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Journal readers have spoken
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ore than 2,700 votes
were tallied in the
third Albuquerque
Journal Readers’
Choice Awards.
“Readers’ Choice is an
opportunity for Albuquerque
Journal readers to get
involved and vote for their
favorites across a wide
variety of categories,” says
Lauren Rolls, marketing
manager for the Albuquerque
Journal.
Readers had 133 categories
to consider this year, from
favorite doughnut shop to
podiatrist to dog groomer to
place to watch a sunset.
Rolls adds that reader
participation has increased
from year to year.
In some categories it’s clear
our readers have favorites,
with several three-peat
winners, while in other
categories there have been
different winners each year.
Some of those three-time
winners: hometown favorites
Neil Patrick Harris and
Holly Holm, The Garage
Auto Repair, Renewal by
Andersen, TLC Plumbing &

Utility, Rudy’s Country Store
& Bar-B-Q, Sadie’s, Rebel
Donut, Marble Brewery,
Dion’s, Albuquerque
International Balloon Fiesta,
Dillard’s, Defined Fitness,
Betty’s Bath and Day Spa,
Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga.
First-time winners this
year include Houston
Wholesale Cars, ABQ
Uptown, Triple Sevens

Saloon, Flying Star, M’tucci’s
Italian Restaurant, Le Peep,
Two Men and a Truck, Arie’s
Dogland and Art Attack.
All the winners were
honored at a reception
Thursday.
Winners were determined
with an electronic count of
online ballots combined with
paper ballots received during
a monthlong voting period.

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PERSONALITIES
BARTENDER

POLITICIAN

WINNER: Austin Leard at M’tucci’s
Italian Restaurant
6001 Winter Haven Road NW Suite M;
503-7327, Mtuccis.com

WINNER: Mayor Richard Berry
Currently serving his second term
as mayor of the state’s largest city,
Richard Berry was also elected to
the New Mexico Legislature and was
a successful business entrepreneur.
Berry, who was raised in Nebraska,
attended the University of New Mexico
on academic and athletic scholarships.

Austin Leard is no ordinary mixologist,
or even a Tom Cruise wannabe.
“I’m not the club bartender,” he says.
“I’m not the fastest, but I’m very
meticulous and accurate.”

2. Gov. Susana Martinez

He has to be because he serves up an
eclectic collection of fruit-based drinks
that he essentially created.

3. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
NOTABLES: U.S. Sen. Martin
Heinrich; U.S. Sen. Tom Udall; former
Gov. Gary Johnson; N.M. Attorney
General Hector Balderas; City
Councilor Isaac Benton

“My strongest suit is creatively,” he
says. “I take a culinary approach
to cocktails. In 2014 I took over the
cocktail menu and we started doing
things that nobody else was doing.”
2. Rosa Reyes at Rio Grande Brew
Pub
Albuquerque International Sunport

TATTOO ARTIST
WINNER: Brian Everett
Fine Line Tattoo
5511 Central NE;
route66tattoos.com

3. Tray at Scalo Northern Italian Grill
3500 Central SE; scalonobhill.com
NOTABLES: Kathy at El Patron;
Shirley at Cervantes; Mike at O’Niell’s;
Rob at Farino Alto

Austin Leard

PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH
WINNER:
Albuquerque
International Sunport
2200 Sunport SE;
abqsunport.com

Considered a master black-andgray artist, Brian Everett’s style
is refined photo-realistic skin art.
While a college student in the
1970s, he opened one of the first
tattoo studios in the city.

2. Johnny Mac
Tinta Cantina
3902 Central SE; tintacantina.com
3. Ericksen Linn
Star Tattoo
10200 Corrales Road;
startattoo.com
NOTABLES: Jason Ward at Star
Tattoo; Ben Shaw at Archetype
Dermagraphics; Eric Martinez at
Iconink 47 Studio; Rudy Lopez at
Tinta Cantina; Chris Partain at Star
Tattoo

ATHLETE

With nearly 5 million
visitors a year, there
are certainly plenty of
people to watch. Which
is probably why the
Sunport has won this
category for the past
three years.

WINNER: Holly Holm
The former boxing champ won
and lost the UFC Women’s
Bantamweight championship over
the past year. In her Albuquerque
hometown, Holly Holm’s an
undisputed champ, winning this
category the past three years.

2. Coronado Mall
6600 Menaul NE
3. Old Town
NOTABLES: Uptown;
Frontier; Nob Hill;
Downtown; State Fair

Richard Berry

Albuquerque International Sunport

NONPROFIT
WINNER: Rotary Club of Albuquerque
3301 Menaul NE; rotaryabq.org

2. Animal Humane New Mexico
615 Virginia SE; animalhumanenm.org

Chartered 100 years ago, the club has
served as a meeting place for the exchange
of ideas and experiences, and community
service projects remain a central theme,
according to its website.

3. Assistance League of Albuquerque
5211 Lomas NE; assistanceleagueabq.org
NOTABLES: Roadrunner Food Bank;
Catholic Charities; Watermelon Mountain
Ranch; Barrett House; Youth Development
Inc. NM

ACTOR
WINNER: Neil Patrick Harris

2. Unique Lovato

Star of stage and screen, Harris is an actor,
singer, comedian, producer, director and
TV host. The Albuquerque native won is
this category in the past two year’s voting.

3. Steven Michael Quezada
NOTABLES: Jesse Tyle Ferguson; Kenny
Miller; Natalie McClure; Bryan Cranston

Holly Holm

2. Brian Urlacher
Retired NFL player
3. Curtis Beach
Decathlete
NOTABLES: Notah Begay III; Jon
“Bones” Jones; Courtney Frerichs

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PERSONALITIES
NEWSCASTER
WINNER: Tom Joles
KOB-TV Channel 4’s Eyewitness
News evening co-anchor Tom Joles
came to New Mexico in 1987 and
began his long relationship with
local audiences the following year.
“I just love New Mexico, period,”
Joles says. “It’s such an engaging
place with a diverse population,
great places to play outside and a
multiculturalism that you don’t find
other places.”
Joles grew up in Wisconsin where
his mother still lives. He earned
his bachelor of science degree
from the University of Wisconsin
at Eau Claire. While studying he
spent a semester at the University
of Copenhagen in Denmark. He
has traveled extensively. Reported
on war in Nicaragua in the late
1970s for WFRV-TV in Green Bay,

Tom Joles

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Wis., and later toured Europe and
worked on a journalism project in
Israel.
He has won many awards since
coming to Albuquerque.
“New Mexico is a tough audience
for someone coming in from the
outside,” Joles says. “People are
generally skeptical of folks from
other places, so it’s very flattering
to be accepted and trusted by New
Mexicans.”
2. Shelly Ribando
koat.com
3. Doug Fernandez
koat.com
NOTABLES: Todd Kurtz; Dean
Staley; Kim Vallez; Marisa Maez;
Royale Da

METEOROLOGIST

WINNER: Donnie Chase
1003thepeak.com

2. Bob Clark
770kkob.com

WINNER: Mark Ronchetti
krqe.com

2. Steve Stucker
kob.com

Donnie Chase is part of the popular
“Jackie, Tony and Donnie” show on
KPEK-FM, described as “just three
friends that sit around talk about stuff.”
Chase grew up in Moriarty.

3. Jackie, Tony & Donnie
1003thepeak.com

Chief meteorologist Mark Ronchetti
joined KRQE-TV in 2006, and has
enjoyed a huge following since. This
is his second win in this cateogry.

3. Joe Diaz
koat.com

NOTABLES: Bobby Box; Swami Rob;
Scott Stigler; Chaz Malibu; Kiki Garcia

NOTABLES: Byron Morton; Kristen
Currie; Eric Green; Jorge Torres

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SHOPPING
BOOKSTORE
WINNER: Barnes & Noble
6600 Menaul NE; 883-8200
A three-time winner, Barnes
& Noble is the largest retail
bookseller in the country, with
more than 600 stores in all 50
states. It’s also a leading retailer
of content, digital media and
educational products in the U.S.

2. Page One
5850 Eubank NE Suite B-41;
294-2026
3. Bookworks
4022 Rio Grande NW; 344-8139
NOTABLES: Hastings; Treasure
House; Don’s Paperback Books

GOLF SHOP

Cycle Cave

BIKE SHOP
WINNER: Cycle Cave
5716 Menaul NE; 884-6607, CycleCave.com
For 43 years, when cyclists are looking for
a little service, an accessory or a new bike,
Cycle Cave has been the go-to shop in
Albuquerque.
For those four-plus decades, the store has
sold Raleigh bikes and some 10 years ago,
added the Scott brand to the line up.
“We try pretty hard to take care of the
customers,” says manager Hervey Hawk. “We

try to devote a little special attention to them.
We don’t leave them standing around waiting
for attention.”

WINNER: Bullseye Golf
Headquarters
8212 Menaul NE; 884-3454

2. Golf Mart
4200 Wyoming NE Suite A-5;
299-0998

Bullseye Golf, Albuquerque’s
oldest golf shop, has been
serving local golfers since 1976.
It specializes in expert club
repair and fitting. It boasts a
large selection of equipment and
clothing.

2. Isleta Golf Shop
11000 Broadway SE; 724-3800
3. Dick’s Sporting Goods
Multiple locations;
dickssportinggoods.com

DEPARTMENT STORE

2. Fat Tire
421 Montaño NW #B; 345-9005

WINNER: Dillard’s
Multiple locations; dillards.com

2. Macy’s
Multiple locations; macys.com

3. High Desert Bicycles
6624 Carminito Coors NW; 896-4700

A three-peat winner, Dillard’s
attributes its success to its sales
associates, hiring people who
are positive and professional,
then training them extensively.

3. Kohl’s
Multiple locations; kohls.com

NOTABLES: Trek Bicycle Superstore; Two
Wheel Drive; Sandia Cycles; Sport Systems;
Northeast Cyclery Inc.

NOTABLES: JC Penney; Target;
Sears

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SHOPPING
SPECIALTY FOOD
WINNER: Trader Joe’s
8928 Holly NE; 796-0311
2200 Uptown Loop NE;
883-3662
www.traderjoes.com
Trader Joe’s is a supermarket
chain with headquarters in
Monrovia, Calif., and Boston,
Mass., that specializes in
organic and specialty food
items in addition to meats,
dairy, deli and seafood
products. Trader Joe’s stores
also carry a wide selection of
beers and wines.
Started in 1958 in the Los
Angeles area as a small chain
of convenience stores, it
was originally called Pronto
Markets. In 1967, Joseph
Coulombe, the original Trader
Joe, changed the name and
introduced the South Sea
island look and Hawaiian
shirts for staffers. The chain
packages many foods under
the “Trader Joe’s” name. The
chain is also known for the

varietal red and white wines it
sells under the label Charles
Shaw, which it buys direct
from a California winery.
Trader Joe’s opened the
first New Mexico store in
Santa Fe in 2004. The first
Albuquerque store opened at
Paseo and Ventura in 2006,
the Uptown store opened in
2009.
“What an honor to be
selected by the community
as a favorite destination,
we are thrilled,” says Trader
Joe’s spokeswoman Alison
Mochizuki.
2. Whole Foods
Multiple locations;
wholefoodsmarket.com
3. Sprouts
Multiple locations; sprouts.
com

Trader Joe’s

NOTABLES: Talin Market;
Keller’s; La Montañita Co-op;
ABQ Olive Oil Co.

