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Irwin,

If you're in search of Michelin stars and extensive wine lists, you've gone to the wrong place. But that doesn't mean you need to be dining on room service at the Marriot.

I go there regularly for work and a few places come to mind..... but first you need to ask yourself, "red or green?" Those New Mexicans love to slather Chilies on their food. Someone told me that "Red or green?" is the official state question. Not sure if its true but it sounds good.

Following places fall under "casual" heading:

DANG! Just looked it up and High Finance restaurant is closed. Food is mediocre but taking the Tramway to over 10,000' is a very memorable way to get dinner.

Nearby the Sandia Peak Tramway is a pretty darned good BBQ place, County line. NM is by no means The Lone Star state but they do whip up some very good brisket there. Your friends could have beans and fries as you enjoy their delicious fatty brisket.

If you want to hang out with U of NM students and drink some good beers and have tasty food, check out Kelly's brew pub on Central.

There are many restaurants on Central. I know I've had some good Italian on Central as well. Scalo? I've also dined at a quite decent French place somewhere on Central.

And finally wash it all down with a tasting at Gruet. Sure the tasting room is right on a highway and next to a RV/trucking place but don't let that turn you off. Some of their wines are quite respectable. The last time I was tasting there, I walked out with a few bottles of their "Sauvage" sparkling wine. Your friend could have water.
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Irwin, Albuquerque has just been an airport for us to use for Santa Fe and Taos. Santa Fe is not far at all. I hope you can get up there.


we will be in Taos and Santa Fe as well.


When?

will email you directly.
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Irwin, Albuquerque has just been an airport for us to use for Santa Fe and Taos. Santa Fe is not far at all. I hope you can get up there.


we will be in Taos and Santa Fe as well.


When?

will email you directly.


Got it...
What appealed to me?
The weather was fantastic. There were two days where it was 91 and muggy in Baltimore and in the morning in New Mexico it snowed a bit.
I enjoyed the National Museum of Nuclear Science, which is close to Albuquerque. We spent some time with Pueblo Indians learning about them a bit. Went to a kindergarten class.
Bandelier National Monument is pretty cool. Of course the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe is pretty good, but I'd recommend a trip to the Ghost Ranch first to learn more about her life and to see where she painted.
As to food, the best meal we had in Santa Fe was at the Eldorado Hotel in their main dining room.
Wine+Art was kind enough to suggest a few places and he knows the area quite well.
We bought some art from a well known Hopi Indian artist in Santa Fe. Our second piece from him.
You'll have a good time for sure.

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