NE • 268-9250
Credit • No checks • Smoking • Booze
M-Th 11-10:30; FSa 11-11:30; Su 12-10
Yanni's boasts one of the most distinctive interiors of any restaurant in town, that, while perhaps not classically Greek, evokes a Hellenistic chic all the same. The menu contains traditional Greek items like dolmathes, gyros and avgolemono soup, as well as other Mediterranean dishes like pizzas, calzone and hummus. Also try the white Greek wine, which, according to Greek tradition, is supposed to lessen the pain of a hangover. Reviewed v6 i21.

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mexican/new mexican

Taco Sal
9621 Menaul SE • 298-2210
Credit • Checks • Smoking • No booze
Seven days 11-8
Taco Sal is old and respected enough to be an institution, yet friendly and comfortable enough to be the pleasant dining room of a close friend. The standard choice of red or green is coupled with another question: If you order green chile, you have the choice of either Hot or Super Hot. What more could a New Mexican want? Reviewed v6 i1.

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--compiled by Noah Masterson


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