Albuquerque's premium destination when it comes to serving authentic Mexican food, Sadie's of New Mexico fits the bill with its genuine creations, true to family recipes. This award-wining restaurant lives up to its title by using only the freshest and finest raw material to create dishes that are nothing less than spectacular. Be it burritos, stuffed enchiladas or the simple salsa, this restaurant nails it in terms of flavor every single time. So if you are looking for some authentic Mexican affair, Sadie's of New Mexico is the place to be.
If you are looking for a fun night out with some friendly locals, then look no further than O’Niell’s Pub. This pub serves a variety of beers and spirits along with a selection of traditional pub food. Boasting an exquisite collection of whiskey, vodka and bourbon, as well as an impressive selection of craft beers and wine, whatever your choice of drink, this pub will surely deliver. Its scrumptious food menu features a host of delectable dishes from the classic English fish and chips, to a array of delectable sandwiches. They also have beer pairing dinners, which allow you to try a new brew that perfectly compliments your meal.
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.
M'Tucci's Kitchina is a charming restaurant that embodies the Italian love for good food and family. The restaurant is a comfortable and inviting place where friends and family can come together to share a delicious meal and some quality time with each other. The kitchen serves up a selection of modern Italian dishes that have been prepared with love and care. A few of the scrumptious delicacies on offer include potato leek bisque, five pork bolognese, Cannelloni Al Forno, pan seared duck breast and grilled herb hanger steak. Finish off with a serving of Tiramisu or that week's gelato and you are sure to leave with a happy smile on your face.
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.
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.
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.
Two Boys Donuts on Holly Avenue Northeast is a great place to grab a quick bite. In addition to donuts, you will also find a variety of refreshments like coffee, hot chocolate, juices and sodas. This counter-serve eatery is a must-visit for donut lovers. This store has another branch on Q Street in Uptown Albuquerque.
This locally popular restaurant has been in operation since 1974. The dining room is clean and comfortable, but the main dish here is the food, not the atmosphere. The owner, Mary Padilla, and her family members who work for her will greet you warmly, making you feel welcome. The food here is outstanding. True New Mexican dishes come to your table steaming, and leave you feeling full and happy. The chips and salsa are free with every meal, and the chips are made fresh every morning. The house favorites are Carne Adovada, Carnitas and Blue Corn Enchiladas.