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Subject:three restaurants
Time:10:07 pm
time to blow the dust off abq_eats and post about three restaurants we checked out for lunch this week!

1: Port of Subs is on Central and Vassar, where Quiznos used to be (and where The Cup was long long ago). Good meats, terrible veggie selection. We split a cheesesteak, but since they didn't have bell peppers it was just roast beef and provalone and green chile. I'd say their quality is about on par with what Blimpies was. Sadly not a replacement for Quiznos.

2: Mint Tulip replaced 20 Carrots on Central next to the News Stand. All of the food is vegan, and I'm happy to say that vegan food has come a long way since the last time I tried it 10 or so years ago. I had a veggie burger which was very good despite being a frightening bright red color. My wife had a veggie sandwich which was also very good. Super pricey, though; each of our sandwiches were $9. So although the food was good, it's going to be more of a rare treat restaurant for us than a regular thing.

3: The Cube is on Central and Ash (?). They serve barbecue and gourmet hotdogs, but of which are delicious. I'm very happy to have found a gourmet hotdog restaurant since Top Dog died. I had a Chicago dog which was garnished with dill pickle, onion, ketchup, musturd, relish, and peppers. My wife had a pulled pork sandwich. Both were very very good, and the prices were reasonable. We will definitely be going back there soon.
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sandokai
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Time:2011-04-10 01:21 pm (UTC)
Neat-- I will try Mint Tulip next time I'm in town!

Unfortunately in life post-Albuquerque, $9 for a sandwich sounds like a normal price. (And actually for vegetarian dining it really is...)
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7ghent
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Time:2011-04-10 09:29 pm (UTC)
I found The Cube's barbecue to be uninspired. Their sauces are pretty meh, and the meats, though tender are pretty flavorless.
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messyjessy
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Time:2011-04-10 10:53 pm (UTC)
I agree with this. The Cube has trendy ambiance, but as far as BBQ in Albuquerque, it doesn't come close to Rudy's (for me).
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7ghent
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Time:2011-04-11 12:12 am (UTC)
Whole Hog Cafe is pretty good too but it's hard to beat Rudy's brisket.
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julian_wolf
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Time:2011-04-11 09:23 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed the Cube, but I've only had their artichoke salad, specialty teas and french fries. I found their salad to be wonderful, but a bit expensive and their fries much better than average. Having several options of fresh tea is a special treat.

The meat eaters in my group had hot dogs and enjoyed them, but wish they had been much cheaper. (The salad was so good I went back the same week.)

Looking forward to more feedback on these and other resturants!
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zerozander
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Time:2011-04-12 03:23 am (UTC)
Top Dog didn't know how to make a real Chicago Dog, and by the sounds of it, neither does The Cube. Dill pickles and ketchup are never part of the garnish. Unless of course, you specifically asked for ketchup and dill pickles. In which case, nevermind.

Perhaps one day though, I'll stop into The Cube for a pulled pork sandwich.
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houdini_cs
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Time:2011-04-13 01:05 pm (UTC)
My Chicago Dog experience of late has included a pickle spear, pretty much every time. Ketchup though? People get asked to leave a place for that.
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