Chefs' Favorite U.S. Restaurants
“The end of a really long week merits a rib eye cut extra thick, which is why on Monday nights I head to Paul’s Monterey Inn (1000 Juan Tabo Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque; 505/294-1461; dinner for two $55). It’s more about what they don’t do than what they do: No talking about the three-too-many-ingredients special, or the latest vegetable from the local farm. Every entrée (read: steak) comes with soup, salad, and, of course, an impeccably baked potato.” —Jennifer James, Jennifer James 101, 4615 Menaul Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque; 505/884-3860.