GROCERY STORE
WINNER: Smith’s
Multiple locations; smithsfoodanddrug.com

2. Sprouts
Multiple locations; sprouts.com

Smith’s, one of the Kroger family of stores,
has a long history of engagement in the
communities it serves. With more than a dozen
locations in Albuquerque, there’s one near you.

3. Albertson’s
Multiple locations; albertsons.com
NOTABLES: Trader Joe’s; Whole Foods;
La Montañita Co-op; Walmart

CAR DEALERSHIP
WINNER: Houston
Wholesale Cars
4718 Lomas NE;
255-5200

Now We’re Cooking

COOKING SUPPLY
WINNER: Now We’re Cooking
8100 Wyoming NE; 857-9625, nowwerecookingabq.com
Amateur chefs and adventurous cooks can find almost everything
they need at the Now We’re Cooking store.
Nancy Herring co-owns the shop with her husband, Matthew
Segura.
Shoppers can find traditional kitchen supplies but also something
unique. Herring says she attends shows, reads industry
magazines and meets with sales representatives to find specialty
items for the store.
“We’ve been here 25 years this December,” she says. “Our
selection is good and we have good customer service.”
2. Williams-Sonoma
2261-G Q St. NE; 872-0486
3. Bed, Bath and Beyond
Multiple locations; bedbathandbeyond.com
NOTABLES: Home Goods

The men behind
Houston Wholesale
have a combined 40
years of experience
in the business. Its
inventory is searchable
on its website. With a
motto of “Shop Smart,
Buy Smart,” Houston
Wholesale has been
garners numerous
awards for best used
car dealer of the city.
2. Garcia Honda
8301 Lomas NE;
260-5000
3. Lexus of
Albuquerque
4821 Pan
American Freeway;
880-748-1951
NOTABLES: Don
Chalmers Ford; Garcia
Subaru; Larry H. Miller
Toyota; Perfection
Honda; Rich Ford

Houston Wholesale Cars

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SHOPPING
HOBBY STORE

SPORTING GOODS

WINNER: Hobby Lobby
Multiple locations; hobbylobby.com

WINNER: Big 5 Sporting Goods
Multiple locations;
big5sportinggoods.com

Hobby Lobby has crafted an empire, with
more than 600 stores across the country.
That includes a 60,000-square-foot store
that opened a couple of years ago in the
Sierra Vista center on Montgomery NE.
2. Michael’s
3701 Ellison Drive NW Suite B; 922-0221
4410 Wyoming NE; 299-4007
3575 NM Hwy 528 NE Bldg. E, Suite 100,
Rio Rancho; 814-1438
3. Hobby Proz
2225-A Wyoming NE; 332-3797
NOTABLES: Joann’s; Scraps Galore;
Artisans Artist Supply; Art Attack

Star Tattoo

GARDEN SUPPLY

TATTOO & PIERCING SHOP

WINNER: Lowe’s
Multiple locations; lowes.com

Star Tattoo is known for creating
original designs for clients,
as well as its family-friendly
environment. Its artists specialize
in different styles. Its owners
have been in business 15 years.

2. Evolution Body Piercing
4517 Central NE; 255-4567
3. Fine Line Tattoo
5511 Central NE; 255-3784
NOTABLES: Tinta Cantina;
Blacklist

Trees & Shrubs * Bedding Plants * Gardening Tools & Accessories
Vegetables * Ornamentals * Fertilizer * Soils & Soil Amendments
Yard and Wall Art * Pottery * Fountains & Statuary * Sod

Thank You!

JerichoNursery.com

101 Alameda Blvd NW 505-899-7555
6921 Pan American Fwy NE 505-508-5059

WINNER: Star Tattoo
10200 Corrales Road NW Suite
E4; 922-6217

Open
Mon-Sat
9am - 5pm
Sunday
11am - 5pm

Since its beginnings as a small hardware
store in 1946, Lowe’s has grown to a home
improvement company providing customers
inspiration and support. From plants and
planters to equipment and furniture, Lowe’s
has the garden covered.

Big 5 Sporting Goods is one of the nation’s
top retailer of name brand sporting goods
and accessories. Products include athletic
shoes, apparel and accessories, as well
as outdoor and athletic equipment for
team sports, fitness, camping, tennis, golf,
skating and more.
2. Dick’s Sporting Goods
Multiple locations; dickssportinggoods.com
3. REI
1550 Mercantile NE; 247-1191
500 Market St. Suite 100, Santa Fe;
505-982-3557
NOTABLES: Charlie’s Sporting Goods;
Sportsman’s Warehouse; Sports Authority

2. Jericho Nursery
101 Alameda NW; 899-7555
6821 Pan American Freeway NE; 508-5059
3. Osuna Nursery
501 Osuna NE; 345-6644
NOTABLES: Home Depot; Rehm’s Nursery;
Alameda Nursery; Plant World; Ace
Hardware

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SHOPPING
MALL
WINNER: ABQ Uptown
2200 Louisiana NE; 792-1929
ABQ Uptown is an outdoor
luxury shopping mall with
approximately 220,000 square
feet of retail shops and
restaurants. Since opening in
2006, it has become a favored
destination for upscale fashion,
home furnishings and dining.
2. Coronado Mall
6600 Menaul NE; 881-2700
3. Cottonwood Mall
10000 Coors Bypass NW;
897-6571
NOTABLES: Winrock;
Furniture Row

TOYS & GAMES
WINNER: Toys R Us
7400 Indian School NE;
884-1144
3701 Ellison NW; 899-8697
Assistance League Thrift Shop

THRIFT STORE
WINNER: Assistance League Thrift
Shop
5211 Lomas NE; 265-0433,
assistanceleagueabq.org
For anyone low on cash but looking to
improve their wardrobe or buy furniture
and other housewares for a new home,
the Assistance League Thrift Shop is the
place to go.
The shop is staffed entirely by volunteers
and is the fundraising arm of the
Assistance League Albuquerque.

The store features gently used items that
were donated by the public. In addition
to clothing and household item, the store
has jewelry, shoes, books and sports
equipment.
Thrift store manager Louise Odegaard
says the store allows the group to help
many people in the community.
“Nobody does this for money,” she
says. “The camaraderie of the group is
amazing.”

SHOE STORE
WINNER: Shoes on a
Shoestring
9311 Coors NW; 897-0014
7200 Montgomery NE;
881-2221
A three-time winner, Shoes
on a Shoestring carries more
than 150 different brands for
women, men and children. It
also has a large selection of
accessories.

2. Saver’s
2620 Carlisle NE; 888-0116
3400 Calle Cuervo NW #2; 890-2680
3. What Goes Around Consignment
6300 San Mateo NE C4; 858-1067
6200 Coors NW Suite A-10; 898-9897
NOTABLES: Goodwill; Thrift Town;
Animal Humane; Family Thrift Store;
Plato’s Closet

3. New Balance
1331 Juan Tabo NE; 299-9471
3731 Ellison NW Suite B;
899-0060
NOTABLES: Heart & Sole;
Payless; Big 5 Sporting Goods;
Sole Comfort; Tierra Firma

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE
WINNER: Articles for Her
8510 Montgomery NE Suite A1; 298-6700
Specializing in casual but dressy clothing for women for more than
35 years, Articles also offers stellar service, with employees who
are “helpful, sweet and compassionate.” The store carries many
brands not found elsewhere in New Mexico.
2. Chico’s
Multiple locations; chicos.com
3. Gee Loretta!
10655 Montgomery NE; 292-6652
NOTABLES: Willow; Talbot’s; Ann Taylor Loft

2. Out of the Blue Toys
2502 Rio Grande NW; 242-4455
3. Bigglesnorts Toys
11200 Montgomery NE Suite 22;
554-3452
NOTABLES: Walmart; Astro
Zombies; Hobby Proz

PET STORE

ELECTRONICS STORE
2. Dillard’s
Multiple locations; dillards.com

Founded in 1948, Toys R Us is
one of the largest toy retailers in
the world, with more than 850
stores in the U.S. and more than
755 international stores.

WINNER: Best Buy
Multiple locations;
bestbuy.com

2. Apple Store
2240 Q St. NE ABQ
Uptown; 837-6480

Walls of big-screen TVs,
the Geek Squad and those
deep-discount Black Friday
deals. Its website boasts
that 70 percent of the U.S.
population lives within 15
minutes of a Best Buy.

3. Radio Shack
Multiple locations;
radioshack.com
NOTABLES: Brookstone;
Baillio’s

MENSWEAR
WINNER: Dillard’s
Multiple locations; dillards.com
Dillard’s, a repeat winner in this category as well as favorite
department store, carries a wide range of labels — Polo,
Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole and more — to outfit a man in
style.
2. Men’s Wearhouse
Multiple locations; menswearhouse.com
3. Bert and Jess Clothiers
2671 Louisiana NE; 345-9329
NOTABLES: Jos. A. Bank; JC Penney; Suits Unlimited

WINNER: PetSmart
Multiple locations;
petsmart.com
Another three-time winner,
PetSmart operates grooming
salons, pet hotels and boarding
facilities alongside its retail
special pet products. Millions of
pets have found homes through
in-store adoption partnerships.
2. Clark’s Pet Emporium
4914 Lomas NE; 268-5977
11200 Menaul NE; 292-6288
3. Long Leash on Life
9800 Montgomery NE Suite 13;
299-8800
NOTABLES: Petco; Pet Vet
Supply; Jack and Rascals;
Boofy’s; Petland

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HEALTH & BEAUTY
DENTIST

JEWELRY STORE

WINNER: Dr. Melissa Ravago
8400 Osuna NE Suite 2B;
292-6414,
www.ravagodentalcare.com

WINNER: Butterfield Jewelers
2411 San Pedro NE; 884-5747,
butterfieldjewelers.com

Dr. Melissa Ravago is an
Albuquerque native who
earned her degree from the
Tufts University School of
Dental Medicine. She then
returned to her home state
and practiced at the University
of New Mexico, eventually
becoming an associate
professor there. She has been
practicing general dentistry
in Albuquerque since 2007.
She also does cosmetic and
pediatric dentistry and restores
implants.
Ravago says her time at UNM
with gave her a experience in a
broad spectrum of procedures
under the supportive
mentorship of professors and
other faculty. She credits the
staff in her own practice for
their valuable support. Staff
members can accommodate
the needs of those who speak
Spanish and Vietnamese.
“I think that the number one
thing that contributes to my
success is my staff. They are
really friendly and reliable and

The store was founded in 1928 in Pana, Ill.,
by the Butterfield family. The family moved to
Albuquerque in 1945 and brought the store
with them. The store has passed on to the next
generations, who still own and run the store.
On staff, are also master goldsmiths and
watchmakers. The store specializes in
diamonds, says part owner Mike Butterfield.
He adds the store excels at customer service
and sees those who walk through the doors
as not just another number but humans with a
story.

