ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Quick – think of the last time you were wandering around Nob Hill at midnight, a little festive and a lot hungry, with no desirable food to be found. Perhaps those nights are a rare occurrence in your life – I for one treasure those hours of dreamtime. However, when kicking up one’s heels is the order of the day, knowing that delicious food from local cooks can be found into the night-owl hours is the welcoming appeal of The Last Call, just off Central.
Albuquerque is not much of a late-night city, which means we also are not a mecca for street food, recent influx of food trucks notwithstanding. That’s where The Last Call (TLC) makes a tasty mark on after-dark dining.
First, let’s clear up the mechanics of your first visit – consider TLC a “permanent food truck” and you will go into the experience with perfectly tailored expectations. Ambience is not on the menu here, unless you’re an aspiring chef still wowed by working kitchens.
|The Last Call
LOCATION: 102 Richmond NE (north of Central Avenue), 369-6102, www.lastcallabq.com
HOURS: 5:05 p.m.-2:34 a.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 5:04-10:10 p.m. Thurdays; closed Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays
Inside, the medium workspace spurts frenetic energy and occasional cooking flames, crowned by a chandelier of dozens of hanging pans. Next to the register you’ll find a few chairs to wait for orders, with a table or two outside when the temperature is reasonable. That’s the whole of the setup: nothing more is needed.
If dining al fresco is not an option, plop yourself at a table or bar seat next door at Imbibe, where the music is loud and the food menu is 100 percent from The Last Call.