There’s no shortage of great food to be had in Albuquerque, from upscale fine dining to local taquerias. And with so many restaurants, it can be difficult to decide where to go next.
To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite local eateries that will satisfy any appetite!
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1.Breakfast Burrito from Twisters
A breakfast burrito can be a great way to start the day. They are often filled with nutritious ingredients that can help your body stay energized throughout the day.
The Breakfast Burrito from Twisters is one of the best breakfast options in Albuquerque. This savory dish is made with whole wheat tortillas, lean meats, fresh vegetables, and low-fat cheese.
It is packed with protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals that can help your body burn fat more efficiently. It is also a good source of antioxidants, which can reduce your risk of heart disease and promote healthy blood circulation.
If you are on a weight loss program, you may want to consider a breakfast burrito as a way to jumpstart your metabolism. It can also provide a great source of protein to build muscle tissue.
While a standard breakfast burrito can contain 305 calories, there are a few ways you can modify the fillings to make them healthier. For example, you can replace the traditional flour tortilla with a lettuce wrap or replace the meat with low-fat chicken breast and beans.
2. Sopapilla from Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen
Sopapillas are crisp fritters made out of dough, traditionally served as a dessert in Mexico. They come in many different flavors, and are typically topped with honey or cinnamon sugar.
They can also be stuffed with things like cheese, scrambled eggs, beans, and chile. Regardless of what they’re stuffed with, sopapillas are always a delicious choice!
Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen is a family run restaurant that has been in business for more than 35 years. It has become a local favorite, thanks to its simple recipes and tight-knit family environment.
It’s not unusual to wait in line for a table at Padilla’s during lunch hours. It’s a testament to how much this place has been loved by multiple generations of UNM students.
Padilla’s serves up soft street-style tacos, traditional New Mexican cuisine, and a few upscale dishes, such as marina girl salad and made-to-order guacamole. You can even order a takeout Marg or party pack to feast on in the comfort of your home.
3.Brunch from The Grove Cafe & Market
The Grove is a cross between an airy art gallery and a country farmhouse, and its food is equally artisanal, locally sourced and largely organic. Its most notable offerings include a small but mighty menu of gourmet sandwiches (we liked the organic egg white frittata with cremini mushrooms, roasted asparagus and sourdough toast) that pair well with an equally impressive array of craft coffee drinks, or a glass of wine or two.
The Grove also has a nifty ice cream shop in the market district that serves up some delectable desserts in the form of non-dairy ice cream, smoothies and shakes with a high end twist. There’s even a tavern with an equally impressive beer selection. The Grove is a must-visit for anyone visiting Albuquerque in the future, but for the true locals it’s an excellent place to stop, sit and get your java on in the McCaffrey Center. Be sure to try the Grove’s tequila-infused margaritas. The drink might be a tad on the sweet side, but it’s well worth the tastebud tingling experience.
4.Tortillas from Golden Pride
Golden Pride is a fast food restaurant that offers a variety of eats. They have breakfast burritos, chicken, ribs, fish, salads, Tex-Mex dishes and more.
There is no question that the tortillas from Golden Pride are some of the best in town. You can get them stuffed with refried beans, avocado, guacamole, cheese, meat and more.
They are also low in calories compared to other similar items on the menu. This makes them a great choice for those who want to stay healthy while eating out.
These soft flour tortillas can be used to make a wide range of dishes, including burritos and tacos. The best part is that they are a lot cheaper than store-bought ones.
5. Bánh Mì from Banh Mi Coda
The Bánh M is a classic Vietnamese sandwich. It is a perfect combination of crispy bread, fresh veggies and grilled meat. It is a staple in most restaurants in Vietnam and is available worldwide.
The steamed pork sausage (cha lua) is the most popular banh mi filling in Ho Chi Minh City, but there are many variations. The steamed pork skin (thit nuong) and grilled chicken or pork are also commonly used.
These sandwiches are a true crowd pleaser, and the spiciness and flavor will keep you coming back. Whether you are looking for a healthy option or an all-out carb-fest, a banh mi is the perfect choice.
A local favorite on Central Ave, Banh Mi Coda has been serving up tasty Vietnamese sandwiches, noodle bowls, spring rolls and pastries since 2014. Their foot-long banh mi are crisp on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.
6. Blue Sky Donut from Rebel Donut
There’s nothing better than a warm, delicious doughnut to start the day! Move past your standard glazed and old-fashioned — New Mexico is home to several creative doughnut shops that dabble in unconventional fried pastry flavors and clever decorations.
Albuquerque’s Rebel Donut, which has two locations, is especially known for its Blue Sky donut. It’s a vanilla cake donut dipped in a pale azure glaze and studded with nuggets of a color-matched rock candy that looks like Breaking Bad’s main export, blue crystal meth.
Rebel owner Carrie Mettling opened her first shop last year in the Simms Building. Her second location is now open, and she plans to add a Downtown site in a month.
In addition to its signature Rebel donuts, which include Irish Coffee and Cream, Circus Animals and its “Breaking Bad”-themed Blue Sky donuts, the shop’s menu includes a wide range of other fun flavors. Some are based on local ingredients, such as a Blue Corn Honey Pinon doughnut that uses New Mexico’s favored cornbread, drizzled with a honey glaze and topped with toasted pine nuts.
7.Lunch Buffet from India Grill
Whether you’re in the mood for traditional New Mexican food or something more exotic, there are plenty of restaurants that can satisfy your appetite. From French and steak to seafood and Native American, Albuquerque has plenty to offer for all discerning tastes.
If you’re a fan of buffets, you should definitely visit the Lunch Buffet from India Grill. Not only will you be able to try a variety of different dishes, but this buffet is also great for those who are trying to cut down on calories.
The buffet is a good way to get a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables, as well as grains. This will help keep your diet in check, and it will also keep you fuller longer.
This is a great place to bring your family or important business colleagues if you want to give them a taste of home without sacrificing the quality and style that Albuquerque has to offer. There’s also an extensive selection of international wines that you can enjoy with your meal, making this a great choice for those looking to impress.
8.Cubano from Guava Tree Cafe
The Cubano from Guava Tree Cafe is a mighty sandwich made of roasted pork, sweet ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and yellow mustard on a crispy Cuban bread. It has been a staple in the Cuban food culture for generations and it is a great snack to take on your travels to Havana.
It is also great for you, because the savory ingredients in this sandwich are packed with vitamins and minerals. It can help improve circulation, reduce flatulence and relieve headaches.
Another popular Cuban sandwich is the pollito, which is stuffed with shredded chicken that has been cooked with garlic sauce. Besides the usual ingredients, this sandwich also features red bell peppers and tomatoes on a soft Cuban bread.
Aside from its traditional sandwiches, the menu at Guava Tree Cafe also features arepas, cornbread rounds that are popular in Colombia and Venezuela. They are often topped with meats and veggies, but one of my favorite arepas on the menu was this vegetarian version, which features a generous pile of shredded beef sprinkled with queso fresco between crumbly corn cakes. It was filled with a snappy garlic aioli and served with a side of fried green plantains, or tostones.