Dr. Melissa Ravago
that makes for a really cohesive
practice. I think we genuinely
care about patients and we
understand the vunerability
people feel when they come
in,” Ravago says.
2. Dr. Philip Gallegos
4411 Montano NW Suite D;
503-6720

“We provide the nicest diamond at good
prices,” he said. “We like to make people
happy and to make them feel good.”
2. Harris Jewelers
909 36th Place SE, Rio Rancho; 892-3841

NOTABLES: Beauchamp Jewelers; Lilly
Barrack; Ooh Aah Jewelry; Enchanted
Jewelers; Mark Diamond’s

NOTABLES: Dr. Bryan Sei;
Dr. Fred Giombolini; Dr. John
Candelaria;
Dr. Robert Supple; Dr. Ryan
Shepherd; Dr. Ryan Sill

WINNER: Dr. Karl Eisbach
7800 Constitution NE; 332-7800

2. Dr. Neil Chen
3830 Masthead NE; 842-8889

Dr. Karl Eisbach, who also won in this
category in 2014 and ’15, has a background
in reconstructive surgery. In addition to his
Albuquerque practice, Eisbach regularly
donates time to travel to South America to
treat children.

3. Dr. Luis Cuadros
8232 Louisiana NE Suite A; 243-7670

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3. Shelton Jewelers
7001 Montgomery NE; 881-1013

COSMETIC SURGEON

3. Dr. John Salazar
5900 Cubero Drive NE #F;
856-1106

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NOTABLES: Dr. William Loutfy;
Dr. Ron Escudero

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016

HEALTH & BEAUTY
BARBER SHOP
WINNER: Fade Station Barber Shop
5105 Menaul NE; 881-3233
With nine traditional barbers, Fade Station revels in the oldfashioned art of barbering akin to when the rotating, candy-striped
pole announced the business.
“Our slogan is ‘Where detail makes the difference,’” says owner
Joseph Baca, who opened Fade Station in 2005. “Detail work on
beards, detail work on shaves. You can still get a straight razor
shave and a hot towel shave.”
But Baca also requires that the barbers be up-to-date on modern
techniques and styles to bring the best of the old and new.
2. Great Clips
Multiple locations; greatclips.com
3. Barberz
10250 Cottonwood Park NW; 459-6133
3. Foothill’s Barber Shop
11243 Menaul NE; 275-2678
NOTABLES: Sports Clips; 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon

Fade Station Barber Shop barbers

EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PHYSICIAN

WINNER: Dr. Alissa Irons
201 Slate NW; 247-3463

WINNER: Dan McClanahan, PT
Hands On Physical Therapy
9201 Montgomery NE #302; 293-6262

WINNER: Dr. Duc Vuong
10501 Golf Course Road NW;
727-2300

Physical therapist Dan McClanahan has
been practicing since 1982. He and his
wife, Linda, also a physical therapist,
own Hands On Physical Therapy,
where they practice manual therapy to
address alignment problems.

Dr. Duc Vuong is director of
Lovelace Bariatrics at Lovelace
Westside Hospital. He earned
his medical degree from Texas
A & M in College Station, Texas,
and he has completed extensive
postgraduate and professional
training in bariatric procedures and
minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Alissa Irons, a native New Mexican,
received her Doctor of Optometry degree
from Southern College of Optometry in
Memphis, Tenn., in 2000. A three-time
winner, she provides eye care at Blink!
2. Dr. John Teahan
7110 Wyoming NE; 346-0500

2. George Fraser
11719 Montgomery NE; 345-8050

3. Dr. Alice Baumstark
4253 Montgomery NE Suite 110; 883-2550

3. Patricia Fraser
11719 Montgomery NE; 345-8050

3. Dr. Donald Rodgers
1316 Jackie Road SE, Rio Rancho; 891-0880

Dr. Greg Perea

CHIROPRACTOR
WINNER: Dr. Greg Perea
1112 Alvarado Drive NE;
255-6357
Chiropractor and Albuquerque
native Greg Perea has been
helping people in the Duke City
with neck and back pain for 39
years. He says he’s had some
of the same patients for 30
years.
“I pride myself on giving
quality chiropractic care at an
affordable price,” he says. “I
love helping people with back
and neck pain. It makes me feel
good if I can help them.”
2. Dr. Brad Walters
6200 Coors NW Suite A7;
899-0708
3. Dr. Michael Pendleton
7520 Montgomery NE Bldg. E9;
888-6800
NOTABLES: Dr. Herbert
Beatty;
Dr. Nick Speegle

2. Dr. David Holten
13701 Encantado Road NE;
237-8700

NOTABLES: Dr. David Bernitsky;
Dr. Paul Sanchez

NOTABLES: Felipe Mares; Valerie
Wroblewski; Terry Kern; Sandy
Knudsen

BEAUTY SALON

DERMATOLOGIST

3. Dr. John Liljestrand
8300 Constitution NE; 291-2402

WINNER: Salon Helena
7913 Menaul NE; 884-4955

WINNER: Dr. Heidi Fleischmann
7520 Montgomery NE Bldg. D4;
884-7070

NOTABLES: Dr. Kevin Goodluck;
Dr. Barbara T. Maddoux; Dr. Anna
Barnett; Dr. Carmen Rodriguez

Dr. Heidi Fleischmann is a
dermatologist with New Mexico
Dermatology Associates. She received
her medical degree from the University
of California at Los Angeles.

PODIATRIST

Designers at the full-service Salon Helena
stay up-to-date on cutting-edge techniques
and style trends, according to its website.
These designers are dedicated to helping
clients find a style that not only reflects their
uniqueness, but also suits their lifestyle.
2. Preen Salon
5113 Menaula NE; 872-8000

2. Dr. J. David Carey
12241 Academy NE #204; 938-4214

3. Mark Pardo SalonSpa
Multiple locations; markpardo.com

3. Dr. Monica Romero
6200 Uptown NE; 243-7546

NOTABLES: Inspire Salon; M & Company
Hair & Color Lounge; Square Root Salon;
Artistic Creations; Avalon Salon

NOTABLES: Dr. Matthew Thompson;
Dr. Sara Mills; Dr. James Icken; Dr.
Kenneth Harper; Dr. Barbara Einhorn

ALL-SERVICE FITNESS CENTER
WINNER: Defined Fitness
Multiple locations; defined.com

2. Sports & Wellness
Multiple locations; wellbridge.com

A locally owned and operated fitness
center, Defined Fitness is a three-time
winner. Membership provides access to all
five locations and some 500 classes.

3. Planet Fitness
Multiple locations; planetfitness.com
NOTABLES: Fifty ’n Fit; Jewish Community
Center; Liberty Gym; Anytime Fitness

2. Dr. Russell Schultz
8300 Constitution NE #D;
291-2200

WINNER: Dr. Mark Haas
8080 Academy NE Suite C;
247-4164
A native New Mexican, Dr. Mark
Haas practices with Albuquerque
Associated Podiatrists. He is the
co-author of “The Textbook of
Bunion Surgery.” An avid runner,
Haas has treated professional,
collegiate and recreational athletes.
2. Dr. George Ochs
2400 Unser SE, Rio Rancho;
253-6100
3. Dr. Faith Shapiro
1903 Wyoming NE #C; 298-7666
NOTABLES: Dr. Michael R. Pincus;
Dr. Steven S. Wrege; Dr. Zach
Haas; Dr. Janet Simon; Dr. Gay
Gustafson; Dr. Gerard Kerbleski

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016

HEALTH & BEAUTY
CANCER CENTER
WINNER: New Mexico Cancer Center
4901 Lang NE; 842-8171, nmcancercenter.org
As the state’s only fully accredited Oncology
Medical Home — one of only five in the entire
country — the New Mexico Cancer Center
is “here to stand by your side during your
cancer journey,” according to its website.
Also has locations in Gallup, Silver City and
Las Cruces.
2. UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
1201 Camino de Salud NE; cancer.unm.edu
3. MD Anderson Radiation Treatment
Center
8300 Constitution NE; 559-6100
NOTABLES: Presbyterian Cancer Center

Peoples Flower Shops

FLORIST
WINNER: Peoples Flower
Shops
Multiple locations;
peoplesflowers.com
Satisfying customers and
keeping prices affordable
has kept business thriving at
Peoples, a repeat winner from
last year. With several locations
in the metro area, Peoples is
one of the largest floral retailers
in the Southwest.
2. Melba’s Flowers
5505 Osuna NE Suite D;
299-6444
3. Albuquerque Florist
3121 San Mateo NE; 881-3336
1416 Juan Tabo NE; 338-0038
NOTABLES: Shannon Loves
Flowers; Sonrisa Blooms;
Manning’s; Mauldin’s Flowers;
Apple Blossoms

YOGA
WINNER: Blissful Spirits
Hot Yoga
4300 Paseo del Norte NE Unit
D; 688-7772
1400 Jackie Road #104, Rio
Rancho; 896-7777
Proponents say hot yoga
can help improve flexibility,
suppleness and strength while
burning calories. Three-time
winner Blissful Spirits offers hot
vinyasa, hot yoga sculpting and
more.

New Mexico Cancer Center

DAY SPA

CARDIOLOGIST

MASSAGE THERAPIST

WINNER: Betty’s Bath
and Day Spa
1835 Candelaria NW; 341-3456

WINNER: Dr. Neal Shadoff
201 Cedar SE #7600; 563-2500

WINNER: Christopher Sovereign
1101 Cardenas Drive NE #204; 254-0022

A three-time winner, Betty’s a
relaxation and wellness reatreat
in Albuquerque’s North Valley. An
early recipient of the state’s Family
Friendly Business Award.

Cardiologist Dr. Neal Shadoff is
affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital.
He received his medical degree from
Boston University School of Medicine
and has been in practice for more than
30 years.

During 30-plus years of massage therapy,
Christopher Sovereign has focused on
helping clients reduce of solve pain through
his gentle advanced Precision Neuromuscular
medical massage techniques. He also
teaches other therapists.

2. The Spa at Isleta Casino
11000 Broadway SE; 848-1977

2. Dr. Barry Ramo
502 Elm NE; 841-1000

2. Kyle O’Brien
1816 Lomas NW # A; 917-5006

3. Hyatt Tamaya Mist Spa and
Salon
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana
Pueblo; 867-1234

2. Dr. Sean Mazer
502 Elm NE; 842-1000

3. Amy Zampella
1201 Eubank NE #2; 255-2203

NOTABLES: Green Reed; Casa
Verde Salon & Spa; Ojo Caliente
Mineral Springs Resort & Spa;
Mark Pardo SalonSpa

3. Dr. Kathleen Allen
201 Cedar SE #7600; 563-2500
NOTABLES: Dr. Allan James Shapiro;
Dr. Brandon Cavanaugh; Dr. Melissa
Klein; Dr. Michelle Khoo

HEARING SERVICE
WINNER: Albuquerque Hearing and
Balance
10700 Corrales Road NW Suite I; 890-0003

WINNER: Fifty N’ Fit
11801 Menaul NE; 271-9616

2. Defined Fitness
Multiple locations; defined.com

Founded in 1998, Albuquerque Hearing
and Balance offers state-of-the-art testing
systems, quality products and experienced
audiology staff to provide hearing evaluations
and services.

