Horrors! New restaurant opens in Albuquerque

Even Oliver the manager takes orders during the evening at Blood Sausage. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

With its black-painted walls and tables strewn with ‘blood’, this Albuquerque restaurant is meant to be a homage to the ’80s horror films and their namesake item – blood sausage.

Blood Sausage, located at 138 Harvard SE, opened March 16th.

Co-owner Cameron Markham said the idea for the restaurant came from a childhood love of ’80s horror movies and a desire to open a haunted house style restaurant with “high performances.”

Owner Cameron Markham said his love of ’80s horror movies inspired the décor and menu items at Blood Sausage located in the Bricklight District south of the University of New Mexico. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

By late last year, he and his partner Elizabeth Blankstein came up with an idea that would later become blood sausage.

“Originally we thought we might open a horror bar,” he said.

However, they also decided to serve food, and blood sausage seemed an obvious choice for a slasher movie-centric restaurant.

Markham said his interest in blood sausage stems from his and Blankstein’s tendency to experiment with more adventurous items on menus while eating out and Blankstein’s Taoist origin since a version of blood sausage is often found in Taiwan.

Black Pudding at the new horror-themed Blood Sausage restaurant. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

“My partner and I are really, really big on adventure-filled culinary things, so any time we go out the most, like, there’s something in the world to try, that usually ends up being our favorite thing,” she said.

The menu offers three different types of home-made blood sausage inspired by German, UK and Taiwanese recipes.

For less adventurous diners, the restaurant also serves a chicken sandwich, pork burger, refrigerated pasta, grilled cheese, and several types of French fries.

In addition to food, the restaurant also offers beer and an “exceptionally nerdy” wine list, Markham said.

This is not Markham’s first restaurant endeavor.

Santa Fe patrons may recognize Markham and Blankstein as the duo behind Asian restaurant Liu Liu Liu.

Blood sausage is open from 5 pm to 11 pm from Wednesday to Friday and from 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit bloodsausagerestaurant.com or call 505-265-9452.

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