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Lobo Beast Brings a Gastropub with a Flair for Fusion Foods to Albuquerque

By Marina I. Jokic

Lobo Beast first opened its doors to the Albuquerque community in May of last year. The concept for the restaurant was created with the hopes of offering both something fresh to the community and creating a friendly place for college students to gather, relax and grab a bite to eat. People of all ages have been flocking to Lobo to try their creative menu and the many, many beers.

Walking into Lobo, you might notice the shaded patio and spacious, simply furnished dining area. Having outdoor seating is a must for Owner Sham Naik, giving customers a chance to enjoy the pleasant New Mexico weather. Because "everyone's a Lobo," Naik says, they have decorated the space using primarily black and red colors, industrial style furniture, and adorning the walls with funky, old-time sports photographs. The bold colors are a fitting complement to the hearty dishes full of character and flavor.

Anyone visiting Lobo for the first time must try their Royal Mac and Cheese with sherry lobster, which Naik passionately recommends. "Pair this dish with any one of our house brewed beers and your experience will be complete," he says. Other popular menu items include the freshly made organic popcorn with your choice of seasonings, the Double Fried Jumbo Ale Chicken Wings, and the Bourbon Pecan topped with avocado, mango and mixed berry sauce.

Lobo is unlike many restaurants in town simply because of the wide variety of original foods. They offer more than ten appetizers, filling soups and salads in addition to a robust lineup of entrées. "What you might notice is that these choices are dishes that you just don't see anywhere else like our Beast Chips Poutine, for example," mentions Naik.

Another important part of what sets Lobo Beast 101 apart from other local restaurants is their engagement in the community. Most Sundays they donate up to 25% of the day's food sales straight to charitable causes in their community through their Sunday FUNDday events. To support these organizations all the public has to do is come in to dine with them at Lobo Beast 101, having to hassle with presenting your server with a flier or mentioning the featured organizations name is not needed.

Beer aficionados are in for a treat. In addition to their surprisingly good $5 wines and a solid repertoire of cocktails, Lobo has a rich selection of over one hundred distinct beers, ciders, and ales from all across the U.S. and thirteen house-crafted brews. It really runs the gamut of beer. "Overall, no matter who you are or what kind of flavor you are looking for, we are sure to have something to satisfy you," promises Naik.

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