Fifty n’ Fit opened 25 years as a safe
and non-intimidating alternative for
members 50 years old and older.
The gym is owned and operated by
physical therapists.

3. Sports & Wellness
Multiple locations; wellbridge.com

2. Worth Hearing Services
7520 Montgomery NE Suite E15; 872-4327

NOTABLES: Body Rehab Pilates;
Jazzercise; Stone Age Climbing Gym;
Evolve Strong

3. Sandia Hearing Aid Centers
Multiple locations; sandiahearing.com

SPECIALTY FITNESS CENTER

NOTABLES: Costco

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37 Years Serving You

Trombino’s Bistro Italiano is a fun, upscale, casual
eatery offering great Italian food in an atmosphere reminiscent
of piazzas and trattorias in Italy.

2. Sweat Yoga Studio
4500 Osuna NE #200
3. Yoga by Julia
12231 Academy NE #401;
275-9642
NOTABLES: 3 B Yoga Studio;
High Desert Yoga; Bikram Yoga
Albuquerque; Let It Be Yoga;
Evolve Strong

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SERVICES
PET TRAINING

LANDSCAPER

WINNER: Arie’s Dogland
3530 Pan American Freeway NE (north side of I-25),
Suite H; 884-4335
ariesdogtraining.com or ariesdogland.com

WINNER: Heads Up Landscaping
7525 Second NW; 898-9615
Serving New Mexico since 1973, Heads Up is
a full-service landscape contractor providing
design, landscape construction, re-vegetation,
irrigation, xeriscape conversion and grounds
management.

Arie’s Dog Training is now Arie’s Dogland
LLC. Trainer Arie Deller is a licensed, certified,
professional dog trainer and behavioral consultant
and a member of the Association of Professional
Dog Trainers.

2. Waterquest Landscaping
5018 Second NW; 792-3600

She specializes in working with behavior problems
in dogs using reward-based training methods. She
offers in-home private sessions to work on issues
such as anxiety, aggressive behavior toward dogs or
humans, destructive behavior, house-training issues.

3. Hilltop
7909 Edith NE; 898-9690
NOTABLES: Enchantment Landscaping;
Milligan Landscaping; Aspen Leaf; Baca’s Trees

At her indoor location at the Albuquerque Trade
Center she offers a variety of training classes such
as basic obedience, as well as doggie play group
(day care) for large and small dogs and puppies.
Arie’s Dogland also has full-service grooming.

TAX SERVICES
WINNER: H&R Block
Multiple locations; hrblock.com

“Following your dream and opening your
own business takes so much hard work and
perseverance​, that it’s nice to have the recognition
and awesome client following that I do.​I have
always wanted to be a dog trainer an​d it is an honor
for people to trust me with their ‘best friend’s’
training!!!” Deller says.

Three-time winner H&R Block uses more than
100,000 tax professionals to prepare one out of
every seven tax returns.Since its founding 1955,
that’s more than 550 million tax returns.

2. Acoma Training Center
333 Wyoming SE; 266-6436

3. Vivian Spinn CPA
5024 Fourth NW; 343-9924

3. Sandia Dog Obedience Club
7050 San Pedro NE; 888-4221

NOTABLES: Ricci & Company; AARP TaxAide;
Empire Accounting Services

NOTABLES: PetSmart; Animal Humane New Mexico

2. Davis Tax Services LLC
206 Moon NE; 298-5480

Arie Deller of Arie’s Dogland

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In Summer Wednesday Night until 7pm
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Boofy's Best for Pets
8201 Golf Course RD NW, Ste C2
Albuquerque, NM 87120
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Sat: 9 am – 7 pm
Sun: 11am – 7 pm

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Pets of Albuquerque
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SERVICES
CLEANING SERVICE

HOME REMODELER

WINNER: The Maids
12999 Cochiti Road SE;
292-8344

WINNER: DreamStyle Remodeling
1460 N. Renaissance NE; 881-3200,
www.dreamstyleremodeling.com

The Maids’ staff is bonded and
insured and provides products
and equipment. Its “22-Step
Healthy Touch” deep cleaning
system was created to ensure
a healthy house-cleaning
process.

Dreamstyle Remodeling is the umbrella
name for a company that has sold and
installed home products in Albuquerque
since the 1990s and which were
marketed under the names Four Seasons
Sunrooms, Renewal by Andersen and Cal
Spas.

2. Merry Maids
Multiple locations;
merrymaids.com

It opened its 20,000-square-foot
showroom on Renaissance beside
Sportsman’s Warehouse in the fall
of 2014. It has expanded rapidly in
recent years mostly through Renewal
by Andersen franchising agreements
with Andersen Corp. which is based in
Cottage Grove, Minn. In 2014, it gained
the Renewal by Andersen franchise
in San Diego, last year the company
enlarged its existing operation in the
Phoenix area and added the Boise/
Idaho market to its Renewal by Andresen
service territory. Other Andersen areas
include El Paso, Tucson and northern
Arizona.

2. Molly Maid
Multiple locations;
mollymaid.com
3. Maid Brigade
1111 Alameda NW Unit C;
266-1300

MOVING SERVICE
WINNER: Two Men and a
Truck
3215 Matthew NE; 872-8787
Two Men and a Truck of
Albuquerque has provided more
than 30 years of combined
experience in the local area.
Since opening in 2007, the
franchise has grown to 10
operating trucks and completed
more than 18,000 moves.

3. Albuquerque Discount
Movers
albuquerquediscountmovers.
com

Over the years, American Home, a
three-time winner, has established
itself as the go-to furniture store. The
stores carry a range of products to
cater to all lifestyles.

WINNER: D.R.B. Electric
3601 Second SW; 877-8500
D.R.B. Electric is one of the Top
25 women-owned businesses
in New Mexico, serving clients
since 1986. The company
provides electrical contracting,
maintenance and voice and
data services for a broad range
of commercial and residential
clients.

2. Poulin Design Center
Multiple locations; poulinremodeling.com
3. Trustbilt
6109 Menaul NE; 688-8194
NOTABLES: Altair Homes; Bradbury
Stamm Construction; Jade Enterprises;
Lowe’s

FURNITURE STORE
WINNER: American Home Furniture
Multiple locations; americanhome.com

ELECTRICIAN

“We are honored to be recognized by
the community for our excellence in
remodeling. This is a compliment to
everybody in our organization beginning
with the sales department and the
installation department and everything
in between. Our goal is to be on time,
prompt and courteous in order to
achieve customer delight. Thank you
for the recognition,” says Dreamstyle
Remodeling President Larry Chavez.

Dreamstyle does all kinds of home
remodeling projects including kitchens,
Home Depot cabinet installation,
bathrooms, stucco, patios and outdoor
spaces.

2. About Seniors Moving
aboutseniorsmoving.com

NOTABLES: Bekins

DreamStyle Remodeling

2. Furniture Row
3230 Menaul NE; 883-9393
3. Tema Contemporary
7601 Montgomery NE; 275-2121
NOTABLES: Ashley Furniture;
Exquisite Design; Amish Connection;
Ethan Allen; Denver Mattress
American Home Furniture

2. Randy’s Electric Co.
3539 State Highway 47, Peralta;
865-7773
3. TLC
5000 Edith NE; 761-9644
NOTABLES: Eisenberg Electric;
Steve Baum; K&J Electric

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2 locations to serve you:
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46300 Paseo del Norte NE

(505) 688-7772

Rio Rancho
1400 Jackie Rd #104

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SERVICES
FINANCIAL PLANNER
WINNER: Davis Advisory Group
100 Sun Ave. NE #204; 242-8885

2. Merrill Lynch
Multiple locations; ml.com

Clients at Davis Advisory Group get advice
from a team of professional, individuals with
experience in addressing particular financial
needs. As an independent firm, it takes pride
in representing clients and their interests rather
any specific company.

3. Fidelity Investments
2261 Q St. NE #2A; 881-5364
NOTABLES: Edward Jones; MGM, LLC; Bold
Financial Technologies; Cal Willis at Edward
Jones; Todd Trevino at Kirtland Financial
Services

SENIOR LIVING CENTER

Twilight Homes

NEW HOME BUILDER
WINNER: Twilight Homes
1301 Cuesta Arriba Court NE;
433-5862

2. Abrazo Homes
9798 Coors NW #400;
362-9323

In 2011, three Albuquerque
businessmen brought
together their areas of
expertise — knowledge of
land development, sales and
construction and accounting
and finance — to create
Twilight Homes. Since then
the company has built a solid
reputation for quality, innovative
design, customer satisfaction
and lasting value.

2. D.R. Horton
drhorton.com
3. Las Ventanas Homes
lasventananm.com
3. Pulte Homes
pulte.com
NOTABLES: Renaissance
Custom Homes; Paul Allen

WINNER: La Vida Llena
10501 Lagrima De Oro Road NE; 293-4001

2. Beehive Homes of Albuquerque
Multiple locations; beehivehomes.com

La Vida Llena provides an independent, active
lifestyle, with customized levels of care to meet
residents’ needs through the aging process. A
full range of care is available: wellness clinic,
assisted living, health and memory support.

3. The Woodmark at Uptown
7201 Prospect Place NE; 545-6798
NOTABLES: Fairwinds; Montebello on
Academy; Palmilla Senior Living; Bear Canyon
Estates; Care Free Living

REAL ESTATE
WINNER: Realty One of New Mexico
9674 Eagle Ranch Road Suite 3; 883-9400

2. Q Realty
4801 Lang NE #110; 750-0059

The fast-growing Albuquerque-based Realty
One was opened in 2006 by Mike and Jessica
Taylor, who introduced a new way of doing
business.

3. Armstrong Properties
400 Washington SE; 241-3803
NOTABLES: Missy Ashcraft Real Estate
Group, Keller Williams; Keller Williams Realty;
Coldwell Banker Legacy; Remax

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At Davis Advisory Group, LLC, we provide New Mexico families
with a personalized approach to retirement and investment planning.

From all of us…..to all of you,

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thank You For
nominating the
Japanese Kitchen
as Best Japanese
Food Restaurant

Japanese Kitchen
park square, 6521 americas parkway ne
Albuquerque, NM 87110 • (505) 884-8937

Thank you.
Securities and advisory services offered through SII Investments Inc., member FINRA/SIPC and a
Registered Investment Advisor. SII and Davis Advisory Group, LLC are separate companies.
SII does not provide tax or legal advice.

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2016

SERVICES
AUTO REPAIR
WINNER: The Garage Auto Repair
6441 Wester Trail NW; 352-5152
This three-time winner has an experienced
work force that allows its owner to boast
that “if we get somebody in the door, they’re
customers for life.” From the top down, they’re
dedicated to providing fast and quality service.

