2011 Alibi Best of Burque List

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Polls such as this are an exercise in silliness, and should be reported to the Minister of Silly Walks.

For years now, The Weekly Alibi has produced lists of the Best of Burque food that is populated by reader polls. While such polls are not scientifically constructed and are not subject to tests of statistical significance, they often result in some surprising choices. You need to be careful to not interpret such lists as being collection of the best in each category, but simply the most popular in each category  on the day that the readers entered their choices into the poll.

This is a popularity contest, purely and simply. That being said, let me show you where I agree and disagree with the results.

Here are the Alibi reader’s picks that I agree with:

  1. Best Mexican: Los Equipales
  2. Best Bacon: Gold Street Caffè
  3. Best Healthy Breakfast: The Grove Café and Market
  4. Best Falafel: Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery
  5. Best Seafood: Desert Fish
  6. Best Green Chile Cheeseburger: Owl Café
  7. Best Red Chile: Mary & Tito’s
  8. Best Tamales: El Modelo (landslide)
  9. Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café
  10. Best Chef: Jennifer James of Jennifer James 101 (landslide)
  11. Best Restaurant in Albuquerque: Jennifer James 101

 Here are some Alibi results that give me agita.

(These are my opinions alone)

  1. Spiciest Food in Albuquerque: Sadie’s
    Nonsense. Try India Kitchen ghost heat.
  2. Most Missed Restaurant: Casa Vieja
    I don’t miss it at all.
  3. Best Restaurant on the Westside: Mimmo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
    NFW. Nicky V’s is, hands down.
  4. Best Chinese: Chow’s Asian Bistro
    Not even close. Budai is the star here.
  5. Best Indian: Taj Mahal
    Nope. The Gurung’s Namaste is. Followed very closely by Ajay & Rajul Gupta’s India Kitchen.
  6. Best Cup of Coffee: Satellite Coffee
    No way. Cafe Giuseppe and Golden Crown Panaderia tie for this spot.
  7. Best Burger: Five Guys
    No freakin’ way. Five Guys is a cruel joke. There are at least a dozen better.
  8. Best Barbecue: Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-BQ
    Nope. Smokehouse and The Whole Hog are far superior.
  9. Best New Mexican Restaurant: Sadie’s
    What a joke. Mary & Tito’s and El Bruno’s (on 4th) are far superior. And Mary & Tito’s was given a prestigious James Beard America’s Classic award. So there.
  10. Best Carne Adovada: Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs
    Nope. Mary & Tito’s wins this hands down.

 Other equally silly measures

I maintain a Top Ten List and a Hall of Fame here on this blog, for what they are worth. Strictly my opinions, but you would be surprised to hear who agrees with me in whole or in part.

Urbanspoon creates a list of the top 100 restaurants in the Duke Cith area. Again, this is a popularity contest and not a “best of” list. Here are some off the top (on October 8, 2011):

  1.  Frontier Restaurant
    This is rightfully the most popular restaurant in Albuquerque, and it defines what New Mexican cuisine is all about. It is not the best in town, but it is dear to the hearts of generations on UNM students, families, and various camp followers. It is like Nelson Algren’s Lovely with a Broken Nose…. (FGI)
  2. Il Vicino
  3. Viet Taste
  4. Shogun Japanese
  5. Saggio’s
  6. Grove Café & Market
  7. Two Fools Tavern
  8. Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
  9. Lumpy’s Burgers
  10. Siam Cafe
  11. Dion’s
  12. Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
  13. Little Red Hamburger Hut
  14. Five Guys Burgers And Fries
  15. Sadie’s
  16. Thai Tip
  17. Thai Cuisine II
  18. El Modelo Mexican Foods
  19. Tucanos Brazilian Grill
  20. Sakura Sushi and Grill
  21. San Pedro Mart Middle East Grocery and Food
  22. Chama River Brewery
  23. Sophia’s Place
  24. P’Tit Louis Bistro
  25. Range Café
  26. Farina Pizzeria & Wine Bar
  27. Thai Vegan
  28. Ezra’s Place
  29. Oasis Coffee & Tea (The Oasis)
  30. Kokoro Japanese
  31. Slate Street Café
  32. Artichoke Cafe
  33. Namaste
  34. Straight Up Pizza
  35. Flying Star Cafe (Corrales Rd.)
  36. Jennifer James 101
    Why is the best restaurant in town way down here?
    Beats me all hollow.
  37. Jasmine Thai and Sushi House
  38. Paul’s Monterey Inn
  39. Dog House Drive In
  40. Torinos’ @ Home
  41. The Cube
  42. Café Jean Pierre
  43. Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
  44. AmerAsia – Sumo Sushi
  45. El Patio de Albuquerque
  46. Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steaks
  47. Taqueria Mexico
  48. Budai Gourmet Chinese
  49. Mannies Family Restaurant
  50. St. James Tearoom
  51. Joe’s Pasta House
  52. JC’s New York Pizza Department
  53. Scalo Northern Italian Grill
  54. Bailey’s on the Beach
  55. Cafe Istanbul
  56. Yanni’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill
  57. Flying Star Cafe (Nob Hill)
  58. Café Da Lat
  59. Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q
  60. Sakura Sushi Thai & Laos Cuisine

I still love the Alibi.

         

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5 Responses to 2011 Alibi Best of Burque List

  1. Andrea says:

    What is it about Mimmo’s that keeps them on the list? If there is a “there there”, I’m more than willing to go and see what the hype is about.

    • I haven’t tried them yet, Andrea. Luigi’s is my go-to neighborhood Italian comfort place.

      You need to remember the source—Alibi readers don’t have well developed palates. 😉 Many of them even like El Pinto.

  2. Jerry Stauffer says:

    After 40 years in Albuquerque, I still feel the best carne adovada is at Cervantes at Gibson and San Pedro. The green chile’ stew is really good, too, but the best used to be at the club on base, long since closed.

  3. Seth Johnson says:

    I realize this is an older post, but I’m curious where to get a good burger, since I’m new in town. I see that you disagree with 5 Guys, but I haven’t found a burger here in Albuquerque, better than 5 Guys. I’ve tried Blake’s Lotaburger, Whataburger, Jack in the Box (all suggestions from locals) and I would rather pay $20.00 for one 5 Guys burger, than pay $5.00 for 5 burgers from any of the above mentioned places. You said there are at least a dozen better places, would you name a few? Thanks in advance!

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