It’s been a challenge to find a restaurant whose sole focus is on vegetarian cooking. Of course, you’ve got Annapurna, which is great if you’re following a vegan diet, but the pool of vegetarian restaurants seems a bit shallow in Albuquerque. I began a quest to find more and located The Acre restaurant. While I balance my diet between carnivore and herbivore, The Acre’s menu is great for those who enjoy the carnivore lifestyle as well.

No pun intended when I say this, but they have an acre of plant-based options. Before I ordered my first meal, I decided what dish I really wanted to experiment with. Two options caught my eye. There was the Meat(less)loaf ($14) and the BBQ combo plate ($16). I decided to try the loaf. I’m a big meatloaf guy; it reminds me of good ole Southern-style cooking.

The Meat(less)loaf

Upon taking the first bite, I was immediately flabbergasted. There was very little difference in taste between “meat” and “meat(less).” Of course, the consistency was slightly divergent, but overall it was sensational. We all know meatloaf consists of a wild mess of heavy meats, but the blend of chickpeas, zucchini and mushrooms all complemented each other swimmingly.

Each menu item is incredibly enticing. Dishes you would normally see stuffed with meat substituted with an alternative plant option would typically have a meat-eater like me turn away. But to match the taste and quality of these classic items is definitely worth the bite.

If you’re up to try something a little different, I recommend you head here. Food that will make you feel good about your health makes it worth the try. After my last meal, I got the BBQ plate in my foresight.

The Acre Restaurant

4410 Wyoming Blvd. NE

Neighborhood: Heights

Category: Vegetarian

Phone: (505) 299-6973

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Cade Guererro

Cade is young journalist who has worked at publication in Austin, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He focuses on the cultural topics of Albuquerque.

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