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Film & Food had the pleasure of having lunch with Eric from Follow Eric on Tuesday.  He is an all-around nice guy and we hope you get a chance to meet up with him around ABQ.  We decided to try Urban Hotdog Company, near Cottonwood Mall, since neither of us had been there before. I’m super pleased with that choice since I left there happy with meeting a new friend and fellow blogger and full from a delicious lunch!

Decisions, decisions. So many great creations on their menu but I settled on Le Bleu for myself and the Starter for my choosy teen tag-along.

Complimentary fries. A blogger perk, perhaps?

 

Le Bleu is…Le Yum

 

Le Bleu is a masterful creation.  A juicy hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with sauteed mushrooms, bleu cheese, and fresh thyme.  The buns deserve a mention here. Eric and I both thought they really helped move these dogs from “normal with great toppings” to gourmet status.  The bread is from local bakery, Pastians, and baked fresh daily. UHDC toast and butter the buns to give each selection that little something extra. And it works!

My teen is a bit of a choosy eater so she opted for the Starter, which is usually served with typical condiments: mustard, ketchup, onions, and relish.  She, however, likes her doggies plain.  So in her honor, I have henceforth renamed the Starter…the Purist.

naked Starter dog…The Purist. Or should that be, The Naturalist?

The sweet potato fries here remind me of 5 Star Burgers‘ fries but without all the oil that usually accompanies them.

Sweet potato fries

 

And now, take a look at what Eric ordered:

 

It’s Crafty!

 

The Crafty Dog is loaded with mac & cheese and chopped bacon. I’m ordering that when I go back to UHDC and soon! I intend to work my way through the menu.  For those of you who aren’t into hot dogs but your dining companions are, there is always the Not Dog. It could be a burger, specialty sandwich, or salad. Keep an eye on their website for details and specials.

Coming soon, Urban Hotdog Company will be handing out a type of rewards card to keep track of which dogs you are trying.  Also, look for an earlier opening time, 9 am, during the holiday shopping season.  They’ll be revealing a new breakfast dog and tasty specials so get ready!

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You really can’t beat the prices at Golden Chopsticks. The portions are generous, too. The cooks in the open kitchen are quick and will get your order out faster than you can watch this old video of the Back Dorm Boys lip syncing Chinese opera:

Everything we’ve ordered there has been fresh and not weighed down in sauce. Even the delicious orange chicken with its sticky, spicy sauce manages to remain light.

Spicy orange chicken

 

My absolute favorite thing on the menu is so inexpensive, it feels like I’m cheating somehow. Their wonton soup is the best in ABQ. You have to try it!

I always go get a double order of this when I’m sick

 

When you crave Chinese food, make a stop at Golden Chopsticks. You won’t be sorry! Sihk faahn!

 

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