Indigo Crow is an upper-scale American restaurant in Corrales, N.M. Actually, it’s a converted house, as many buildings in Corrales are. The indoor seating area is small — it probably only holds 10 or 15 tables. But really, the whole experience of the Crow is to go and enjoy a romantic (or not), laid back meal on the outdoor patio. Make sure to make reservations though, because this converted old house is one popular place! (Bonus…they offer online reservations using!)

We love Indigo Crow. In all the times we’ve been there, we’ve never had a dish we didn’t like. The menu is seasonal and the chef almost always has nightly specials. Each Thursday night, the restaurant features the Chef’s wine dinner. If you so choose, diners get two entrees and a bottle of wine for $45 per couple. It really is a great deal.

Some must-have starter menu items are the fried calamari, the Caesar salad and the Catalina salad. The calamari has such a tasty batter that is slightly spicy (thanks to the wasabi) and comes with a delicious lime aioli. The dressing on the Caesar salad is house-made, along with the garlic parmesan croutons. My personal favorite is the Catalina salad. This is basically a cob salad kicked up a couple notches. It’s molded into a perfect square that pops off the plate in a beautiful 3D manner. I’m not a huge salad fan, but oh. my. god. I could eat this every day of my life.

As far as entrees go, you really can’t go wrong. Some of my favorites include the spicy Italian sausage pasta (which is basically just some sausage tossed with tomatoes and spinach in a garlic, butter, white wine sauce), the grilled Atlantic salmon with a sweet and spicy glaze and the grilled rack of lamb which comes with the Crow’s amazing parmesan risotto. The servers are always really helpful, so if you’re teetering between different entrees, don’t be shy. Their recommendations are sure to please.

On this particular night, we did the Chef’s wine dinner. There were two specials on the menu in addition to the usual fare. I went with the shrimp fra diavolo, a spicy shrimp pasta dish, and man was it spicy! It had a creamy white sauce (but not alfredo) that had a hint of lemon and was spiced with what must have been a few tablespoons of red pepper flakes. I’m no stranger to spicy foods, but this had a kick. It was delicious. Billy had the Atlantic salmon with wild rice and green beans. The fish was so moist and cooked to perfection. It had a what seemed like a white wine lemon sauce with pine nuts. I might have eaten more of his than I did mine, hehe.

My Shrimp fra Diavolo

My Shrimp fra Diavolo

Billy's Salmon with Wild Rice and Green Beans

Billy's Salmon with Wild Rice and Green Beans

Indigo Crow’s dessert selection usually consists of some items made with seasonal fruits as well as one or two chocolate items to satisfy a sweet tooth such as mine. As you will soon realize, I have an obsession with molten lava cakes. In one word, let me describe the lava cake at the Crow: uh-maz-ing. My mouth is literally watering thinking about it. Get it. I’m not joking.

If you live in the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho area and haven’t yet been to Indigo Crow, I would highly suggest it. It’s a little pricey for a typical night out, but it’s most definitely worth every penny. Visit their Web site to take a look at their menu and make a reservation. You won’t be sorry.

P.S. If you’re a breakfast person, the Crow has an amazing brunch on Sunday’s. Reservations are a must because the place fills up fast. I highly recommend it though.

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