Step into the Launchpad and take off to the 'universal' world of music. In the background of a space-theme and dark-lit laid-back atmosphere, this hip country bar entertains with an eclectic mix of music played by local musicians and renowned talents. The dance floor invites the vivacious crowd to shake a leg or head-bang to the upbeat punk or the 1000 volt hard rock. While the state-of-art setting amplifies the performances, the full-stocked bar serves you with a premium selection to add to the experience. Hop in late to enjoy the peak of a power-packed night.
Crave Ice Cream & Coffee is a centrally located place to stop in for a break from your Old Town plaza shopping. Indeed it is so convenient that you can loiter on its front steps to watch the activities taking place on the plaza, such as music on the bandstand on summer evenings. Crave doesn't have the most extensive ice cream selection you'll ever see, nor does it offer toppings, but it certainly offers convenience of locale. There are also sundaes, smoothies, malts, shakes, floats, espresso drinks, flavored syrups, iced drinks, sorbet, frozen yogurt, fountain drinks, muffins and cookies rounding out the menu.
Delivering phenomenal quality of pizzas at reasonable prices is the strongest feature of Giovanni's Pizza. Also named as New Mexico's best pizza, this trendy pizzeria located in downtown is one of the highlights of Albuquerque.Here, what you will fall in love with the most, is the crispy and well-crafted thin crust. They can serve you pizzas that blend perfectly with your taste palate or they can prepare the classic New York style pie for you with the same amount of excellence. You can order either a full pizza or a single slice. Options such as home delivery and takeaway are also available.
With Mexican eats and recipes that go back to 1929 when this establishment first came into being, El Modelo still continues to make waves in the new century. The restaurant serves steaming hot Latin breakfasts including Huevos Rancheros, Tamales, Sopaipillas and burritos. While classic Mexican delights rule the roost, there are also a handful of New Mexican treats that are all set to tantalize your taste-buds here - such as the rice and bean loaded Chile Rellenos and Orden de Enchiladas replete with rolled cheese and Chile meat. You can also dial up your Mexican favorite with an extra serving of chips, eggs, bacon or cheese.
For the last 20 years Frontier has slowly acquired the better part of the block facing Central Avenue across from the UNM campus. You will see study groups, people having coffee and lunch or the famous Frontier Cinnamon Roll, which is a huge, fresh sweet roll swimming in butter. The atmosphere is western and simple, with booths and tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at no particular time. New Mexican dishes, sandwiches, soups, stew and salads, chicken, ribs, fresh squeezed juice, sodas, tea and cappuccino are also offered.
This all-day New Mexican eatery serves steaming hot meals prepared from owner Frank Barela's award-winning recipes. Discover the scintillating flavors of the traditional red and green chile sauces on freshly made Mexican treats such as enchiladas, Chile Relleno, Carne Adovada and Sopapilla. Succulent meats also feature in some of their specialties, where the richness of steak is combined with tantalizing Latin flavors - expect Steak Taco Plate, the Rib-eye Steak Burrito and Beef Burrito Plate, among others. With warm service and authentic food, Cocina Azul hits the spot when it comes to a hankering for Mexican delights.
Akin to its name, this place offers all things related to coffee. A haven for coffee lovers, Cutbow Coffee Roastology is a coffee roastery, bar and tasting room. Artisan coffee roaster, Paul Gallegos is the mastermind behind this idea. He personally roasts each batch of coffee to ensure the deliverance of premium quality. There’s hardly anything better than enjoying a hot cup of coffee in the fresh air. You can enjoy a hot cup of freshly- made coffee at the outdoor patio which also offers a seating area.
Set on San Pedro Drive Northeast in Albuquerque, Asian Pear opened its doors in 2015. They serve delectable homestyle Korean and Japanese eats with a New Mexican touch. It includes dishes like rice bowls, rolls, salads, pancakes, soups and more. This no-frills eatery is run by Jason and his wife, Kim and is a must-visit for Asian food lovers.
I Scream Ice Cream is an affordable, fun, family-oriented ice cream shop that includes a cafe-meets-play space packed with children's toys. The ice cream is not top of the range but this place is designed for the kids and is cheap and cheerful. Over thirty flavors are on offer, as well as twenty mix-ins (the first of which comes free with your ice cream). A variety of espresso drinks are on the menu for the less sweet-toothed. The cafe resembles the living room of a large family, with everything from rocking horses to books to Darth Vader masks scattered around to be played with.
Taqueria Mexico is a true hole-in-the-wall joint, with seven tables of four and a tiny lunch counter crammed next to an open kitchen. The place gets invariably packed, especially at lunch time. The food is cheap and delicious having a meat and seafood heavy menu which includes breakfast fare, tacos, burritos and soups. Try the excellent Caldo de Res for a low price, you will receive a tasty stew jam-packed with chunky beef and vegetables and accompanied with Spanish rice, onion, cilantro, lime and salsa fresca served in side bowls, plus your choice of flour or corn tortillas, wrapped in aluminum foil to keep them hot.