Weekly Alibi's Best of Burque Restaurants 2010

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by Christie Chisholm, Weekly Alibi, October 7, 2010

 

Best Pancakes

Flying Star Café

Seven locations: complete list of phone numbers and locations at flyingstarcafe.com 

Flying Star’s pancakes come blueberry-buttermilk-style. And huge; they also come huge. And scrumptious. And fluffy. Flying Star does desserts and pastries so well, is it really any surprise that they make the best pancakes in town, too?

2) Weck's

3) The Range Café

 

Best Brunch

The Grove Café and Market

600 Central SE • 248-9800

thegrovecafemarket.com 

Combine a light-infused, modern dining space with a market, a large patio, a menu of breakfast and lunch savories, and some of the best sweet treats in the city, and you’ve got The Grove. Brunch is the best meal of the day. Why not have it at the best brunch spot?

2) Tie: Gold Street Caffè, Le Peep, Slate Street Café

3) The Range Café

 

Best Cup of Coffee or Espresso

Flying Star/ Satellite Coffee

See above for contact information

What do Flying Star and Satellite have in common? Well, obviously, the same owners. But beyond that, they also both have stellar coffee—whether you like extra dark Italian or breakfast blend light; straight black or frozen, whipped mocha concoctions. Mmm, concoctions.

2) Michael Thomas Coffee

3) Café Giuseppe

 

Best French Fries

Blake's Lotaburger

More than 75 locations statewide: complete list of locations and phone numbers at lotaburger.com

Duh. No one can resist those curly, hot, seasoned spuds. Dip them in shakes, smush them between the buns of your burger, eat them one by one. Wipe the grease from around your mouth, and smile.

2) Brasserie La Provence

3) Lumpy's Burgers

 

Best Hotdogs

Dog House Drive In

1216 Central SW • 243-1019

Hot dogs aren’t just for ballparks and barbecues. If you’ve got an itch for a frank, find a massive variety anytime at the Dog House. Even celebrities eat there; it was featured in locally made, Emmy-winning favorite “Breaking Bad.”

2) The Cube

3) Tie: Costco and Top Dog

 

Best Bar Food

O'Niell's Irish Pub

Northeast Heights: 3301 Juan Tabo NE • 293-1122

Upper Nob Hill: 4310 Central SE • 255-OPUB (6782)

oniells.com 

Get the fried pickles. Or the green chile-slathered Burger in Paradise. Or any one of O’Niell’s hearty, satisfying meals, which are as kind to vegetarians as they are to your palate (very). In a city without many late-night dining options, O’Niell’s is a saving grace.

2) Two Fools Tavern

3) Gecko's Bar and Tapas

 

Best Veggie Burger

Flying Star Café

See above for contact information

Veggie burgers should be fresh, not frozen. Flying Star makes its version with black beans (yum) and smears it with Cajun dressing and a slab of melted cheddar. It’s like a normal burger, but better.

2) Annapurna's World Vegetarian Café

3) O'Niells Irish Pub

 

Best Huevos Rancheros

The Range Café

Northeast Heights: 4200 Wyoming NE • 293-2633

UNM Area: 2200 Menaul NE • 888-1660

Bernalillo: 925 Camino del Pueblo • 867-1700

rangecafe.com

Taking home this award is impressive. Just about every restaurant around here has its own version of tortillas, eggs, potatoes, chile and beans. Our readers like The Range, which perches its huevos on blue corn, better than all the rest. 

2) Frontier

3) Weck's

 

Best Sopaipillas

Los Cuates

Midtown: 5016 Lomas Blvd. NE • 268-0974

Uptown: 8700 Menaul NE • 237-2800

loscuatesrestaurants.com 

A New Mexican meal is not complete without one of these pastry pillows on the side. No two sopaipillas are the same (just like snowflakes)—some are airy and flaky, others dense and chewy. According to voters, Los Cuates’ sopas are king. 

2) Sadie's

3) El Patio

 

Best Enchiladas

El Patio

142 Harvard SE • 268-4245

Reasons El Patio is great: 1) Everything on the menu is fantastic. 2) Nearly every dish can be made vegetarian (and the avocado burrito will give your taste buds daydreams). 3) The service, the titular patio and the live music are always pleasant. 4) It also happens to have the best darn enchiladas in town. We could keep going, but we think you understand.

 

Best Desserts

Flying Star Café

See above for contact information

How about a gigantic éclair with velvety custard oozing out the middle? Maybe you’re a key lime pie kind of person, or a three-tiered chocolate cake with raspberry glaze lover. Or keep it classic with a warm piece of cherry pie à la mode. Whatever you choose, Flying Star can fill your order.

2) Cupcakeology

3) Chillz Frozen Custard

 

Best Chocolate Confections

The Candy Lady

524 Romero NW • 243-6239

thecandylady.com  

Everyone knows this Old Town casa is the go-to place for titillating treats. But there are plenty of PG-rated sweets on the Candy Lady’s shelves, too. Her homemade fudges, truffles, caramels, nut brittles, glazed fruits, creams and jellies make us feel like kids in a ... well, you know. 

2) Theobroma 

3) Chocolate Cartel

 

Best Cupcakes

Cake Fetish

Uptown: 2665 Louisiana NE • 883-0670

Westside: 6200 Coors, Suite A9 • 899-2425

cakefetish.com 

Cake Fetish makes 36 flavors (that’s more than Baskin-Robbins). With that many cupcakes, you’re bound to find some creative arrangements: Caramel apple? Check. Cherry limeade? Indeed. Margarita madness? You betcha. They even come in minis.

2) Cupcakeology

3) Just a Bite! Bakery

 

Best Milkshakes

66 Diner

1405 Central NE • 247-1421

66diner.com

Best milkshake ever: chocolate banana. It’s not on the menu, but 66 Diner will make it for you. That’s the beautiful thing about this retro soda fountain—the servers will make you just about anything, and they will make it really, really well.

2) Route 66 Malt Shop

3) Owl Café

  

Best Outdoor Dining

El Pinto

10500 Fourth Street NW • 898-1771

elpinto.com

New Mexico isn’t known for its lushness—not in terms of greenery, at least. But a visit to the El Pinto patio will make you feel like you’re in an oasis. Surrounded by ivy-choked trellises and pools of flowers, you’ll dine in a verdant sanctuary.

2) Kelly's Brew Pub

3) O'Niell's Irish Pub