8019 Menaul Blvd Ne, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8711035.109530 -106.554891
Neighborhoods: Sombra Del Monte, Northeast
I like to eat! – We went to Relish today on the recommendation of a friend. We were disappointed to find the Central location seems to have changed into something else, so we settled for the Menaul location uptown.
Pros: Ultra-friendly cashier, flavorful sandwiches.
Cons: Haphazard atmosphere (the place looks half-finished and has zero ambience), sloooooooooooooooow service.
We waited over 40 minutes for our sandwiches. (this would have really ticked me off if I'd gone in there on my lunch hour because I would never have had time to eat) Granted, they were busy, but a centrally-located business should probably be able to anticipate and prepare for a daily lunch rush.
Aside from the glacial-paced service, we were disappointed that they'd run out of sides, forcing us to have chips instead, and they'd also run out of the special alpinette rolls for our sandwiches, so we had to settle for plain ol' rolls.
We ordered the Mediterranean and the Grinder and when they finally came, we agreed that while the sandwiches were both tasty, they weren't a great value. My friend's Grinder in particular, looked pretty chintzy and small for its $9.50 price tag, with hardly any meat on it.
Eating around the country one flight at a time – In search of something easy, to fill my belly, close to my hotel in Albuquerque, I came across Relish. A quick check on yelp and I headed in. The shop is small and basic, but the sandwich is anything but. I ordered the Cubano, it came with a side salad, I chose the slaw, and a dill pickle. I paid my tab, 11 dollars, and headed back to the hotel.
When I got back to my room I unwrapped the HUGE warm, toasty, crusty sandwich and ate the entire thing, and thought about going to get another one for later. A combo of roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, all smeared with a cilantro mayo that made me lick the paper. The sandwich is crunchy on the outside, warm and melty on the inside and big enough for two! Unless you are me who doesn't like to share.
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