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Mad Max's BBQ Albuquerque (Rio Rancho)

No and thank you. I spend quite a bit of time working in ABQ so will revisit your list.

Jan 10, 2009
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Mad Max's BBQ Albuquerque (Rio Rancho)

Was a bit of a surprise to me too after slamming some other places in town. MadMax is excellent BBQ. Wish he'd move to AZ.

Jan 07, 2009
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

teriyaki (PHX)

When we were slogging through the snow last week we stopped at a Teriyaki place in Tillicum near the military bases. It was so good it got the gears turning to find something in AZ. We were staying with Judy's mother in Kirkland. Next trip up we'll look for the place you mentioned. For now, first stop will be Tokyo House. Thanks for the tip.

Jan 06, 2009
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

teriyaki (PHX)

Like Ziggly mentions below, in the NW these are little corner places, often found in small strip malls. The specialty is usually teriyaki chicken served with steamed cabbage and rice on the side. Many of these little joints offer combo plates with different types of teriyaki meats and tempura. A few even offer bulgogi with a Japanese twist. There are some suggestions below that we will try soon.

Jan 06, 2009
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

teriyaki (PHX)

Hi folks,

Are there any recs for Teriyaki joints in the valley. I know I've bored everyone with this before but we did live in Oly, WA for many years and among other restaurants, enjoyed a local chain called Happy Teriyaki. This isn't gourmet fare for sure but after a recent family visit and re-introduction to the local cuisine I had to ask. The couple of places we've tried in Mesa didn't match up, to say the least, and we gave up looking 5 or 6 years ago. Most decent teriyaki rests will also offer good bulgogi. Thanks in advance.

Doug

Jan 04, 2009
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

Very Short ABQ trip report

By all means give Porky's a try; you might like it. I rarely read other reviews so as not to color my perception unless it is a restaruant we were tipped off about and this wasnt. just wandered around and found it. I suppose I could have been having a bad tastebud day too.. Too much Vodka the night before can do that to you. Opinions are like ..er... tastbuds everybody's got one.. We've been fortunate enough to have tried a lot of very famous bbq around the country. A treasure you have are a group of bbqers and balloonists that make some wickedly good ribs and other bbq. They do cater at the moment. There rubs have green chile powder in them among other things. I only know one of the guys reaonable well, Harry Wilson,and might tell where the are catering o you can sneak into the parties.
and unless they just were just having a bad day we wont be going back. Next time we're trying Mad Max' in Rio Rancho. There is a group of balloonist in Rio Ranche who do BBQ on the side but I can't rember their group name at the moment. They do catering and have worked together on ribs, some of which they make rubs with green powder. If Harry Wilson and friends do fullfil their dream of having a local BBQ joint you will have a very good one. But atfer all that I can't say much mor about Porky's than eh...sorry.

Jul 20, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Very Short ABQ trip report

The 3 week trip wasn't short, just the restaurant exploration time... Too much work, too little time. First stop as always was Cafe Dalat Vietnamese, as good as any Viet restaurant we've found in the SW. The Lime Beef appetizer is unique and oh so good with the caramelized onions.

Our new find, and bright spot was Taj Palace on Eubank near Constitution. We went twice (it was so good we didn't believe our own taste buds after the first visit.) We went at lunchtime and chose the buffet over ordering off the menu. Normally I don't expect much from a buffet but Taj Palace's fare is shout-it-from-the-rooftops good. The selection is > average size with everything spiced just right, especially the tandoori chicken, best I've had anywhere. You can taste the smoke, citrus and complex spices and the chicken pieces were tender and moist. Good service and gracious hosts as well.

The lone disappointment was a relatively new BBQ called Porky's Pride, up Juan Tabo in the corner of a strip mall next to an Albertsons. Nothing was bad, just flat, save possibly for the interesting potato salad. The cole slaw was grocery store fare, and the beans were sort of a knock-off of the 3 bean recipe used by Joe's in Gilbert but once again tasted flat. The hot links were....well, flat... as was the watery flat sauce (there I said it again). The brisquet and chopped pork were mildly smoked but... I won't use the F word again. In fairness the meat was fine, no evidence of being steamed.

We hit a handful of New Mex restaurants along the way including one Seferinos that moved into Perea's old location on Central near the fairground. Breakfast was solid and plentiful; red and green were both quite mild. Route 66 Malt Shop (not the diner) was good for a blue-cheese chile cheeseburger and a rootbear. Lastly was a tasty litle Thai buffet on 4th St, Thai Basil I believe. Pretty good selection and decent food was found there.

As always we're looking forward to our next visit to the Duke City.

Jul 08, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

A couple of Santa Fe questions

Completely agree with smmass - consider Guadalupe Cafe too. They prepare an excellent breakfast.

Jul 08, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Delicious Dives in Santa Fe?

I don't usually reply to Santa Fe posts because we live in AZ and don't feel qualified but we have been to most of the places recommended on this and other posts. Our personal favorite is Guadalupe Cafe. It's not necessarily a dive but it's not fancy. We've never had a bad meal there and it's quite inexpensive. The southwest chicken salad is a real treat and big enough for two to share as a meal.

Jul 03, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Albuquerque - Late night help!

I'm heading to ABQ for a few weeks of business too. You might check the hours for Saggio's Pizza. Food is good and being in the U-district it's probably open late.

Jun 19, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Albuquerque to Sedona to Kayenta and back

The only can't miss spot along the way I can think of is the Turquoise Room at the La Posada Hotel in Winslow. This is a beautiful 30's vintage railway hotel with some very creative Southwestern cooking. You might want to consider spending the night there if the timing works out. I haven't found any other true gems along this route but have had solid meals at couple of different Mexican/American restaurants in Holbrook, one on old Rt 66 just west of the traffic light and another about a mile west.

