Tierna Unruh-Enos is publisher at The Paper.


After squeaking through the pandemic and dealing with the challenges that are still affecting our state, we’re excited to present The Paper.’s first annual Albuquerque’s Best Readers’ Poll. We asked our readers to name their favorite businesses, service providers and local institutions—and they responded with a tidal wave of votes.

This year we are handing out kudos for the best in services, goods, cannabis, art, kids and everything in between. Plus, we’ve got all the best in food and drink. It’s one giant, award-filled issue! Cheer on your favorite spot or maybe find someplace new to try within these pages. Feel free to give these fine folks your business, because we all could use a little bit of help right now. Wear your masks, tip generously, and don’t forget to tell them you saw they won Albuquerque’s Best!