OK guys, here's the rundown of things to do in Albuquerque. Please feel free to copy/paste this to other CU fan websites. Best "local" restaurant: Frontier - Not exceptional food, but this place defines ABQ. The burritos are great (I love the #2, the bean burrito and the Carne Adovado burrito) If you can't make it there, hit up a local Golden Pride (they are the "same", but GP doesn't offer the full menu). Crazy good burritos. Makes Chipotle/Q'doba taste like the utter **** they are. Best red chile: Durans Pharmacy - Weird hours, but has a great smokey flavor. Best green chile: The burrito lady - HOTTEST (most of the time, not always) green chile you will EVER find. This will tear your intestines apart. Cash only! The meat she uses in her potato and steak burrito is phenomenal. Best carne adovado: Mary and Titos - Absolutely wonderful. Definitely worth it if you have the time. I recommend this place to everyone that visits NM. They've won a ton of awards. Also recommended: Padilla's. I haven't eaten there, but NW Buff recommends it. Best Tamales: El Modelo - You can't eat it there, but probably the best tamales I've ever had. The rest of the food is great too. Best Pizza near the Uni: Saggios: I can vouch for this. Best places to watch the other games on: 1. Coaches Bar: Near the University and near the Pitt. Decent atmosphere, but the TVs aren't in a great location. Only non-chain place I'd recommend. 2. Fox & Hound 3. Buffalo Wild Wings (What can I say? We don't have any good sports bars) Best casino: Sandia Casino - Largest of the casinos in town, but doesn't have the best odds. For the best odds go to Isleta (now known as Hard Rock). Best Dance club (only on Fridays): Casa Escenia - $20 cover for guys, but the best talent ABQ has goes there. If you don't want to pony up $20, then head to Que bar in Hotel Albuquerque right next to it. Stay away from downtown Albuquerque; that place is ****** and pretty ghetto. Best bar: Anodyne - Cheap ass drinks and there is no difference in price between top shelf and shelf drinks. I've had plenty of margs with Don Julio for $9. Good atmosphere. Get there early for a pool table. This is in downtown ABQ. Best bar scene/walking area: Nob Hill: On central from Carlisle to Girard. Places here to visit are Monte Vista Firehouse Station to Nob Hill Bar and Grill. Hit up Kelly's brewpub if you want to people watch and grab a beer. Decent beer selection. Breweries (we love our beer, like Coloradoans): 1. Marble Brewery 2. Chama Brewery 3. Lacumbre (highly recommended). 2 silvers at the World Beer Cup as well as 2 Bronzes and a Gold at the Great American Beer Festival. 4. Santa Fe Brewing Company 5. Il Vicino Brewery Canteen Other recommendations for places to eat: 1. Barela's coffee shop: Great coffee and good food. 2. Monte Carlo Steakhouse - Damn good prime rib. When you go in you enter through a liquor store. Go passed it and in the back is the restaurant. Upscale places to eat: 1. Seasons (downstairs) 2. Antiquity. I've heard nothing but great things about this restaurant, but my friends are too cheap to go with me. 3. Zinc 4. Torinos@Home (Italian). 5. Artichoke Cafe (Love this place) 6. Slate St Cafe 7. Vernon's Steakhouse (on Friday's it's a speakeasy, password is "Joe sent me"; incredible selection of alcohol and the owner is willing to give his feedback on different kinds of scotch, wine and even tequillas). Steaks are supposed to be pretty good, but are $50/plate, so we've only done the jazz+alcohol thing. 8. Marcello's chophouse (supposed to be great, in ABQ Uptown, but really pricey for us natives, haha) 9. Scallos in Nob Hill Hotel/Lodging: The Double Tree and the Hyatt downtown are nice and the Sheraton and the Hilton near the airport are nice and really close to the Pitt, but as with all chains they don't have as much local flavor. Still a good choice if you go that route. In no specific order. 1. Hotel Parq Central. Pretty close to the Pitt. It used to be a hospital, but they have since turned it into a hotel. It's supposed to be haunted. Very slick and a bit upscale. 2. Hotel Andaluz. Recently renovated. Love the feel. 3. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. Within walking distance of Old Town and a lot of the high end restaurants. 4. Sandia Casino 5. Hard Rock (formerly Isleta) Casino Both #4 and #5 are "out of the way," but aren't bad. About 15 minutes to the Pitt (not accounting for parking). There are a lot of decent places in town and, unfortunately, a lot of shady ones. Stay away from "motels" and just about anything off of Central (except #1). Let me know of the place you are thinking of staying and I'll tell you if it's in a crappy part of town. I don't mind helping fellow Buffs. I got room for 2 at my place if you don't mind the floor (for students), but you have to be vouched for by sacky since I've met him a couple of times, haha. I doubt he'd vouch for any of you assholes though! Stay away from eating at: Sadie's Gardunos El Pinto All of these places are tourist traps with ****** food. Decent to great atmosphere, respectively, but who gives a **** if the food sucks? Other things to do: 1. Canyon Rd in Santa Fe is beautiful with 100s of shops/galleries. Do this instead of the plaza if you go to Santa Fe. The plaza is nice, but this is great. 2. If you want to do some skiing hit up Taos on the way back to Colorado. If you like narrow chutes and ski blacks (single or double) it's great. Al's run is a one of the best runs I've ever skiied on (I've skied all throughout Summit Co and parts of SLC). 3. Old Town - All southwestern cities have a plaza/downtown area and this is Albuquerque's. It's definitely not as nice as Santa Fe's, but it's also not bad either. There are a couple of cool museums and shops around. Hit up the upstairs at Seasons (the downstairs is pricey, go in and up the stairs) for a good burger. 4. The weather here has been wonderful, for the most part, and if you are up for golfing then you should hit up some of the municipal courses. In order I'd do this: Arroyo Del Oso, Arroyo Del Oso Dam 9, Puerto Del Sol (only 9 holes), Ladera and Los Altos. Golfing here is cheap UNLESS you want to hit up the really awesome courses. If you do, I'd recommend Pakko if it's open; buy your golf tickets at Costco for $89, this is usually a $130 course. 5. Albuquerque Uptown is pretty nice. Nothing really too fancy, but something to do if you want to do a little shopping with the Mrs and want to eat somewhere; mostly chains, but OK. --- If anyone wants any recommendations on Santa Fe, unfortunately, I can't offer much advice. For other restaurants go to http://nmgastronome.com/blog/ and check out the highest rated section. Let me know if anyone else has any questions. Also, who am I going to go to the game with?