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.
Gyros Mediterranean features Greek and Middle Eastern food served in an eat-in cafe or as take-out. Join the scores of University of New Mexico students who have been crossing Central Avenue to grab a quick, filling gyro here since the early 1980s. Besides the beef and lamb-packed gyros, the menu is also full of soup and salad options. If you are eating in and fancy an appetizer, try the Saganaki: a bubbling hunk of cheese cooked in front of you. For dessert, Baklava is a must, or for a real indulgence, sample the Chocolava: delicious chocolate-covered Baklava.
This family owned and operated Greek Cafe has a refreshingly throwback look to it, harkening back to Route 66's glory days when Albuquerque was one of the main stops. Located across from the University of New Mexico, it enjoys great local popularity, making long lunch lines the norm rather than the exception. Its gyros enjoy star-of-the-menu status, partly due to the homemade pita bread. The tiropitas and the spanakopita also come highly rated.
Simple, sustainable and fresh is the type of cuisine available at La Finca Bowls. Organic ingredients that are procured from local producers are utilized in the kitchen. The eatery offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes with specific dietary options as well. Generous portions are served on the table and these delights are also quite reasonable. Dig into a farmer or gardener bowl and pair it with a healthy yet tasty Coconut Chia Pudding to go 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.
This fun sushi joint sends your dishes to you along a revolving sushi bar conveyor belt system designed to look like a river with floating wooden boats. Their weird and wonderful creations with a New Mexican twist include Green Chile Chicken Rolls. Not for the sushi purist, perhaps, but definitely fun to experiment with, not to mention beautiful to look at. And the fact that Shogun Japanese Restaurant has been voted best in the city by the readers of all the local publications for years should be a good sign. Sashimi, tempura, soup, steak and desserts are also on the menu.