The Food Life: Alquds
Guest Writer Stephanie Gott
In New Mexico there is undoubtedly an abundance of delicious New Mexican food. There are so many New Mexican restaurants that one can occasionally tire of eating it. When this happens, I know exactly what to do: head to Alquds!
Situated in a strip mall just off of Montgomery and San Pedro in Albuquerque, Alquds is a welcome break from the constant burritos and enchiladas. They serve all things Mediterranean, from shawarma and falafel, to gyros and kabobs.
Founded in 2009, Alquds (the Arabic name for the city of Jerusalem) originally resided in a building on the opposite side of Montgomery, tucked away behind a conference center. Although it was obvious they had regular customers even then, the location was not ideal. Since then, Alquds has moved into their current (and much more conspicuous) location, bringing with it a slew of new customers.
At some restaurants you may find yourself paying more for the atmosphere than the food, but this is not the case at Alquds. Owned and run by family, it is obvious that they take pride in creating delicious food, with dishes that are a perfect blend of rich flavors. The customer favorite at Alquds is the beef shawarma plate. My personal favorites however, are the freshly-baked pitas stuffed with tomatoes, cucumbers, red cabbage and falafel. Not only does Alquds serve great food, but it is also affordable, with meals that won’t break the bank.
While the restaurant is the main attraction, Alquds also houses a small grocery store that stocks a variety of imported items. The owner Muhammad says that he has always had a passion for cooking and with the recent relocation he has achieved his dream.
Perfect for a rainy day (or any day), Alquds is Mediterranean food for the soul.