2. Ethridge Tire Center
6201 Montgomery NE; 883-7181
9620 Eagle Ranch Road NW; 792-1242
3. Quanz Auto Care
Multiple locations; quanzautocare.com
NOTABLES: Morris Auto Repair; Dearholt
Automotive; Cataline Automotive; Jay Walton’s
Automotive; JJ’s Premiere Tire

INSURANCE AGENCY
Art Attack

KIDS ENTERTAINMENT
WINNER: Art Attack
3137 Stan Mateo NE; 298-3275,
artattacknm.com.

ceramic pieces to choose from
and more than 50 colors of
paint.

This local business gives
people the opportunity to paint
their own pottery or mosaic
tiles.

2. Explora
1701 Mountain NW; 224-8300

The studio opened in 1996 and
participants don’t need any
experience to participate, just a
willingness to have fun.
The studio offers room for
private parties, including kids’
birthday parties. There are also
scheduled monthly events.

3. Stories in the Sky at
Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive
NE; 880-0500
3. Cliff’s Amusement Park
4800 Osuna NE; 881-9373

WINNER: State Farm
Multiple locations; statefarm.com

2. Farmers
Multiple locations; farmers.com

State Farm, well known for being a “good
neighbor,” was founded in 1922 by a retired
farmer and insurance salesman. The company
now insures more cars and homes than any
other insurer in the U.S.

3. USAA
usaa.com
NOTABLES: AAA; Allstate; Berger Briggs

PLUMBER
WINNER: TLC Plumbing & Utility
Multiple locations; tlcplumbing.com
A full-service plumbing, HVAC and utility
company, TLC Plumbing also took first in this
category in 2014 and ’15. The company has
served residential and commercial customers
since 1987.

NOTABLES: ABQ BioPark; Rio
Grande Zoo; Hinkle Family Fun
Center

2. Outlaw Mechanical
12474 NM-14 Scenic, Sandia Park;
outlawmechanical.com
3. Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating &
Cooling
6145 Second NW; abqplumb.com
NOTABLES: Courtesy Plumbing; Mark’s
Plumbing and Heating; Guy’s Plumbing;
Simmon’s Plumbing; Sunshine Plumbing

The studio has 600 different

DOORS & WINDOWS
WINNER: Renewal by Andersen
1460 Renaissance NE; 248-2464
Three-time winner Renewal by Andersen uses patented materials
to install energy-saving windows that come in a variety of styles.
The company says its windows are 70 percent more energy
efficient that ordinary dual-paned windows.

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Thank you Albuquerque Journal readers
for voting Wells Fargo ‘Best Bank’*

2. Pella
3901 Singer NE; 345-3502
3. Don’s Windows and Doors
1130 First NW; 243-1515
NOTABLES: Glass Rite; DreamStyle Remodeling; Mobile Screen
& Glass; Southwest Accent Windows and Doors; Window World

BANK
WINNER: Wells Fargo
Multiple locations; wellsfargo.com
Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo is a nationwide financial services
company with $1.7 trillion in assets. It’s been named “Most
Respected Bank” by Barron’s magazine and “Most Admired” by
Fortune magazine.
2. Bank of Albuquerque
Multiple locations; bankofalbuquerque.com
3. Bank of America
Multiple locations; bankofamerica.com
NOTABLES: US Bank; New Mexico Bank & Trust; Bank of the
West; First American Bank

Our bankers live and work in your community and know that good relationships make us
all stronger. By getting to know you our experienced bankers can offer customized tools and
services tailored to meet your financial needs.

Proudly serving Albuquerque and surrounding areas with over 30 banking locations.
wellsfargo.com
* Reader’s Poll Albuquerque Journal, May/June 2016.
© 2016 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved.
Member FDIC. (2955201_18631)

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SERVICES
FLOORS & CARPET
WINNER: Ray’s Flooring
7401 Los Volcanes Road NW; 883-1967
7441 Paseo del Norte NE; 217-1107
This family-owned business started as a oneman operation in a North Valley garage in 1972.
Today, it employs almost 100 people and is a
repeat winner with readers.

2. Floor Scapes
8515 Paseo Alameda NE; 857-0438
3. All of State Floors and Furniture
6107 Menaul NE; 569-1005
NOTABLES: House of Floors; Carpet Source

PET GROOMING
WINNER: Groomingdales Pet Spa
405 Montano NE #7; 345-4455
7321 San Antonio NE; 822-1000
Locally owned and operated, Groomingdale’s
provides professional pet grooming,
treatments and products, all of which are
individually prescribed to suit a pet’s specific
breed and needs.

Jericho Nursery

GARDEN & NURSERY
WINNER: Jericho Nursery
101 Alameda NW; 899-7555
6921 Pan American NE;
508-5059

2. Jack and Rascals
6001 Winterhaven Drive NW; 503-1779
3. Petsmart
Multiple locations; petsmart.com
NOTABLES: Arie’s Dogland; Pups N’ Suds;
Arfin’ Annie’s; Pet Groomery; Rio Grande
Groomers

a bit.”
The goal is create a positive
environment for the customers
as well as the employees.
“My mission statement as a
business, it’s more like family.
This is company that is way
bigger than me and my wife.”

Most local nurseries carry
pretty much the same items,
so Jericho Nursery tries to
set itself apart, in particular
through its all-around
excellence.

2. Osuna Nursery
501 Osuna NE; 345-6644

“My four words are quality,
selection, service and
knowledge,” says owner
Rick Hobson, adding the true
emphasis is on the latter.

CREDIT UNION
WINNER: Nusenda Credit Union
Multiple locations; nusendacu.org

2. Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union
Multiple locations; slfcu.org

With more than 150,000 member-owners,
three-time winner Nusenda is the largest notfor-profit credit union in New Mexico.

3. U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union
Multiple locatoins; useaglefcu.org

3. Alameda Nursery
9515½ Fourth NW; 898-3562

NOTABLES: Kirtland Federal Credit Union;
First Financial Credit Union; Rio Grande Credit
Union; Mountain America Credit Union

NOTABLES: Rehm’s Nursery;
Plant World; Lowe’s; Plants of
the Southwest; Home Depot

“We have a real base of
knowledge,” he says. “We’re
small but all of us know quite

HOTEL RESORT
WINNER: Hyatt Regency
Tamaya Resort & Spa
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana
Pueblo; 867-1234

award-winning spa.

This three-time winner, located
on 500 acres of land owned by
Santa Ana Pueblo, is “steeped
in culture.” Some of Tamaya’s
attractions include horseback
riding, mountain biking and an

3. Isleta Resort & Casino
11000 Broadway SE; 724-3800

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2. Sandia Resort & Casino
30 Rainbow Road; 796-7500

NOTABLES: Hotel
Albuquerque; Andaluz;
Embassy Suites; Hotel
Cascada; Hotel Parq Central

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COMMUNITY
ART GALLERY

ROMANTIC DATE

WINNER: Weems Galleries and Framing
7200 Montgomery NE Suite D; 293-6133
303 Romero NW; 764-0302
www.weemsgallery.com

WINNER: Sandia Crest/Sandia Peak Tramway
30 Tramway Road NE; sandiapeak.com

This year marks 35 years in the art gallery
business for Mary Ann Weems, who opened her
first location in the Eastdale shopping center
at Eubank and Candelaria in 1981. At that time,
Weems recalls, the local art market was geared
more toward expensive pieces. Her idea was to
make buying art more accessible and affordable
for the general public by having an informal gallery
environment and offering lay-away purchase
plans.

2. Embers Steakhouse
11000 Broadway SE; 244-8288

The spectacular evening view of the city lights, the chill
in the air that invites a little cuddling, that’s romance.

3. Antiquity Restaurant
112 Romero St. NW; 247-3545
NOTABLES: Melting Pot; Vernon’s Speakeasy

TAKE AN OUT-OF-TOWNER
WINNER: Sandia Peak Tramway
30 Tramway Road NE; 856-7325, sandiapeak.com

“The whole idea was accessibility and ease — for
people to just walk in,” Weems said.

A three-time winner, the Tramway covers a distance of
2.7 miles over deep canyons and breathtaking terrain.
Visitors will be impressed by the 11,000-square-mile
panoramic view at the top.

She later opened a second location at the Plaza
Don Luis in Old Town and about eight years ago
moved her original gallery to the Louisiana Plaza
on Montgomery.

2. Old Town
albuquerqueoldtown.com

The galleries offer restoration and framing
services. They also hold regular shows featuring
the work of local artists.

3. El Pinto
10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771

2. Amapola Gallery
205 Romero St. NW; 242-4311

NOTABLES: Santa Fe; Albuquerque International
Balloon Museum; Acoma Pueblo; Amapola Gallery;
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

3. Corrales Bosque Gallery
4685 Corrales Road, Corrales; 898-7203
NOTABLES: The Gallery ABQ; Sumner & Dene;
Albuquerque Art Museum; Concetta Falkery

Mary Ann Weems

SEE THE SUNSET

DANCE CLUB

WINNER: Sandia Crest
30 Tramway Road NE; sandiapeak.com

WINNER: Effex Nightclub
420 Central SW; 842-8870

Another three-time winner, the 10,378foot Sandia Peak in Cibola National
Forest offers fabulous views of our
colorful desert sunsets.

Effex is a lively Downtown nightclub
and bar featuring a rooftop bar and DJs
spinning a range of tunes.

2. Sandiago’s
40 Tramway Road NE; 856-6692
3. Embers Steakhouse patio
11000 Broadway SE; 244-8288
NOTABLES: Balloon Museum; High
Finance; White Wash; Foothills

2. Dirty Bourbon
9800 Montgomery NE; 296-2726
3. Casa Escencia
800 Rio Grande NW Suite D; 843-6300
3. Caravan
7605 Central NE; 265-7877
NOTABLES: Q Bar

FARMERS MARKET
Triple Sevens Saloon at Isleta Resort & Casino

KARAOKE NIGHT
WINNER: Triple Sevens Saloon at
Isleta Resort & Casino
11000 Broadway SE; 244-8191,
isleta.com/entertainmentnightlife/
triple-sevens.aspx
Triple Sevens Saloon, which also
won for night spot/bar, offers
Thursday night karaoke in an
upscale setting.
“We give people a chance to go
somewhere different,” says Andrew
Gilbert, beverage manager for the
Isleta Resort. “We’ve really catered
to the locals and we’ve become a

locals bar.”
A range of music from Rat Pack to
“people trying to be the hip hop or
country star,” Gilbert says, along
with promotions, giveaways and
specials make the joint a place to
belt out a song or two.
2. Spectators
5850 Eubank NE; 275-1166
3. Silva Lanes
3010 Eubank NE; 298-5583
NOTABLES: Stereoke at Mezcal
Tequleria; Telles Edwell

WINNER: ABQ Downtown Growers’ Market
Robinson Park, Eighth & Central
From early spring through late fall, the ABQ Downtown Growers’ Market is a Saturday
morning tradition. Marking 20 years of operation, the market brings together more than
60 local growers, nonprofits, yoga and live music, creating lots of community spirit.
2. Corrales Growers’ Market
500 Jones Road, Corrales; corralesgrowersmarket.com
2. Los Ranchos Growers’ Market
6718 Rio Grande NW, Los Ranchos
3. Rail Yards Market
777 First SW; railyardsmarket.com
NOTABLES: Sprouts; Albuquerque Academy Farmers’ Market

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COMMUNITY
DOG PARK

CHARITY GALA

WINNER: North
Domingo Baca Dog
Park
7520 Corona
NE; cabq.gov/
parksandrecreation/
parks/dog-parks

WINNER: St. Nicholas Ball by
Catholic Charities
724-4670, ccasfnm.org

Spacious park with
wood chip ground
cover and trees.
Separate areas for
North Domingo Baca Dog Park
large and small dogs.
Open until 10 p.m. with
lighting.

