You were hoping that this trip to Albuquerque would spare you yet another blog about Asian Noodle Bar and their amazing Asian Shrimp appetizer. Sorry! For us, no trip to the Duke City would be complete without at least one visit for one of our favorite shrimp dishes anywhere.
"In its January, 2008 edition, Bon Appetit magazine, a gastronomic bible with worldwide acclaim, fêted five Tokyo-style noodle bars in America. Among those singled out was a trendy downtown noodle bar founded only a year previously. It’s not many Duke City restaurants that make a splash on the world’s culinary scene, much less a restaurant which celebrated its one-year anniversary within weeks after the magazine was published. The Asian Noodle Bar, in the heart of Route 66, did just that and if the volume of traffic to this wildly popular eatery is any indication, the sky’s the limit.”
When revisiting restaurants, I feel almost a compulsion to order new and different menu items. (Chuck does not share this obligation.) But even I have developed a list of “must have’s” at Asian Noodle Bar and will order these again and again.
First, of course, are the Asian Shrimp—lightly battered and fried shrimp drizzled with sweet Chinese chili sauce, topped with almond slices, and sitting on a bed of iceberg lettuce and crispy rice noodles.
Since our initial visit back in November 2009, this was, and remains to this day, a 5.0 Addie restaurant.
It gets 5 Stars on yelp.com, 4.5 Stars on tripadvisor.com, and 95% “Likes” at urbanspoon.com. Gil Garduno at nmgastromne.com says “The Laguna Burger is simply one of the very best green chile cheeseburgers in New Mexico…” We visited the home of the Laguna Burger in February of 2013 and left believing that it was one of the five best we had eaten. But will it retain its 5.0 Addie status?
But Chuck thought that his burger wasn’t as good as he remembered. In particular, he thought that it was very dry. I didn’t have the same response but remember that I added some moisture-carrying condiments to mine. Could the absence of cheese from one year to the next make that much difference.
As a result of this 3.0 Addie visit, the Laguna Burger has dropped out of the Top Five which for me now include Hodad’s in Ocean Beach, CA; the Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, CA; Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM; 5 Star Burger in Albuquerque, NM; and Classics Burgers & Moore in Kerrville, TX. Chuck may have a different list, but I am the one writing this blog.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.