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There's a misconception that good seafood is rare in landlocked cities, and we're here to prove that that is very much not the case here in Albuquerque. In a city surrounded by delicious steakhouses and crab boils, take the time to check out these five Albuquerque spots for the best surf and turf around.

Pelican's Restaurant & Bar

If you're looking for a Fisherman's Wharf-style dining experience, look no further than Pelican's featuring fine seafood, Certified Angus Beef, and outstanding wines, all served in a space that resembles a dock with seaside memorabilia. There is a new special each day, and entrees are served with fresh-baked bread and roasted garlic, with a choice of baked potato, rice pilaf, fries, or a bottomless salad. You can't go wrong, but Wednesday's Australian Lobster Tail is a show-stopper.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Serving up New Orleans-style seafood, steaks, and salads, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Albuquerque offers a wide array of fine surf 'n turf dishes to please any palate. With Chef Selections like Seared Atlantic Salmon and Shrimp, or Grilled Tilapia and Jumbo Shrimp, seafood lovers will rejoice.

Down N Dirty Seafood Boil

Down N Dirty offers a wide variety of American comfort food, with a focus on seafood. If you're a soup lover, you've got to try the french bread soup bowls: clam chowder, gumbo, or lobster bisque. Their fish is always fresh and sold by the pound, so get prepared for your next at-home crab boil.

Crackin' Crab Seafood Boil

For the best seafood boil selection in Albuquerque, Crackin' Crab delivers high standards and quality seafood. Choose from a tasty selection of seafood sold by the pound, including Dungeness crab clusters, king crab legs, lobster tail, and more. Next up, select your sauce, either Crackin' Sauce or lemon pepper, and your preferred spice level. A favorite among locals, Crackin' definitely lives up to the hype.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

The steakhouse known for its sizzling, butter-topped steak has made the list for a good reason. They have perfected the broiling method and seasoning technique to ensure that your cut of USDA Prime Beef is cooked to perfection and served and sizzled on a crisp 500-degree plate. No fret if you're not into beef, they specialize in chicken, fish, and vegetarian fare to please any palate.

Get your seafood and steak fix at one of these fantastic spots in Albuquerque, NM, on your next surf and turf night out.

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