About 450 people celebrate the
beginning of the holiday season
with a dinner, silent and live
auctions and entertainment and
dancing via the Pink Flamingos.

2. Coronado Dog Park
301 McKnight NW; cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/parks/dog-parks
3. USS Bullhead Dog Park
1606 San Pedro SE; cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/parks/
dog-parks
NOTABLES: Los Altos Dog Park; Bud Warren and Lady Dog Park;
Tom Bolack Urban Forest Dog Park

BIKE PATH
WINNER: Paseo del Bosque Trail
nmts.org/rides/riversideTrail.htm
Also called the Riverside Bike Path in places, the Paseo del
Bosque Trail is a lovely 16 mile paved bikepath, uninterrupted by
roadways. The trail parallels the Rio Grande bosque on the east
side of the river.

Catholic Charities’ signature
fundraiser, the St. Nicholas Ball
(formerly known as the Festival
of the Trees), is in its 13th year.

Money raised from the event
goes toward providing a
broad spectrum of community
services to help anyone in
need.
This year’s event is coming up
Nov. 19.
2. Chic-I-Boom Ball/Balloon
Museum (foundation)
balloonmuseum.com/chic-iboom-ball.aspx
3. Folds of Honor Patriot Gala
riograndepatriots.com/gala.
html
NOTABLES: Mayor’s Ball;
Mayor’s Dog Ball;
Casa Esperanza;
Opera Southwest Gala
St. Nicholas Ball by Catholic Charities

2. Tramway bike path
nmts.org/rides/tramwayTrail.htm
3. Rio Grande bike path
cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/bike
NOTABLES: Alameda Trail; Paseo del Bosque

Our Star is Rising

MOVIE THEATER
WINNER: Icon Cinemas (Four Hills ABQ)
13120 Central SE; 814-7469

We would like to thank our
customers, contractors,
vendors and employees for
all you do and for making
this recognition possible.

Formerly the Four Hills theaters, Icon offers luxury reclining and
vibrating seats and all-you-can-eat popcorn and drinks.
2. Century Rio 24
4901 Pan American Freeway; 343-9000
3. Regal Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX
2100 Louisiana NE; 844-462-7342
NOTABLES: High Ridge 8; Premier Cinema 14 Rio Rancho;
Cottonwood Stadium 16; Century Rio 14 Downtown;
Guild Movie Theater

CONCERT VENUE
WINNER: Sandia Amphitheater
30 Rainbow Road NE; 796-7500
Sandia Resort & Casino’s 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater has
attracted top acts to perform under the stars. Some upcoming
acts: Cindi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Counting Crows and Huey
Lewis and the News.
2. Isleta Amphitheatre
5601 University SE; 452-5100
3. Popejoy Hall
1 University of New Mexico; 277-8010
NOTABLES: Sunshine Theatre; Albuquerque BioPark; KiMo
Theatre; Launchpad; Route 66 Casino

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COMMUNITY
GOLF COURSE
WINNER: Isleta Golf Club
11000 Broadway SE; 848-1900,
www.isleta.com/golf
Isleta Resort & Casino’s 27-hole
public daily fee golf course
is located a few miles south
of Albuquerque next to the
Bosque near the Rio Grande. It
is designed in three nine-hole
sections around a pueblo-style
club house. It features three
natural lakes and views of
Mount Taylor.
Golf carts at the Isleta Golf
Club are equipped with touch
screen GPS technology that
enables golfers to navigate
easily through menus to access
information about the course.
An onsite golf shop carries a
range of bags, shoes and balls
to meet the needs of players.
And when they are finished with
a round, or need a break, the
Eagles Nest Restaurant offers
the opportunity for a quick cold
beverage or a snack.

Isleta Golf Club

“It’s a very playable golf
course for the novice; but it’s
also challenging for the better
player,” says Mike Ciolek,
Isleta’s director of golf.
The club is celebrating its 20th
anniversary this summer by
rolling back prices to what they
were in 1996. During August it
will cost $30 for golf and cart
after 11 a.m on weekdays for 18
holes of play, Ciolek says.
2. Arroyo del Oso Golf
Course
7001 Osuna NE; 884-7505
3. Paako Ridge Golf Course
1 Club House Drive, Sandia
Park; 281-6000
NOTABLES: Sandia Golf
Course; Santa Ana Golf
Course; Tanoan Country
Club; Canyon Club; UNM
Championship Golf Course

NIGHT SPOT/BAR

SKI RESORT

ANNUAL EVENT

OUTDOOR SUMMER VENUE

WINNER: Triple Sevens Saloon
at Isleta Resort & Casino
11000 Broadway SE; 244-8191

WINNER: Taos Ski Valley
116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski
Valley; 800-776-1111

WINNER: Albuquerque Bio Park
cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark,
768-2000

Part saloon, part sports bar and part country
dance club, Triple Sevens features live
entertainment and DJs spinning dance music.
Enjoy signature cocktails and appetizers away from
the hustle and bustle of the casino floor, but not
too far from the action. Also won for karaoke spot.

A skier’s and
snowboarder’s paradise,
Taos Ski Valley averages
305 inches of snowfall
annually. Coupled with
300+ days of sunshine,
it’s winter vacation come
true.

WINNER: Albuquerque
International Balloon Fiesta
5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway;
balloonfiesta.com

2. O’Niell’s
4310 Central SE; 255-6782
3301 Juan Tabo NE; 293-1122
3. Vintage 423
8000 Paseo Del Norte NE Suite A1; 821-1918
3. Anodyne
409 Central NW; 244-1820
3. Horse & Angel
5809 Juan Tabo NE #1; 299-0225

2. Ski Santa Fe
skisantafe.com
3. Angel Fire Resort
angelfireresort.com
NOTABLES: Sandia Ski
Resort; Pajarito; Red
River; Sipapu; Ruidoso

This three-time winner brings
thousands of people to
Albuquerque to gaze in awe
at the colorful pageant. This
year’s fiesta is Oct. 1-9.
2. New Mexico State Fair
300 San Pedro NE; exponm.
com
3. Summerfest
Various locations; cabq.gov
NOTABLES: Chocolate &
Coffee Fest; Doggie Dash
and Dawdle; ABQ Pride;
Gathering of Nations

NOTABLES: Spectators

HIKING TRAIL
WINNER: La Luz
Three-time winner in this
category, La Luz is a popular
eight-mile trail on the west face
of the Sandias. The strenuous
trail is home to the La Luz Trail
Run.
2. Bosque Trails
3. Pino Canyon
NOTABLES: Embudito
Trailhead; Elena Gallegos; Tree
Springs Trail; Sandia Foothills
Open Space; Carlito Springs

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A treat to visit any time of the year, the
Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and
Aquarium are especially exciting during the
summer. With lots of educational events, it’s
a great way to keep the kids entertained.
2. ABQ BioPark Zoo
903 10th SW; 768-2000
3. Sandia Amphitheatre
30 Rainbow Road NE; 796-7500
NOTABLES: Balloon Museum; Isotopes
Park; Old Town; Balloon Fiesta Park

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COMMUNITY
CASINO

LOCAL EVENT

WINNER: Sandia Resort & Casino
30 Rainbow Road NE; 796-7500

WINNER: Albuquerque International Balloon
Fiesta
5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway; balloonfiesta.com

Another three-time winner, Sandia
boasts 140,000 square feet of Vegasstyle gaming action, including more
than 2,300 slots and 33 table games.
2. Isleta Resort & Casino
11000 Broadway SE; 724-3800
3. Santa Ana Star Casino
54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Santa
Ana Pueblo; 867-0000
NOTABLES: Route 66 Casino;
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

While drawing thousands of visitors every year, the
Balloon Fiesta is also popular with local residents.
We may grumble about the traffic, but we also enjoy
the colorful show. This year’s fiesta is Oct. 1-9.
2. Summerfest
Various locations; cabq.gov
3. New Mexico State Fair
300 San Pedro NE; exponm.com
NOTABLES: Art Attack; Globalquerque; Rio Grande
Arts & Crafts Festival; Old Town Shop & Stroll

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

FIRST DATE DESTINATION

PARK

MUSEUM

WINNER: Sandia Peak Tramway
30 Tramway Road NE; 856-7325

WINNER: Roosevelt Park
500 Spruce SE

Ooh and aah together over the gorgeous
views. At the top, there’s a nice restaurant
where you can continue the conversation.

Nearly 15 acres of grassy hills and trees make
this one of Albuquerque’s most beautiful and
popular parks. Includes a frisbee golf course.

2. Old Town
albuquerqueoldtown.com

2. A Park Above
2441 Westside Blvd., Rio Rancho

3. ABQ BioPark Zoo
903 10th SW; 768-2000

3. Tiguex Park
1800 Mountain NW

NOTABLES: Flying Star; Foothills;
El Pinto

NOTABLES: BioPark; Hyder Park; North
Domingo Baca; Rio Grande Nature Center

WINNER: Albuquerque
Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain NW; 242-4600,
cabq.gov/culturalservices/
albuquerque-museum

of Historic Fairview Cemetery,”
“Pueblo Revolt by Virgil Ortiz:
2016 Artist-in-Residence” and
“Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and
Revival on the Mother Road.”

This cultural destination sits
in Old Town on museum row
just north of historic Route 66
(Central Ave.).

2. New Mexico Museum of
Natural History
1801 Mountain NW; 841-2800

In addition to its permanent
displays, the museum features
interesting temporary exhibits.
Some featured exhibitions
right now are “Drawing Into
Architecture: Sketches &
Models by Antoine Predock,”
“Back to Life: The Community

3. Explora!
1701 Mountain NW; 224-8300
NOTABLES: National Museum
of Nuclear Science & History;
Balloon Museum; Rattlesnake
Museum; National Hispanic
Cultural Center Museum

DAY TRIP DESTINATION
WINNER: Santa Fe
Head north to Santa Fe for its world-renowned museums and
galleries, fabulous restaurants and history. It’s a quick trip from
Albuquerque.
2. Jemez Mountains
jemezmountaintrail.org
3. Sandia Crest
30 Tramway Road NE; sandiapeak.com
NOTABLES: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks national Monument;
madrid; Taos; Bandelier National Monument; Acoma Pueblo

CAMPING SPOT
WINNER: Jemez Mountains
jemezmountaintrail.org
The Jemez Mountains encompass a large area of mostly
undisturbed forested wilderness, with rocky peaks, meadows,
mountain streams, lakes and waterfalls. A part of the Santa Fe
National Forest, it’s a good destination for camping and other
recreational activities.
2. Pecos National Historical Park
nps.gov/peco/index.htm
3. Fenton Lake State Park
www.emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/fentonlakestatepark.html
3. Hopewell Lake Campground
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/carson/recreation
NOTABLES: Murphy Lake; Bandelier National Monument; Chama

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FOOD & DRINK
SPECIALTY DESSERTS
WINNER: Flying Star
Multiple locations;
flyingstarcafe.com


Chinese firecracker label,
according to a 2001 Journal
story.

