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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.
Weekend brunch hours at the Grove Café and Marke find it packed, and for good reason. The Grove offers a delicious selection of freshly made breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads (try the Farmers Salad: a medley of golden beets, almonds, goat cheese, asparagus, yellow peppers and greens). Cocktails brighten up the brunch hour: sample a glass of vinho verde (Portuguese "green wine", which can be hard to find in the United States) or play it safe with a mimosa. Last but not least, The Grove also makes the absolute best cupcakes in town.
Not all pubs can give you the pubbing experience which Irish pubs do. Located in the heart of the Nob Hill district in Albuquerque, Two Fools Tavern gives you a true feel of Ireland. A fireplace keeps the insides of the pub warm and cozy, while illuminating and adding to the beauty of the wooden interiors. The seating arrangement is generously done, which makes Two Fools a class a apart from the usual dingy and cluttered pubs. Due to its casual and inviting atmosphere, it provides for the perfect place to relish some authentic Irish pub fare and indulge in conversations. Needless to say, the pub stacks up on a variety of Irish stouts, beers and intoxications which complement the delicious food.
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.