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Journal North Restaurant Reviews

Tiffany Trujillo has lunch with a friend at the deservedly popular Joe’s Diner earlier this week. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

So much more than the regular burgers and fries

Joe’s Diner has been open for more than a decade, but in what now appears to be an oversight of cosmic proportions, we’ve never stopped in.

Mussels mariniere at Old Martina’s Hall includes a peppery dash of rouille on the toasts. (Courtesy of Karen Peterson)

Where both cuisine and renovation are true treats

The Taos area has plenty of good restaurants, but Old Martina’s Hall in Ranchos de Taos merits top billing not only for its scrupulously prepared dishes, but also its setting in a massive and wonderfully renovated historic dance hall across from a historic plaza.

Champagne waits to be served at Bouche Bistro, where French cuisine is featured. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Bouche offers best of French dining in intimate space

Postage stamp-sized Bouche Bistro, the latest incarnation at the site of the old Noon Whistle on West Alameda, serves meticulous French classics in an intimate, but not chummy, atmosphere well matched with the food.