Vinaigrette is a charming restaurant that focuses salads. The menu has everything from traditional salads, like the Caesar or Greek, to signature creations, like The Beet Goes On or Cherry Tart. You can even personalize your meal by adding a topping including grilled shrimp, lemon-herb chicken breast, and grilled flack steak. Best of all, most of the ingredients are organic and come for local sources. If you're not in the mood for a salad then try one of their sandwiches or soups. Make sure you save room for dessert, with options like homemade ice cream and keylime cheesecake.
Ironwood Kitchen is known for delicious New Mexican-style comfort food. Made with fresh local ingredients, this casual restaurant offers American and Mexican dishes that combined create a unique New Mexican flavor. If you're in the mood for breakfast food try the country fried steak and eggs or the smothered breakfast burrito. You also can't go wrong with the Sixth Guy Burgers. The restaurant also has free WiFi.
St. Clair Winery and Bistro offers a variety of experiences to choose from: an affordable lunch or dinner, a beautiful outdoor patio packed with flowering plants and an indoor bar area for drinks, a special events room, and a tasting room. Whichever the occasion, you will be served St. Clair's wines from their own New Mexico vineyard, which is located in the Mimbres Valley in the southwestern corner of the state and has been run by the same family for six generations. St. Clair also offers a novel gift idea: buy a bottle of wine and they will hand paint a design onto it appropriate to the occasion.
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.
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.
The 66 Diner has established itself as a favorite among the locals as well as out of town visitors. Bring your appetite for great home cooking, blue-plate specials and the best milkshakes in town. The diner is located just west of the University of New Mexico on Historic Route 66. This diner is fun and fresh, lively and nostalgic. The decor is friendly and upbeat, definitely maintaining a retro-1950s and 1960s spirit. The jukebox is stocked with music from that era, and takes you down memory lane.
Saggios is a family-owned and operated pizzeria with an upbeat atmosphere. Massive pillars preside over booths and the front and side-panel of a Mercedes Benz serves as a sidebar and soda fountain. Choose from gourmet pizzas big and flavorful calzones, tasty sandwiches, salads, pasta and desserts. Beer and wine is served and if you have a craving for something sweet, try a piece of cheesecake.
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 coffeeshop sells quite simply the best baked goods ever. Made from scratch and on the premises, the scones are the lightest you will have ever tasted, and the key lime pie is also not to be missed. The sandwiches that comprise the bulk of the lunch menu are not cheap, but they are enormous, and include a choice of chips, side salad, cottage cheese, or the side of the day. The salads are similarly priced, but the breakfast menu is cheaper, offering signature French toast and sizzling breakfast burritos. Grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by on Central as you relax in this small, mellow establishment.
The Firehouse (an actual working fire station at one time) has been recognized as one of the finest restaurants located on Route 66. An historic landmark since 1935, this establishment has always drawn a variety of customers. Upstairs, you will find a more casual atmosphere and discover a great view of Central Avenue. Happy Hour on weekdays, safe on the pocket features drinks and food specials like Hot Chicken Wings. The menu includes various types of steak, seafood, pasta, fresh salads and soups.