Jun 19, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

I-40 ABQ to OK City

There are some Laotian restaurants along that route in Amarillo that you might want to consider. Check out Steve's reviews at http://www.eskimo.com/~sockeye/tx/ama...

Jun 15, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Brazilian Cuisine in Goodyear, Arizona!

Glad you liked it. We've been making a weekly pilgrimage to Val's since last year. It's becoming painful with $4/gal gas. She will probably be closing the Goodyear location in early July. Buisiness has been slow at that location for her and the other businesses as well. Since most of her regulars are from the east valley the move makes sense. I can't wait.

Jun 10, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

Review: Mike Thai - Mesa, AZ (w/ photos!)

We only made it to Mike Thai once before its untimely demise. We enjoyed our lunch (probably the same choices as below) and it was quite nice inside. We went to Papaya Thai for lunch Friday. The Tom Kha soup had a wierd sweetness that we didn't care for at all and it had far more onions than chicken... not a good thing. We also ordered chicken larb. It too was way, way sweet and light on chicken. We're talking Baskin-Robbins sweet here. We asked for medium hot and they hit the target there. Service was good and the chicken satay appetizer was ok. We will probably give it another try but wouldn't order the above items again. Sorry to say east Mesa folks but this place is definitely not a gem.

May 25, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Great Salvadoran Pupuseria in Yuma!

And we do visit Yuma from time to time. I'll put this at the top of the list.

May 19, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

(PHX) NEW! Far East Mesa - ZUSHI

We made it back for lunch and tried the Bento boxes, teriyaki chicken and bulgogi. The bulgogi was a few strips of beef over rice with what tasted like no more than soy sauce poured over the top. I did spot a few sesame seeds. The chicken disappointed too. The music is so obnoxiously loud that you have to yell to carry on a conversation. We're scratching this one off our list. I wanted to like the place since it is so close to home.

May 19, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

New Jamaican coming to South Mountain?

We spotted a "coming soon" notice today for SandsCuisine Jamaican on 7th Ave and Baseline. We have Jamaican friends in Seattle; the cuisine is spicy and unique. The only other Jamaican that we're aware of in the Valley is Irie on Broadway. We've heard it's great and the fact that we haven't been there is only a reflection on us.

May 10, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

Utah and Nevada - close to Interstate 80

I'm not sure but it's a definite possibility. Elko has its Basque festa in July. Winnemucca has several Basque restaurants also and hosts it's own festa in June. We haven't made it to either one yet.

May 09, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Utah and Nevada - close to Interstate 80

There are several good Basque restaurants on that route. Our personal favorite is the Star Hotel in Elko.

May 08, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

(PHX) NEW! Far East Mesa - ZUSHI

We stopped in tonight. I didn't know this existed until I read your post and we live only about a mile away. There are very few things I won't eat but unfortunately sushi is one of them. On the other hand, the bento boxes sounded very appealing. Turns out they only offer them at lunchtime so we settled for steak salads (tasty.) We're planning a lunch trip soon. The music is annoyingly loud inside but you have the option to sit outdoors.

Apr 23, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Review: Mike Thai - Mesa, AZ (w/ photos!)

We stop in at Tum Nak just about every week too. She told me that they do scale back on the fish sauce because people find it "smelly." If more authentic is what you're after I'm sure they would accommodate. Pad Ped off of the special menu is spiced with galangal and very flavorful. They will make Panang Curry if you ask. I don't think it's on either menu. The food is solid and the young mom/pop couple are so friendly it's easy to become a regular.

Apr 23, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Ethnic Markets in Phoenix (or the Valley)?

Warsaw Village - Polish - at 107th Ave and Indian School in Goodyear

Mar 20, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

São Paulo and Rio airports

We will be in Brazil in April. Our destination is João Pessoa in Paraiba but we have lengthy layovers in both Guarulhos and Jobim Airports. Any recs for restaurants in the airports or maybe a cab ride away? Also, any recs for João Pessoa?

Afghan restaurant! ? (Tempe, AZ)

I made my initial visit at late-lunchtime last week, after 1, and the place was packed. The lunch buffet was wonderful and $10 didn't seem unreasonable for what they offered. I'm planning to take Judy to dinner there soon.

Mar 09, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Review: Royal Thai Grill - Mesa, AZ (w/ photos!)

I wish I'd know you were going there so I could have warned you. One of the nastiest places we've been. Sadly, I think that waiter might be the owner.

Feb 10, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Mesa - Peruvian restaurant on Alma School?

La Roca has ceviche too. We found out that it is owned by the same family that used to own Peruanitos in Chandler. Same mom cooking in the kitchen. They include a mexican selection to broaden their appeal. It's in the same strip mall as Benjarong.

Jan 30, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

Tum Nak Thai in Mesa

No beer yet but she told me byob is fine. Many of the clientele appear to be regulars. Watch out right at noon... it can get really crowded with students from a nearby medical school.

Jan 28, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Los Cuates salsa

foodsofnewmexico.com sells Los Cuates salsa by the half-case.

Jan 26, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Southwest

Mesa - Peruvian restaurant on Alma School?

Yes, Rincon does have some ceviche choices but we have not tried them. My wife noticed that they offer a lunch buffet now. Scratch El Farol on Thomas off the list for now. We attempted a visit today and they are closed with remodeling going on. They either haven't opened yet or have already come and gone.

Jan 26, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix

Mesa - Peruvian restaurant on Alma School?

We have at least two more Peruvian choices in the area now. La Roca at 1440 S. Country Club Dr. and another I spotted on the north side of Thomas somewhere around 50th St. I didn't have pen or paper with me at the time. It may have been named El Farol. I plan to try both in the near future.

Jan 25, 2008
Doug in Mesa in Phoenix