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Annapurna Ayurvedic Cuisine and Chai House serves healthy and delicious vegetarian Indian food and drinks, and specializes in vegan fare prepared in the Ayurvedic tradition. It was awarded "Best Vegetarian Menu" and "Best Vegan Baked Goods" by readers of the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque's alternative weekly newspaper. Try the thali, which translates as "plate" in Hindi and effectively serves as a sampler. Served in a series of small bowls on a spinnable round tray, it is a fun way to experiment with a selection of different dishes. Keen chefs may want to inquire about the Ayurvedic cooking classes available from the restaurant's knowledgeable owner.
The historic Nob Hill area along Central Avenue (Route 66) in Albuquerque's university area is home to a recently revitalized community of local boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Some local favorites include Papers!, a stationary and art supply store, Beeps, a novelty gift store, and the Flying Saucer, one of the city's best coffee shop cafes. Visitors to the area will also find plenty of antique shopping, bookstores, and specialty shops selling everything from yarn to groceries. Many of the local restaurants and bars host live music events, and each year in December, the district puts on a Shop & Stroll holiday entertainment event.
Located inside the iconic Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, MÁS serves exotic tapas dishes and wines amid a vibrant, atmospheric setting. Chef James Campbell Caruso revisits the splendor of Spanish cuisine and crafts lovely renditions that highlight locally-derived ingredients. Choose from vegetable, fish and meat starters such as the Spanish mountain-cured ham, Bacon-wrapped Dates and Barcelona-style Mussels Al Diablo. Besides lunch and dinner, the restaurant also serves breakfast daily and brunch specials on Sunday.
If you are looking for just the right place to impress the boss or your associates, you might find this spot located in the Hilton of Albuquerque perfect for the occasion. Guests can dine in an elegant, formal dining room that is dimly-lit, cozy and contemporary. The menu encompasses everything from succulent steaks, fresh salads, and beautifully prepared and presented seafood. Try the Dry-Aged Ribeye, Filet Mignon or Alaskan Wild Salmon.
The warm and inviting atmosphere of Antiquity will immediately make you feel at home. With brightly polished antique wooden furniture sprawled around and ancient lamps and chandeliers illuminating the entire area, you almost feel as if you've gone two or three centuries back in time. However the contemporary steak and seafood delicacies which are on offer, immediately bring you back to the present. The seasonal menu is an added attraction, so you can relish the best of every season. Shrimps, lobsters and some mouthwatering desserts are the specialties and are available all seasons. Antiquity is truly, one of Albuquerque's hidden treasures.
ABQ Uptown brought an upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment experience to Northeastern Albuquerque. This area includes urban loft apartments, several restaurants, a Trader Joe's grocery store, and retail favorites like Anthropologie, Coldwater Creek, MAC Cosmetics, Apple, and Pottery Barn. The pleasant landscaping of the area also makes it a nice place to stroll when the weather is warm, and with an underground parking garage right beneath the shopping area, you shouldn't have to walk far when it's cold out. Moreover, you can spot ABQ Uptown by the big neon "Q" sign at the corner of Uptown and Q Street.
Established in 1987, Serafian's Oriental Rugs was founded by Geof and Connie Uhle. Currently, the store is owned by Joseph and Elizabeth Gabel and is a purveyor of premium quality oriental rugs. Fantastic designs, excellent material, and great quality rugs are available at Serifans's. Perfect for your living room or to deck up your office space as well, these rugs will surely bring a different charm to your place. Apart from rugs, they also have a good stock of Chinese furniture, copper vessels, brass items, and tribal decor.
Monroe's is where native New Mexicans go to get their chile fix. The restaurant serves authentic New Mexican cuisine, which is a very particular style of food that draws from Mexican and Pueblo Indian culinary traditions. Almost everything on the menu, from enchiladas to chile rellenos (green chiles stuffed with cheese or meat and deep fried), comes with your choice of red or green chile, both made from the same plant. If you're feeling adventurous and want to sample both, ask for "Christmas". For those who can't take the heat of spicy chile, Monroe's also has a "gringo" menu that includes hamburgers, sandwiches, and fried chicken. Save room for dessert, as the restaurant serves green chile apple pie and chipotle cherry pie, as well as traditional Mexican flan.
Make your trip to Los Ranchos memorable by dining at Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse, an upscale dining destination tucked away behind the Village Shops in true speakeasy fashion. Dark and intimate interiors exude a unique ambiance that belongs to the bygone era, making this restaurant a perfect venue for romantic dinners and special occasions. Service follows a high standard and robust wines accompany some of the best prime cuts you will experience in Albuquerque. To start off, try the Blue Crab Cakes or Shrimp Tacos. Entrees see a choice of classic steaks like the New York Strip and Boneless Ribeye, along with exceptional seafood dishes like the 12oz Lobster Tail. A prix fix menu for two is also offered to sample the best of chops and seafood at less. Pair the selections with a glass of your favorite wine while saving room for dessert. The overall experience will leave even the most discriminating foodies impressed. Reservations are highly recommended.
When you go to this bread shop you are offered a sample of the goods: a substantial slice of bread you may top with complimentary butter or honey. The bread is made with fresh ingredients including nuts, fruit and grains. The loaves are sold sliced or whole and are mouthwatering. Crusty European loaves, including Italian, German and French bread share rack space with soft crusted home-style breads such as cheese, fruit-filled, whole wheat and plain.