New Yorkers Jean and Mark
Bernstein opened their first
restaurant in Albuquerque
as the Double Rainbow on
Central in the Nob Hill area in
1987. Their goal was to create
a place where people could
drop in at any time and get a
meal, dessert or a coffee and
be able to browse a selection of
magazines.

“We have a wonderful staff
of talented pastry chefs and
bakers, some of whom have
worked for us for more than
25 years and they’re devoted
to their craft,” said Flying Star
co-owner Jean Bernstein,
“We’re really committed to
dessert making.”

The Juan Tabo restaurant
followed in 1995 and they
expanded to several more over
the next 15 years.
They changed name to the
Flying Star in 2001 due to a
licensing dispute with a San
Francisco ice cream company
of the same name. The Flying
Star name was chosen based
on interviews with customers,
employees and the Bernsteins,
it was taken from a 1950s

2. The Cheesecake Factory
6600 Menaul NE Space 600;
883-2539
3. The Range Cafe
Multiple locations;
rangecafe.com
NOTABLES: Le Chantilly
Bakery; Whole Foods; ABC
Cake Shop; Cravin’ Cookies …
and more!; New Mexico Pie Co.

Flying Star

STEAKHOUSE

FROZEN YOGURT

ICE CREAM

WINNER: Texas Roadhouse
5900 Pan American; 856-2226
10030 Coors Bypass NW;
897-6853

WINNER: Menchie’s Frozen
Yogurt
Multiple locations; menchies.com

WINNER: Baskin-Robbins
Multiple locations; baskinrobbins.com

Since 1993, Texas Roadhouse has
been serving up hand-cut steaks,
fall-off-the-bone ribs, made-fromscratch sides and fresh-baked
bread. Are you hungry yet?

Opened in 2007 in California by a
husband-and-wife team, Menchie’s
is now in more than 500 locations
around the world. Its mission
statement is “we make you smile,”
employing the 3-P principle:
people, place and product.

Sadie’s margarita

2. Longhorn Steakhouse
6600 Menaul NE; 881-5359
9975 Coors Bypass NW; 897-0081

MARGARITA

3. Marcello’s Chophouse
2201 Q St. NE Suite B; 837-2467

3. Olo Yogurt Studio
3339 Central NE Suite C; 718-4656

NOTABLES: Vernon’s Speakeasy;
Black Angus; Outback Steakhouse;
Embers Steakhouse; Ruth’s Chris
Steakhouse; Monte Carlo; Antiquity

NOTABLES: U-Swirl; Rita’s Cafe;
Frost Gelato; Freddy’s Frozen
Custard & Steakburgers

WINNER: Sadie’s
Multiple locations;
sadiesofnewmexico.com
Sadie’s, of course, is known for its
oh-so-hot Mexican and New Mexican
food, which is it why it came out on top
in those categories, as well.

2. Yay Yogurt
205 Romero St. NW; 750-7624

Founded in 1945, Baskin-Robbins is
the world’s largest chain of ice cream
specialty shops, with more than 7,000
shops in 50 countries. There are almost
as many flavors.
2. Cold Stone Creamery
Multiple locations;
coldstonecreamery.com
3. Dairy Queen
Multiple locations; dairyqueen.com
NOTABLES: Frost; I Scream for Ice
Cream; Rita’s; ChocGlitz & Cream;
Chill’N Green Jeans

CHINESE

SOUP

THAI

But it services up some pretty hot
margaritas, as well.

WINNER: P.F. Chang’s
4440 The 25 Way NE; 344-8282

The house margarita and Silver Coin are
exquisitely blended, while Grand Gold
packs a tasty tang and a bit of a wallop.
And recently added is the Gold Coin,
using a special Patron tequila aged in
select barrels and offered to only a few
American restaurants, says general
manager Gilbert Sanchez.

A repeat winner from 2015, P.F. Chang’s
evolving menu invites exploration —
from fresh and inventive flavors to
classic cocktails with a modern twist.

WINNER: Panera Bread
Multiple locations;
panerabread.com

WINNER: Thai Vegan
Multiple locations;
thaivegannm.com

With the motto “food as it should
be,” Panera Bread offers a half
dozen soups daily. With a crusty
baguette alongside, it’s happiness
in a bowl.

Since opening in 2010, the fully
vegan Thai Vegan has risen to
the top of a crowded field of Thai
restaurants. With bold flavors and
creative meat substitutes, Thai
Vegan has found its following.

2. Gardunos
Multiple locations;
gardunosrestaurants.com
3. El Pinto
10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771
NOTABLES: El Patron; Isleta Casino &
Resort; El Bruno; Sandiago’s Mexican
Grill; Casa Benavidez

2. Budai Gourmet Chinese
6300 San Mateo NE H-1; 797-7898
3. Chen’s Chinese Food Restaurant
235 Juan Tabo NE; 298-9214
NOTABLES: Rising Star Chinese Eatery;
Best Lee’s; Chow’s Asian Bistro; Fan
Tang; Four Joys Chinese Restaurant

2. Annie’s Soup Kitchen
3107 Eubank NE; 296-8601
3. Sweet Tomatoes
4901 San Mateo NE; 888-6131
10126 Coors NW; 898-2171
NOTABLES: Flying Star; Savory
Fare; Souper Salad; Kasey’s; Olive
Garden; Christy Mae’s

2. Thai Tip
1512 Wyoming NE; 323-7447
3. Thai Cuisine
6200 Coors NW Suite E3-4;
890-3406
4201 Central NE; 232-3200
NOTABLES: Orchid Thai; Thai
Kitchen; Siam Cafe; Thai Spice;
Thai Orchid

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FOOD & DRINK
SUSHI

MIDDLE EASTERN

WINNER: Azuma Sushi & Teppan
4701 San Mateo NE; 880-9800
8104 Wyoming NE Suite B; 821-3583

WINNER: Pars Cuisine
4320 The 25 Way NE #100; 345-5156,
parscuisine.us

In a crowded field, Azuma Sushi & Teppan has impressed with
its modern design and imaginative sushi and sashimi — wonder
about the Red Devil Roll, the “Make My Day” and the Caterpillar
Roll?

For true Persian food unlike anywhere else in town,
there is none other than Pars Cuisine, says owner
Mohammed Tafti.

3. Sakura Sushi and Grill
6241 Riverside Plaza Lane; 890-2838

Kababs of numerous varieties featuring lamb, filet
mignon and chicken light up the palette as they
are grilled over an open flame. Factor in the “best
rice in Albuquerque,” and it’s easy to see how Pars
Cuisine has thrived for its 38 years in business.

NOTABLES: Sushi and Sake; Japanese Kitchen; Sushi King;
Crazy Fish; I Love Sushi; Naka Sushi; Sushi Hama

“We specialize in themes with low seating and belly
dancers Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays,” he says.

VIETNAMESE

2. San Pedro Middle Eastern Restaurant
and Grocery
4001 San Pedro Drive NE; 888-2921

WINNER: Viet Taste
5721 Menaul NE; 888-0101

3. Sahara Middle Eastern Eatery
2622 Central SE; 255-5400

Viet Taste has gained fans for its traditional Vietnamese dishes like
pho and rice plates served in a colorful, unfussy space. Reviews
laud it for filling and inexpensive offerings.

NOTABLES: Cafe Istanbul; Taj Mahal; Anatolia

2. May Cafe
111 Louisiana SE; 265-4448

PIZZA

2. Shogun Japanese Cuisine
3310 Central SE; 265-9166

3. Saigon Restaurant
6001 San Mateo NE; 884-0706
NOTABLES: Cafe Da Lat; Basil Leaf; Pho 79; May Hong

WINNER: Dion’s
Multiple locations; dions.com

2. Il Vicino
Multiple locations; ilvicino.com

A three-time winner for its pizza, Dion’s also
took first this year for sandwiches. I’d say it
has lunch covered.

3. Farina Alto
10721 Montgomery NE; 298-0035

INDIAN
WINNER: Taj Mahal Cuisine
of India
1430 Carlisle NE; 255-1994
Tantalizing the taste buds with
the many flavors of India, Taj
Mahal is a repeat winner from
2015. Consider the Tandoori
Khoobiyan, a mixed grill of
tandoori chicken, lamb kebabs
and shrimp.

Pars Cuisine

NOTABLES: Pizza 9; Mario’s Pizzeria &
Ristorante; Village Pizza; Papa Murphy’s;
Saggios; Giovanni’s Pizzeria; Domino’s Pizza

2. India Grill
6501-B Wyoming NE; 797-4243
3. Namaste Cuisine of India
and Nepal
110 Yale SE; 266-6900
1520 Deborah Road SE, Rio
Rancho; 896-3126
NOTABLES: Annapurna;
Taaj Palace

DOUGHNUT SHOP
WINNER: Rebel Donut
2435 Wyoming NE; 293-0553
9311 Coors NW Suite QA;
898-3090
Fanciful flavors have won
legions of fan for Rebel Donut,
which is a three-time winner.
Umm, check out the Maple
Bacon, Rocky Road and Red
Velvet.

2. Dunkin’ Donuts
Multiple locations;
dunkindonuts.com
3. Krispy Kreme
Multiple locations;
krispykreme.com
NOTABLES: Donut Mart; Duke
City Donuts; Rita’s Cafe

SANDWICH
WINNER: Dion’s
Multiple locations; dions.com
If you can manage to forego
the first-place-winning pizza,
Dion’s subs will happily fill you
up. And feel free to customize.
As they say, “If we’ve got it,
we’ll make it for you.”
2. Relish
8019 Menaul NE Suite E&F;
299-0001

3. Jason’s Deli
Multiple locations;
jasonsdeli.com
3. Subway
Multiple locations; subway.com
NOTABLES: Panera Bread;
Jersey Mikes; Christie Mae’s;
Firehouse Subs;
Cheese & Coffee

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FOOD & DRINK
COCKTAILS

BREWERY-ATMOSPHERE

WINNER: M’tucci’s Italian
Restaurant
6001 Winter Haven Road NW Suite
M; 503-7327, Mtuccis.com

WINNER: Marble Brewery
111 Marble NW; 243-2739
5740 Night Whisper Road NW;
508-4368

While ordinary cocktails can be
found at M’tucci’s, it’s the signature
“shrub” drinks that sets the place
apart.

This local brewery started with its first
location Downtown and has since
expanded to the West Side and won
several awards.

For instance, says general manager
and partner-to-be Austin Leard, the
Cucumber Basil Gimlet combines
the vegetable and spice with vodka,
fresh lime juice and a simple,
homemade syrup to create a daring,
enticing mixture.

It recently renovated its Downtown
location, adding a rooftop patio. Owners
plan to open an east side location near
Montgomery and Eubank no later than
this fall, according to spokeswoman
Elyse Cushman.

“They’re extremely unique,” Leard
says of the fruit-based cocktail menu
that he created. “We’ve been doing
it for about two years now and it’s
been very successful for us.”
2. Apothecary Lounge
806 Central SE; 242-0040
3. Vintage 423
8000 Paseo Del Norte Suite A1;
821-1918
NOTABLES: Savoy; Seasons;
Elephant Bar; Jinja; El Patron

WINERY
WINNER: St. Clair Winery
Multiple locations; stclairwinery.com
Established in 1984 by the
Lescombes family, St. Clair Wintery
is based in Deming and runs a
popular bistro in Old Town with
inside and patio dining.
2. Casa Rondeña
733 Chavez Road NW; 344-5911
3. Gruet
8400 Pan American Freeway NE;
821-0055
NOTABLES: Ponderosa Vineyards;
Corrales Winery; Milagro Vineyards;
Pasado Tiempo

She says the brewery is a favorite
because “we always want to have fun
and our beer is awesome.”
She says the new rooftop patio has
been a hit. “The views are incredible,”
she says. “It’s a great place to have a
beer.”
In addition to atmosphere, Marble also
won first for best beer.
2. Bosque Brewing Co.
Multiple locations;
www.bosquebrewing.com

Marble Brewery
3. La Cumbre Brewing
3313 Girard NE; 872-0225

BAKERY

COFFEEHOUSE

BBQ

WINNER: ABC Cake Shop & Bakery
1830 San Pedro Drive NE; 255-5080

WINNER: Starbucks
Multiple locations;
starbucks.com/coffee

WINNER: Rudy’s Country Store
& Bar-B-Q
2321 Carlisle NE; 884-4000

The popular chain of coffeehouses
has owned this category for three
years. With expanded food offerings,
Starbucks is now tackling the lunch
crowd.

In a crowded category, Rudy’s comes
our on top for a third year in a row.
Albuquerque voters give their stamp
of approval to Rudy’s delectable
meats and its own “Sause.”

2. Satellite
Multiple locations; satellitecoffee.com

2. Powdrell’s
11301 Central NE; 298-6766
5309 Fourth NW; 345-8086

Another three-peat winner, ABC Cake
Shop & Bakery has been serving up
fresh-baked goodies for more than 40
years.
2. Flying Star
Multiple locations; flyingstarcafe.com
3. Great Harvest Bread Co.
11200 Montgomery NE #4; 293-8277
NOTABLES: Golden Crown
Panaderia; Le Chantilly Bakery; Small
Cakes; Swiss Alps Bakery; Panera
Bread

3. Flying Star
Multiple locations; flyingstarcafe.com
NOTABLES: NM Piñon Coffee;
Michael Thomas; Humble Coffee;
Zendos; Cafe Bella

A repeat winner from 2015, Yanni’s
original menu and creative additions
keep customers coming back.
Yanni’s has been in business more
than 20 years.
2. Mykonos
5900 Eubank NE; 291-1116
3. Zorbas
11225 Montgomery NE; 232-2695
NOTABLES: Gyros Mediterranean;
Olympia Cafe; Nick & Jimmy’s Bar
& Grill

3. Whole Hog
725 Central NE; 247-0189
9880 Montgomery NE, 323-1688
320 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe;
505-474-3375
NOTABLES: Quarters; The County
Line; Dickeys; The Cube; Pepper’s
BBQ; Texas Road House; JR’s BBQ

GREEK
WINNER: Yanni’s Mediterranean
Bar & Grill
3109 Central NE; 268-9250

NOTABLES: Tractor Brewing; Boxing
Bear Brewery; Canteen Brew House;
Nexus Brewery; Red Door Brewery

BEER
(FROM THESE BREWERIES)
WINNER: Marble Brewery
111 Marble NE; 243-2739
5740 Night Whisper Road NW; 508-4368
From its “liquid sopaipilla” of Wildflower Wheat
to its quaffable IPA to the luxurious and creamy
Oatmeal Stout, Marble Brewery has made fans
with its beer. A three-time winner in this category,
Marble also won for best brewery atmosphere.
2. La Cumbre
3313 Girard NE; 872-0225
3. Bosque Brewing
Multiple locatoins; bosquebrewing.com
NOTABLES: Tractor Brewing; Canteen
Brewhouse; Alien Amber; Boxing Bear; Santa Fe
Brewery

BURGER
WINNER: Blake’s Lotaburger
Multiple locations; lotaburger.com
So the burgers are great, even
without the green chile. Blake’s
also won for breakfast burrito and
green chile cheeseburger.
2. Five Star Burger
Multiple locations;
5starburgers.com
3. Fuddrucker’s
Multiple locations;
fuddruckers.com
NOTABLES: Five Guys; Freddy’s
Frozen Custard & Steakburgers;
Rex’s Hamburgers; Twisters; Holy
Cow; Kasey’s

UPSCALE
RESTAURANT
WINNER: Antiquity
Restaurant
112 Romero St. NW; 247-3545
Top-of-the-line food and a
romantic, old-style atmosphere
define Antiquity Restaurant in
Old Town.
2. Artichoke Cafe
424 Central SE; 243-0200
3. Marcello’s Chophouse
2201 Q St. NE Suite B;
237-2467
NOTABLES: Savoy; Scalo’s;
Vernon’s Speakeasy; Seasons;
Rancher’s Club

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FOOD & DRINK
FOOD TRUCK

SUNDAY BRUNCH

WINNER: Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ
kimosabq.com, 264-2103

WINNER: Le Peep
Multiple locations; lepeep.com

Bringing a taste of the islands to
New Mexico, Kimo’s offers Hawaiian
Fried Rice, Huli Huli Chicken, Kalua
Pork Nachos, Spam Musubi and
more. Serving lunch and some late
nights, check out the website for
when and where.

The many ways you can prepare
an egg: Le Peep succeeds
cooking up “le breakfast, le
brunch, le lunch” with the
freshest ingredients.

2. Irrational Pie
irrationalpies.com
2. Mac’s Steak in the Rough
facebook.com/
Macssteakinthetruck/
3. Cheesy Street
facebook.com/CheesyStreet/,
352-4151
NOTABLES: Supper Truck; TFK
Smokehouse; Street Food Institute;
Green Growler

VEGAN
WINNER: Annapurna’s World
Vegetarian Cafe
Multiple locations; chaishoppe.com
For more than a decade Annapurna
has been introducing eager
Albuquerqueans to a fresh, organic,
plant-based menu. As food fads
change, it has stuck with its
principals and has never served
trans fats, white flour, white sugar or
anything refined.
2. Thai Vegan
Multiple locations; thaivegannm.com
3. Vinaigrette
1828 Central SW; 842-5507
709 Don Cubero Alley, Santa Fe;
505-820-9205
NOTABLES: Cafe Lush;
An Hy Quan Vegetarian

BREAKFAST BURRITO
WINNER: Blake’s Lotaburger
Multiple locations; lotaburger.com
There are eight choices of breakfast
burritos at Blake’s Lotaburger — so
it’ll take you more than a week to
sample them all. Unless you want
to double up …? Blake’s also took
firsts in green chile cheeseburger
and burger.
2. Golden Pride
Multiple locations; goldenprideabq.
com

2. Weck’s
Multiple locations; wecksinc.com
3. The Grove
600 Central SE Suite A; 248-9800
NOTABLES: Farm and Table;
Scalo’s; Kasey’s; The Range;
Garduno’s; M’tucci’s Italian
Restaurant

JAPANESE
WINNER: Japanese Kitchen
6521 America’s Parkway NE;
884-8937
Japanese Kitchen was one of
the first teppanyaki/hibachi style
restaurants in the state. It is a
repeat winner in this category
from 2015.
2. Azuma
4701 San Mateo NE; 880-9800
8104 Wyoming NE Suite B;
821-3583
3. Hayashi
6321 San Mateo NE; 884-0694

66 Diner

DINER
WINNER: 66 Diner
1405 Central NE; 247-1421
This iconic diner sits on the historic
Route 66 not far from the University of
New Mexico and offers some of the best
shakes in town.

NOTABLES: Ichiban Japanese
Restaurant; Sakura Sushi &
Grill; Samurai Grill & Sushi Bar;
Magokoro Japanese Restaurant

Manager Cassie Brown says the diner
offers a fun and energetic environment
with “quality food and milkshakes in an
upbeat retro environment.” She serves
people from not only all over the United
States but around the world.

NEW MEXICAN

“The cool thing is that Route 66 is unique
to America,” she says. “People, especially

WINNER: Sadie’s
Multiple locations,
sadiesofnewmexico.com
A three-time winner in this
category — the salsa, the chile!
— Sadie’s also took first this
year for margaritas and Mexican
restaurant.
2. El Pinto
10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771
3. Garcia’s Kitchen
Multiple locations;
garciaskitchen.com
NOTABLES: Monroe’s; Los
Cuates; El Bruno’s; Papa Felipe’s;
El Patron

from Europe, really seem to like that you
can take one road from one end of the
country to the other.”
Call or visit 66diner.com for a menu and
hours.
2. Standard Diner
320 Central SE; 243-1440
3. Range Cafe
Multiple locations; rangecafe.com
NOTABLES: Vic’s Daily Cafe; Owl Cafe;
Hurricanes; Murphy’s Mule Barn; Frontier
Restaurant

MEXICAN

ITALIAN

WINNER: Sadie’s
Multiple locations; sadiesofnewmexico.com

WINNER:
Trombino’s Bistro
Italiano
5415 Academy NE;
821-5974

This venerable Albuquerque restaurant benefits from a
50-year history. Sadie’s also took first in margarita and
New Mexican food.
2. El Pinto
10500 Fourth NW; 898-1771
3. El Patron
10551 Montgomery NE; 275-0223
NOTABLES: Garcia’s Kitchen; Papa Felipe’s; Los Cuates;
Monroe’s; Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen

3. Twisters
Multiple locations; mytwisters.com
NOTABLES: Frontier; Hurricanes;
Vic’s Daily Cafe; Weck’s; Casa
Benavidez; Garcia’s Kitchen

GREEN CHILE BURGER
WINNER: Blake’s Lotaburger
Multiple locations; lotaburger.com

2. Owl Cafe
800 Eubank NE; 291-4900

Using Hatch green chile packed exclusively for
Blake’s, this burger has been winning awards
for years. Blake’s also took first in breakfast
burrito and burger.

3. Five Star Burger
Multiple locations; 5starburgers.com
NOTABLES: Fuddrucker’s; Rex’s Hamburgers;
Twisters; Monte Carlo Steakhouse; Burger Boy

Another three-time
winner, Trombino’s
has been a local
favorite since 1979,
serving up traditional
as well as innovative
dishes.
2. Mario’s Pizzeria
Multiple locations;
mariospizzaabq.com
3. M’tucci’s Italian
Restaurant
6001 Winter Haven
Road NW Suite M
(Coors & Montano);
503-7327
NOTABLES: Scalo’s;
Paisanos; Bravo!;
Olive Garden; Joe’s
Pasta House

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